SizweNtsalubaGobodo chair to address SAICA accounting students

BY SUPPLIED - APRIL 14, 2015

This year’s edition of the SAICA Thuthuka Bursary Awards dinner (which recognizes students’ performance in the 2014 academic year) will be taking place on Thursday 16 April 2015 at 18H00 in the Great Hall at the Zamakulungisa Site on WSU’s Mthatha Campus.

The Keynote address will be delivered by WSU (then University of Transkei) alumnus Nonkululeko Gobodo, Chairperson of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, South Africa’s largest black-owned accounting firm.

The awards evening aims to recognize all the industrious top achievers in the various accounting disciplines and other related subjects. Hopefully, they will continue to do well in the ensuing years.

Chantyl Mulder, Executive Director: Nation Building says, “WSU has done exceptionally well. This stems from committed students, dedicated lecturers and exceptionally good leadership. This converged effort can only lead to incredible growth and development.”

WSU School of Accounting Head of Department Francis Kwahene says: “All our students stand out. Their hunger for knowledge, understanding and their desire to improve their lives, makes our job very easy.”

In 2012, WSU embarked on a journey to regain SAICA accreditation with much-needed aid from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Minister Dr Blade Nzimande invested just over R84 million over four years into the University’s Accounting Department through the National Skills Fund.

To this end, SAICA provides administrative support, whilst UCT provides academic support in order to deliver high quality lecturing to the learners on the programme. Apart from providing funding for studies, students were provided with access to mentors, given workplace skills training and introduced to learnership opportunities.

The project also saw many highly qualified lecturers being attracted to the WSU programme and even setting down roots in Mthatha.

The Thuthuka Bursary Fund is a transformative initiative by SAICA aimed at encouraging previously disadvantaged black learners at University to pursue a career in the Chartered Accountancy (CA) profession.