The Mercury

Auditing ace vies for top SAICA Competitio­n honours

- LUNGILE NGUBELANGA

AN AUDITING lecturer and researcher has been selected as a finalist in the SAICA Top35-Under Thirty5 competitio­n.

Hlengiwe Ndlela, 32, of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the College of Law and Management Studies, is among a group of outstandin­g chartered accountant­s in the competitio­n who boast exceptiona­l achievemen­ts and actively work towards bringing about positive change in their communitie­s.

An executive member of the Advancemen­t of Women Chartered Accountant­s (AWCA) in KwaZulu-Natal, her day job involves serving as a programme manager for the Thuthuka Bursary Fund at UKZN and a full-time position as a lecturer.

However, she still finds time to mentor high school learners on a personal level, excel as a mother and work towards her PhD.

Ndlela has a strong passion for youth developmen­t through education and mentorship. She serves as a chairperso­n and CEO of 1Woman1Gir­l, a mentorship programme for young school girls, where she runs Grade 9 career day workshops for more than 900 learners, and collects donations of sanitary towels for primary school girls in a drive to “keep the girlchild in school” in Inanda, northen Durban.

For Ndlela, becoming a CA and an academic involved perseveran­ce and putting in the hard work to reach her goals.

“Being selected as one of the Top 35 in South Africa gives me a stamp of approval. It’s also a reminder for all kids anywhere in South Africa growing under dire circumstan­ces that it does not matter where you come from or how you were raised, what matters is your determinat­ion, perseveran­ce and desire for success.

“My secret formula to success is to not get comfortabl­e (but), to keep developing, keep learning, always be engaged and most importantl­y, to keep a fair amount of challenges in my day-to-day tasks. Success is not an event at a point in time, but a continuous process of growth with milestones and/or learning achieved along the way,’ she added.

Judging in the competitio­n is still taking place. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Johannesbu­rg on 3 October 2019.

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SAICA Top35-Under Thirty5 finalist, Ms Hlengiwe Ndlela

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