Zama Khanyile CA(SA)
The AWCA has experienced tremendous growth during the last 16 years and has become a voice for black female Chartered Accountants. A voice that is sought when dealing with issues affecting the profession and those of national importance. As I reflect on the significant strides made during the terms of my predecessors, Ms Lindiwe Mthimunye, Ms Babalwa Ngonyama, Ms Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Ms Tryphosa Ramano and Ms Lesego Sennelo, I remain in awe of the stewardship of these amazing leaders and the board members that supported them. I intend to build upon this strong foundation by ensuring that the AWCA maintains the relationships established thus far, while also recruiting more allies of the AWCA and extending the AWCA family. 2018 marks the centenary of struggle stalwarts Mam’ Albetinah Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Tata Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela. The former, a silent but powerful force in the liberation struggle; the latter, the icon at the forefront of the liberation struggle. The strength demonstrated by Mam’ Sisulu is a reminder of the great resilience that is inherent in every woman. She was one of the lead organisers of the monumental Women’s March to the Union Buildings on the 9th of August 1956 where more than 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings protesting laws compelling black African women to carry passbooks. This year we lost another one of South Africa’s great anti-apartheid heroes, the Mother of the Nation, Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who stood steadfast in the notion of gender and race equality. Her passing inspired a national movement for solidarity and highlighted the sacrifices and pain she and many other women suffered in order for us to experience democracy and emancipation. It was a glimpse of the potential impact women can achieve if they work in solidarity. We not only celebrate these stalwarts but acknowledge and build on the legacy they left behind Overall, 2018 has been a very eventful year for South Africans... there has been strong winds of change in our political, economic, and social environment but one thing remains constant... women empowerment is still relevant on the agenda of South Africa Inc. There is still a long way to go to ensure women representation in both public and private sector leadership is reflective of South Africa’s demographics. The AWCA has achieved the following new milestones in the year to date:
- Launched the ITC Preparatory Workshop for Honors and CTA graduates who wrote the first qualifying board exam in January 2018.
- Launched a Financial Wellness programme supported by Allan speaks to re-establishing the Gray. This programme forms part of our work-readiness programme for first year article clerks
- Awarded bursaries to a record high of 14 beneficiaries for the 2018 academic year. This was made possible with support of BCG, IDC and the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund.
- Launched the Inaugural Fundraising Golf Day which was hosted on the 20th of April 2018. This initiative was championed by our 2017 Woman of Substance ® ,Dr Thandi Ndlovu
- Hosted a series of four Mahube Round Table Discussions, supported by Thebe Investment Corporation, which aimed to facilitate the development of entrepreneurs within the AWCA membership.
PASSING ON THE BATON
Congratulations to you Dr Judy Dlamini on this achievement. The Woman of Substance
Award brings with it new challenges to your personal life: excitement at the honour bestowed,
anticipation over what it means and added responsibilities to your already full life.
In a world daily grasping with increasing inequality, poverty, injustice and subjugation of
women, our responsibility as leaders of society becomes about how we add our bit to the
struggle towards reversing these ills.
AWCA, through this award, hopes to utilise the recipient’s standing in society to mobilise
resources towards achieving their stated goal of increasing the number of African Women
Chartered Accountants entering the field. My experience over the past year is that this is a
mammoth but achievable task.
Team Motheo (who helped me navigate the complex arena of fundraising in a world of
rapidly diminishing resources), stands ready to support and assist, when called upon to.
Dr Thandi Ndlovu.