CA Nights

Sep 18, 2017

SAICA’s CA Nights events in Cape Town (held at the Deloitte Greenhouse on 6 July) and Johannesburg (on 15 August, at Equinox in Sandton) were a smashing success, with speakers and a line-up that motivated trainees to stay on their journey to greatness. The Cape Town event was full of highlights, from the writable walls where guests were encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about greatness, to inspirational speakers - men and women who embody the idea of greatness in the flesh. The event was hosted by Sandile Philip, CA(SA) and SAICA Southern Region President.

The first speaker for the evening was Chris van Zyl, CA(SA) and a Stormers Rugby player. Chris delivered an inspiring address on his personal journey and how his CA(SA) qualification has opened doors for him, many of them unexpected. He also spoke about going ‘beyond the books’, doing things a little differently to stand out more, and pave the way for greatness. Kayalethu Nodada was next to take the stage. He is also a CA(SA), as well as an analyst and co-fund manager at Old Mutual Equities. Siphosethu Ntswayi, a CA(SA) and an investment analyst at Allan Gray Proprietary Limited, followed. Both spoke of their own career paths and the challenges they have faced and conquered to get where they are today.

The welcome speech at the Johannesburg event was delivered by Jimmy Kalambo, CA(SA) and founder of Kuwasha Advisory. He is also a fellow at the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders. He was followed by Vusi Thembekwayo – one of the country’s brightest young stars. Vusi is one of the youngest directors of a JSE listed company, CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm which has been instrumental in driving major change across the industry, as well as owner of his own consulting business, Motiv8; in addition to serving on a number of boards and being a well-known business speaker – not to mention the fact that he was one of the Dragons on popular business investment show, Dragons Den Africa. Lyndsay Maseko took guests through his journey to greatness, as the first black CA(SA) to be appointed at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), lecturing in all four accountancy disciplines. He is also a shareholder, director and lecturer at APT, served as audit committee chairman at SAFIKA Resources and is a co-opted member of the UJ Tender Committee. Charity Simamane was also part of the line-up of truly inspirational professionals who took the time to share their stories. Charity is the manager of financial services and asset management at PwC. She started her career as an academic trainee at UJ, as well as working with and looking after UJ’s Thuthuka students. She has a gift for speaking and inspiring young people, which she shares with learners at the motivational talks she gives at high schools and universities around career awareness; her participation in SAICA’s annual development camps is also closely aligned to her passion for youth development.

Both the Cape Town and Johannesburg events featured a Q and A session where the trainees were invited to interact and engage with the speakers. “Our aim is to show that while creativity is not something that is traditionally associated with a career in accounting, if creativity is what drives you, the scope of the qualification is sure to lead you to it. The message is that with a CA(SA) qualification, there are limitless opportunities open to you, both within and outside the traditional business sector,” Adri Kleinhans, Project Director for Training at SAICA comments.

Click the videos below for a snapshot of the events and watch this space for details on the Durban CA Nights event which will be taking place in November.

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