STEPHANIE VEN­TER

Finweek English Edition - - TOP WOMEN - In my cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment ca­reer, I think it was be­ing cho­sen as one of the Vo­da­com Change the World Vol­un­teers, where the vi­sion is to get a skilled pro­fes­sional the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer their time at an or­gan­i­sa­tion on a more per­ma­nent ba­sis

SE­NIOR AU­DIT­ING LEC­TURER AT THE UNIVER­SITY OF JOHANNESBURG (UJ) Ven­ter was re­cently nom­i­nated as one of the Top35-un­der-35 char­tered ac­coun­tants in the Ac­coun­tan­cySA com­pe­ti­tion. As a se­nior lec­turer at Ac­coun­tancy@UJ, Ven­ter founded and fa­cil­i­tated #UJGr8Deb8, a sec­ond-year pro­ject for the univer­sity’s BCom ac­count­ing stu­dents that equips stu­dents with the skills to be lead­ers in the work­place. She is also de­part­men­tal com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co­or­di­na­tor at UJ, and a two-term Vo­da­com Change the World Vol­un­teer at the Klip­town Youth Pro­gramme (KYP). There she started the KYP Ca­reer Cen­tre and the KYP Bur­sary Fund that cur­rently sup­ports 11 full-time stu­dents. KYP has se­cured a R4.3m part­ner­ship with the Ser­vice Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion And Train­ing Au­thor­ity (Seta) for pro­fes­sional train­ing. pro­gramme was se­ri­ously an an­swer to the prayers and gave me the op­por­tu­nity to use my skillset be­yond the fi­nan­cial world to be­come a prob­lem-solver in a com­mu­nity that I care for. At KYP, fund­ing for bur­saries will al­ways be a chal­lenge. Top achiev­ers in pri­vate schools are most likely to re­ceive bur­saries for their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, when you look at an av­er­age per­former that has the ca­pa­bil­ity to make it in cor­po­rate South Africa, it be­comes slightly more chal­leng­ing. The bur­sary fund, ad­min­is­tered by Studie Trust, should ul­ti­mately be a ve­hi­cle for any per­son to as­sist ca­pa­ble stu­dents from the Klip­town com­mu­nity fi­nan­cially to study fur­ther. This will change the land­scape of the com­mu­nity and the op­tions of the gen­er­a­tion to come.

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