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Anele Samantha Mthiyane, 25, attributes her ability to pursue her accounting career dreams to SAICA. She participated in the SAICA Enterprise Development (ED) Khulisa iBiznis program as an unemployed accounting graduate, and today Mthiyane is proud to hold the SAICA accounting technician diploma. [AT(SA)] designation. This is the story of his success…

“My plans are to grow in my career, especially in my current workplace, as there is room for growth. As part of this growth, I plan to then study my postgraduate degree in Accounting Management. “

Mthiyane works for a small accounting firm, Rossal98, in Centurion, Gauteng. The firm provides accounting, auditing and advisory services and as a Trainee Accountant, Mthiyane performs accounting and bookkeeping work for clients, submits their tax returns and captures all client transactions to establish their monthly management accounts. “I also undertake audit projects, which requires me to verify information sent by clients using audit procedures to provide audit reports after each project,” she adds.

Her current job is her first as an AT(SA), but after participating in the SAICA Enterprise Development (ED) Khulisa iBiznis program supported by JP Morgan, she can already say that the most important technical skill for her role is “to be able to do the basics for a client, which is bookkeeping tasks. You also need to understand everything about running a business and know all the legal requirements.” In short, she says, while gaining experience during the program and in her current job, she learned that accounting technicians deal with and understand all the basic work of a business.” They keep the business in compliance with the law and help keep the business running on a day-to-day basis.”

Furthermore, Anele maintains that it is very important “to be able to work well under pressure. Sometimes the workload is very heavy, but at the same time you have to provide quality work”.

Family influences

To get to the point where her career begins to blossom, she had to overcome a tragedy during her student years. Here’s how she tells her story: “I grew up in a rural area called Amahlongwa in KwaZulu-Natal and went to the University of Johannesburg (UJ), where I studied for my degree in accountancy, followed by higher degree in financial management. . Discovering that my mother had cancer in my second year of studies in 2016 was a blow. We fought throughout 2017 to help her get better. There was even a period in June when we were told his cancer was gone. But unfortunately, in July and August, his condition worsened. The cancer went straight to stage 4. My mother lost her battle with the disease and passed away in April 2018, a month before my first degree.

2018 was therefore a difficult and stressful year for Mthiyane, “especially as I was studying for my higher degree. At some point, I felt that I had lost my motivation for anything in life – but I continued to study, because I didn’t want to disappoint the people who supported me by paying my fees, my food and my accommodation. My fees were all paid in cash by my mother and stepfather, even when my mother was sick. While my dad focused on his hospital bills, my aunt (who is CA(SA) and inspired me with the dream of becoming an accountant) helped me pay my bills in 2018.”

From her own experience, Anele says young people “should make sure they research possible directions they might want to study in and be sure they are ready to commit to completing what they they begin, because the journey is not always easy. for everyone”.

The SAICA ED experience

Mthiyane decided to work towards AT(SA) status when, in 2019, she joined the SAICA ED Khulisa iBiznis program supported by JP Morgan. She came across the Job Readiness Project while looking for a job at the time. Indeed, “it was also the first time I had heard of the AT(SA) designation and qualification”. She was excited to join the SAICA ED program because it meant gaining some of the experience that companies demand of employees: “It helps bridge the gap between finishing school and finding a job.”

She says that because the Khulisa iBiznis program (which literally means “grow your business” in isiZulu) is designed to help small businesses become funders and ready to invest, it has had many benefits: “The program is important for small businesses that benefit from the services of individual trainees working on the program, as it helps SMEs that are starting their business through training and mentoring.At the same time, a person who has completed their studies but is still looking for a job can greatly benefit from the program as it provides administrative support to companies participating in the program.I was attracted to the program when I was looking for a job and was able to hone my bookkeeping skills and in accounting while working towards the AT(SA) designation and SAICA Associate Membership.

She adds, “Working with small businesses has given me experience in almost all the different parts of running a business and its challenges. I was exposed to real business issues in a more practical way as I had no trading experience at the time. I am grateful to Rossal98 and Sibusiso Mavuso, who was in charge of helping us to carry out the activities and the work that we had to do.

Mthiyane says SAICA ED “helped me build my career from the foundation stage. During my participation in the Khulisa iBiznis program, I also learned some very valuable life skills, including how to approach an interview with a potential employer. I’m much more confident now.”