Women’s Day – not just about the ladies

TEA TIME: Students celebrated Women's Day at the Accounting Student Council's  High Tea, today at the Wits Origins Centre.  From left:  Tebogo Selabe, 3rd year BAccSci, Suzan Lesame, 3rd year BCom Accounting,  Moleboheng Sefume, 3rd year BAccSci and Tinyiko Mareane, 3rd year BEconSci Photo: Lameez Omarjee

TEA TIME: Students celebrated Women’s Day at the Accounting Student Council’s High Tea, at the Wits Origins Centre. From left: Tebogo Selabe (3rd year BAccSci), Suzan Lesame (3rd year BCom Accounting), Moleboheng Sefume (3rd year BAccSci) and Tinyiko Mareane (3rd year BEconSci). Photo: Lameez Omarjee

Young women and their male counterparts were inspired to overcome challenges in pursuit of their dreams at the Accounting Student Council’s (ASC) high tea celebration of Women’s Day today at the Wits Origins Centre.

The ASC hosted two events, a ‘gentlemen’s’ breakfast and a high tea for the women.  The dual-event is new introduction to the celebrations of Women’s Day and was done to give a voice to men on this day.

Building character

“We need to also tell men to be responsible.  A lot of issues that women have is because of men, so we essentially trying to build men of character,” said Danki Mokwena, ASC Projects and Campaigns Officer.

Women were also told to create their own paths for progress and not to rely on men.  “In 1956 the female narrative was as under-represented as it is today.  Those women took a bold step to challenge authority,” said Khaya Sithole, Wits accounting lecturer and one of the event organisers.

“We don’t take enough action to proactively change women issues.  Women should rise to the challenge and make their voices heard.”

“We don’t take enough action to proactively change women’s issues.  Women should rise to the challenge and make their voices heard.”

Professional wisdom

Students were treated to the wisdom of successful professionals from a variety of fields, not just accounting.

Young men were inspired by the likes of actor and Wits alumnus Tumisho Masha, and medical doctor Vuyani Mhlami, who “achieved so much at a young age”, according to Siphesihle Mchunu, second-year BAccSci.

Businessman, Sisa Ngebulana told male students about the challenges he faced in his career and the lessons he learnt.  “It’s not about the money.  Leave a legacy.  Create something that can survive you and generations to come.”

Guest speaker, Zukie Siyatula, CEO at Thebe Capital, wanted more women to feel comfortable about being ambitious.  “They need to give themselves permission to be successful”, she said.


Witsies dominate accountancy test

Wits students dominated an annual competency test for accountants by obtaining 5 of the 10 highest results nationally.


The students participated in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) ‘Initial Test of Competence” (ITC) on Wednesday.


The test is written yearly as a prerequisite for all prospective Chartered Accountants. SAICA is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes and provides support services to more that 34 000 members who are Chartered Accountants and hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in their spheres of business operation.


Mandi Olivier, SAICA’s Senior Executive: Professional Development said in a media release:  “Most of these members operate in commerce and industry, and play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.”


This year the results show that 73% of the 3117 candidates who wrote the test passe, a score that has increased by 14% from last year.


Olivier said: “There continues to be a good growth in the number of African candidates writing the ITC with their proportion of the exam population increasing from 27% to 30% (933 candidates), the majority being first timers.


The Wits SRC caused some controversy on Thursday when they congratulated the top Wits students by tweeting: “#SAICABoardExams The top five are Wits students. Well done Witsies!!”


This tweet caused outrage amongst students as it was in fact incorrect.  Although five students made it into the top ten, they were not all part of the top five.


The SRC later apologized for the error.


The top ten results are as follows:


1. Shaun Brett Croock; University of Johannesburg

2. Gordon Bradley; University of Witwatersrand

3. Jithen Vadival Pillay; University of Cape Town

4. Muhammed Munshi; University of Witwatersrand

5. Steven Marc Hurwitz; University of Witwatersrand

6. Gene Amor Samuels; University of Cape Town

7. Johann Steyn; university of Johannesburg

8. Christopher Eric Guattari- Stafford; University of Cape Town

9. Martin Lawrence Richman; University of Witwatersrand

10. Kishan Govan; University of Witwatersrand