Lyndsay Maseko has always been determined to break the mould of traditional definitions of success; particularly after his rejection of two job offers in favour of pursuing a career in academia resulted in him being asked if he had no ambition, or if the money offered was not enough.

He explains that the fact that he is a CA has never been a measure of success or financial privilege in his eyes. Rather he sees his qualification as a stepping stone to greatness.

His determination has certainly seen him achieving much in his chosen field – in 2008, he became the first black CA(SA) to be appointed at UJ. Here, he has lectured in all four accountancy disciplines, three at CTA level.

As someone who thrives on challenge and is not afraid to embrace change, Lyndsay constantly raises his own personal bar. To this end, he has obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Auditing, with a minor dissertation that was assessed well above the 75th percentile. Still, he points out that nothing he does is to get accolades, but rather he hopes that what he has learnt will enable him to change lives.

With lecturing as one of his greatest passions, he is ideally placed to fulfil this dream and as a CTA, board course and professional programme lecturer, Lyndsay treasures the opportunity he has to mould and nurture the profession and encourage those who have chosen to take the CA path. And because he is so passionate about lecturing it doesn’t feel like work.

Lyndsay is also a shareholder, director and lecturer at APT (one of SAICA’s accredited professional programme providers). In addition, he serves as audit committee chairman of Safika Resources (Pty) Ltd and is a member of the UJ tender committee, responsible for approving all tenders in excess of R1 million and ensuring that stringent governance principles are adhered to.

Lyndsay makes full use of every moment of his time; he is actively involved in lectures for the Thuthuka Fund as well as assisting with career days organised by the Tirisano Foundation, an NGO focused on uplifting schools in Soweto. Recently, Lyndsay has established an academic mentorship and bursary programme in his home town in the Eastern Cape, to foster academic excellence in this rural community.

Ever humble, Lyndsay believes that everything he has done is to the credit of his grandmother who raised him, his father who inspired him, his mother and siblings who have always supported him, not to mention the motivation and love he receives from his wife and children.

He dreams of pioneering high performance schools in disadvantaged communities, where children are taught not only the value but also the power of education. “If you be dream it, you can be it,” he insists. 

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