Woman overcomes challenges to get top-10 pass in CA exam

2016-03-21 10:00
Azile Nkabinde (22) says great success stories comes as a result of hard work.

Azile Nkabinde (22) says great success stories comes as a result of hard work. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A young KwaZulu-Natal woman has moved a step closer to realising her dream of becoming a chartered accountant.

At the age of 22 , Azile Nkabinde from Newcastle has completed six of seven challenging board exams steps required to qualify as a chartered accountant.

Nkabinde is set to sit for her final board exam in October next year.

She is the first Thuthuka Bursary Funding beneficiary to reach this milestone since the funding started in 2002.

The bursary is sponsored by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants.

At the age of 16 in matric, her only chance of entering university was through a bursary.

Now she finds herself among the top 10 ITC (Initial Test of Competence) candidates in the country — despite her humble beginnings.

Her mother, who works as a clerk at Newcastle Hospital, had only managed to save enough for university registration but not the first year of tuition.

But through determination and hard work, Nkabinde was awarded the bursary that opened the door to her dream of graduating as a chartered accountant at University of Pretoria.

Today, she is breaking boundaries and proving that no matter where you start, any dream is possible with hard work and determination.

On Friday, when her latest exam results were announced, Nkabinde said she wasn’t expecting anything other than just a normal pass. “When my name popped out in the top 10 it took me by surprise. I was thrilled and overwhelmed by excitement,” she said.

Nkabinde is currently doing her articles through the University of Pretoria.

She will be joining KPMG — one of the Big Four auditors firms in the country.

Talking about her hard work and the challenges she endured through all six stages, Nkabinde said sometimes people forget that they are part of the bigger picture, that their success would ultimately open doors to other people.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

It takes a minimum of seven years to qualify as a CA in this country. First one must complete a three-year undergraduate degree, then a one-year postgraduate degree (Certificate in the Theory of Accounting or CTA). After graduating, aspiring CAs must then pass the ITC exam, complete a 36-month training contract and the professional programme, and pass the Assessment of Professional Competence final qualifying examination to realise their dream of qualifying as a CA.

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