Toti Magistrate’s Court ‘brains’

2017-11-01 06:01
PHOTO: tania sandbergPearl Chiliza, the senior admin clerk at Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court.

PHOTO: tania sandbergPearl Chiliza, the senior admin clerk at Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court.

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PEARL Chiliza is the intellect, heading finance at Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court.

This senior admin clerk has ensured smooth running of the court for close on a decade.

“I love my job and working with finance. My position entails float, daily and monthly reports and financial year ends and handling the payouts to RTI, the Living Marine Resources Fund and Metro, among many other payouts,” Chiliza said.

She said her biggest challenge has been to ensure that every entry is captured correctly on the system and to reconcile the bank and payouts at month end, but thanks to a new system, they are now able to do a daily cash-up, which has proved extremely effective.

Chiliza said she has always had an interest in finance.

“I did commerce at school and business studies and always got an A for accounting.”

She started school at Ntwela Primary School in Umlazi and completed matric in Howick, then enrolled at Swinton Road Technical College for business studies.

“I started my career as a money lender at African Bank for six years, it gave me good grounding,” she said. Chiliza was then headhunted to work at designer clothing retailer, Queenspark in La Lucia Mall, where she worked for two years.

The long distance travelling saw her applying for the position at the Durban’s Magistrate’s Court, where she worked for a year and a half and then settled at Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court.

Drive and determination has seen Chiliza promoted to her current position and it is this same drive with which she raised her two children as a single parent.

A boy, Euticus (26) and daughter, Amahle (11). Chiliza is a member of the Mabaso Choir at the court and her daughter is said to have the “voice of an angel” and has accompanied the choir at guest performances.

“My daughter is everything a parent could hope for and my mother, Dolly is my strength,” Chiliza said.

She said she lives by the philosophy taught to her by her mother.

“When I was in Grade 8, I was schooling away from home. My mother wrote letters to me, in which she reminded me that God is my creator and I must not do something to disappoint my creator.”

She attributes her success to see the seeds she sews in her daughter came to fruition.

“When Amahle was in Grade 2, she was chosen, on behalf of her school, Masuku Primary in Folweni, to thank VIPs at a special assembly.”

She loves spending time with her family, going to church, visiting malls and the beach.

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