Accountancy SA’s annual 35-under-35 competition shows just how many successful CAs (SA) there are in the country, and the magazine aims to recognise and celebrate these remarkable individuals for their positive contribution in terms of leadership, career achievements and CSI initiatives. This week’s top 35-under-35 is Ayanda Sepamla, the Business Manager for the Managing Executive of Absa Business Banking.
Ayanda is passionate about learning and her mantra is to learn something in every environment and circumstance. “My early learning experiences at the University of Cape Town were in the fast-paced basketball first team and, later, as an elected member of the Commerce Student Council. My take-aways were teamwork, shared trust and the privilege and responsibility of being elected to represent and be the voice for the interests of others.”
Moving on to her formal career as a CA (SA), she chose Ernst & Young for her articles, a firm renowned for servicing global, complex and high-profile clients and allowing capable and driven juniors to rise through the ranks. Her performance rewarded her with access to some of the company’s largest clients, gaining valuable experience in decision-making and management oversight and proving that she thrives in high-pressured team environments.
Ayanda’s ability to demonstrate a fresh approach to banking and an intellectual curiosity, as well as a proven ability to assimilate into new environments, resulted in her landing her current position of Business Manager for the Managing Executive of ABSA Business Banking at Barclays Africa Group.
Ayanda is passionate about driving women’s personal and professional growth and she has always had a desire to give back by engaging, enabling and empowering women. This drove her to co-found the Mbewu Movement: a thought leadership, mentorship and community engagement body aimed at exposing young people and women to inspirational leaders and development opportunities. She is also the lead contributor for the Working Gal blog on Under5foot.co.za, which provides career development and financial literacy advice via a real-life-engaging digital forum. Additionally, she is the CFO of Thought School – a body that provides English and Mathematics tutorship for disadvantaged students in Cosmo City on the West Rand of Johannesburg.
Apart from describing herself as a “spiritual being, spa junkie and travel enthusiast with an eye for fashion and all things feminine”, something most people don’t know about Ayanda is that she was a drum majorette for eight years and represented both Gauteng and the junior national team.
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