A long walk to success for top accounting pupil

2012-01-06 00:00

DURING his daily 30-minute walk from home to Tshanibezwe High School in the Uthukela district, matric pupil Lungisani Hlophe determinedly mapped his future in accounting and ways to make it a reality.

The 18-year-old from Bergville’s rural area of Dukuza will make that dream a reality as he beat the odds to be the province’s top pupil in accounting.

“Growing up in a rural area and not having much is very hard, but for me it has been a great motivating factor. My mom does her best to provide for me and my eight siblings but a hotel cleaner’s salary does not go a long way …

“I love numbers and have always known that my future is in accounting, that is why I am focused. I have sponsorship offers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban University of Technology to study BCom Accounting, and I am very excited about that,” said Hlophe.

Adding onto the list of his achievements, Hlophe also got distinctions in economics and isiZulu, which filled his mother Sizile Hlophe (48) with pride.

“Everyday my son talks about his dream of studying accounting but I feel so helpless because I cannot fund his study as two of his other siblings are studying at Unisa. His father is unemployed and I earn a salary of R2 200 monthly to feed everyone, but I cannot manage,” she said.

“I dropped out of school at Grade four because my family was poor. That is not the future I want for my children …”

After hearing the news of Hlophe’s achievement, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) jumped at the opportunity to make him an offer. Assistant Project manager of transformation and growth Thandanani Umlaw said Hlophe was the perfect candidate for their previously disadvantaged learners project.

“We are very interested in candidates that come from disadvantaged backgrounds and he shows potential to be part of our Thuthuka bursary programme,” said Umlaw

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