Accountants get a new jobs portal

A new career management portal was launched in Johannesburg today with the intention of matchmaking graduates with prospective employers.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants SAICA launched their new jobs portal in the hope that the platform will address the difficulties people experience in finding work and managing their careers in today’s tough economic circumstances. CEO Matsobane Matlwa says he hopes the facility will help bring qualified jobs seekers and businesses who seek skills together.

Career Suite is an online career and talent management platform for accounting and finance professionals and graduates.  SAICA’s Chief Information Officer Rakesh Beekum explained that subscription to Career Suite is free, and open to all accounting, audit, tax and finance professionals participating in all levels of finance and business whether they are SAICA members or not.

Beekum explained “Once you’ve registered with a Career Suite profile, you will have access to a range of career development tools.” Graduates will be able to access articles and videos on managing their career, managing talent effectively and managing their performance. They will also be able to access mentors and coaches through the portal as well as conduct competency and psychometric assessments.

The portal offers graduates the opportunity to make the maximum impact on potential employers by not only being able to upload a detailed CV but also a photo and  video. According to Beekum the portal will teach graduates how to sell themselves in 30 seconds. He said “We’ve also thought of making CV’s sexier with the formats and themes we’ve made available.”

The Career Suite portal will be available in mobile format with an application you can download on iPhone and Android operating smart phones.  An application for BlackBerry is not yet available but according to Beekum SAICA this should be available sometime in the near future.


Wits Paediatric Fund reaches the halfway mark

UPGRADES to the Paediatric Casualty Unit (PCU) at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital will get a boost with the help of a fundraiser headlined by a well-known author.

Gerald Garner, a registered tour guide and author of Spaces & Places 2.0-JoburgPlaces will be giving a talk at the Wits Club on March 16 on the topic of places in Johannesburg and the rebirth of the city.

The fundraiser with Garner will cost R350 per person and starts at noon. The cost includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a buffet lunch. The fundraiser was organised by the Wits Paediatric Fund.

According to Lebogang Ngwatle, the development manager of the Wits Paediatric Fund, Garner was the perfect person for this fundraiser because his topic is relevant to Johannesburg. It will focus on how the city is being revamped and they hope to be able to do the same for the PCU.

The unit is old and in need of the basics such as chairs for staff and patients, as well as for doctors in the consultation rooms.

The doctor’s room in the unit is in need of a new bed, a couch, a study desk and lamp.

A shower and toilet need to be added to the room, because doctors have to stay overnight and are currently using public toilets in the mornings.

The children’s play area also needs attention as it does not have any tables, chairs, sofas and toys.

The playhouse needs to be fully refurbished with a fresh coat of paint and a new floor.

When asked about their target amount, Ngwatle said the estimated about R40,000 was needed for the

They have so far raised R20 000, bringing them halfway to their rough target.

Dr Yola Soundy, head of the PCU, believes “anything will help”.

The Wits Paediatric Fund serves the paediatric units of the Wits Medical School’s three teaching hospitals, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.



Hockey Men Cracked by Crusaders

PRESSING ON: Mathew Povall (left) and Stewart Barry (Right) battling it out on Tuesday night’s heated Premier League hockey final. Wits lost the match, and ultimately the league, 6-7 to the Crusaders.  Photo: Liesl Frankson

PRESSING ON: Mathew Povall (left) and Stewart Barry (Right) battling it out on Tuesday night’s heated Premier League hockey final. Wits lost the match, and ultimately the league, 6-7 to the Crusaders. Photo: Liesl Frankson

IN A heated match filled with disputes and foot infringements, the Wits Hockey men lost their final indoor Premier League match 6-7 against the Crusaders at the Fourways Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wits got off to an aggressive start, playing at a high tempo which paid off when Devon Campbell got past the Crusaders goal keeper and scored the first field goal for the match five minutes into the game.

Crusaders responded five minutes later when they won a penalty corner and used a slip variation at the top of the D that got past Wits’ defence and goal keeper to equalise.

Crusaders went on to take the lead with a well set-up field goal by Stewart Barry in the 15th minute to go 2-1 up.

Tensions were high with umpires constantly blowing their whistles for foot infringements and things became heated.

Coaches from both sides had to calm players and encourage them to get back in the game and stop disputing the umpire’s calls.

Amid all the tension and pressure, Wits were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute which Barry Morisse forcefully struck past the Crusaders’ goalkeeper to equalise for the home team.

Not even a minute later, Jaryd Povall slammed in a field goal giving Wits a 3-2 lead. Crusaders answered shortly after with an equally aggressive field goal from Kish Chetty, levelling the score at half-time.

The second half started off with the same tenacity. The Crusaders won a penalty corner which they used to take the lead. Two minutes later they added to their lead with a quick field goal from Stewart Barry, his second for the night, putting the score at 5-3.

Devon Campbell resurrected Wits’ hopes when he brought the sides level with two unsaveable field goals in quick succession in the 28th and 30th minutes respectively.

A repeat performance from Barry Morisse pulled Wits ahead four minutes later with a goal taken from a penalty stroke.

However, Wits could not hold on to their lead and conceded a pair of penalty corners, in the 35th and 38th minutes. The Crusaders used them to equalise and ultimately took the 7-6 victory over Wits.

Published in Wits VUvuzela, 6th edition, March 15.


Volleyball league kicks off at Wits

Wits men digging deep against Quantum on Saturday afternoon's  opening matches for the Gauteng Volleyball Union League.

Wits men digging deep against Quantum on Saturday afternoon’s opening matches for the Gauteng Volleyball Union League.

Wits played host to the opening of the Gauteng Volleyball Union League this weekend but lost their first match against the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).

The activities started off at lunch with the Wits woman’s volleyball team taking on VUT. The girls showed good form and fought hard with Zinhle Kunene injuring her knee in the process. However this was all to no avail as the Wits side lost all sets giving VUT a 3-0 victory.

It seemed as though Wits could not shake their misfortune when the Wits men’s volleyball team faced off against Quantum Volleyball Club in the late afternoon. The Wits men also showed good form and appeared to be a good challenge when they were warming up earlier in the day. They struggled to break through Quantum’s formidable front row though and eventually lost their match, 3-0.

Kunene, vice-chairperson of the Wits Volleyball Team expects the club to grow in stature especially because they are looking to launch beach volleyball at the beginning of the second block. “We’re looking to launch beach volleyball as soon as we have fixed the court. We are already there we just need lighting, more sand and court lining.”