UL, SAICA bid for more CA’s

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) together with the School of Accountancy have introduced a learners’ development program in an effort to upsurge the amount of Black Chartered Accountants in South Africa.
The event, hosted on the Turfloop Campus, follows a statistics that indicates a wide gap that exists between Black, Coloured and White CAs in South Africa. With a standing figure of at least 36 000 registered CAs (SA), Blacks and Coloured practitioners are at least 4000.
The programme seeks to encourage learners who are in grade 12 to take up careers in Accountancy, and practise as Chartered Accountants.
Mr Ntatho Selebi, Project Director at the Thuthuka Bursary Fund, said: “South Africa has a serious need for CA’s. We need to have more black and coloured Chartered Accountants, Thuthuka has come to recruit you as young black people to join the few existing CA’s in the field,” Selebi said.
Some of the activities of the day involved sudden tests to evaluate the level of competency among these learners. An 18-year-old Murunwa Munyai from Mopani Intermediate High School received premier marks in all the tests and was named best learner of the programme.
“My dream is to become a successful Chartered Accountant one day. I - obtained 93% in Accounting because of the inspiration I get from my parents who are both professionals in Accountancy,” Munyayi said.
Gift Mphahlele won the male category after scoring 99 % which is the highest marks in Mathematics. The 17-year-old star from Makgoka High School, who is passionate about Biomechanical Engineering, said that he will consider CA as a second choice.
Professor Cosmas Ambe, Director of School of Accountancy (SoA) urged the 187 learners who attended the programme to work hard in order to achieve their dreams. He announced that best male and female learners of this programme will get a once of bursary worth R25, 000 each, should they enrol with the University of Limpopo to study Accountancy in 2015.