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SizweNtsalubaGobodo recognised by ABASA for high number of successful black candidates for 2014 Qualifying Examinations

SizweNtsalubaGobodo has been recognised by the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA) as the firm with the highest number of successful black accounting candidates amongst black professional services firms in the Gauteng province for the 2014 Qualifying Examinations.

Victor Sekese, CEO of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, accepted the certificate in recognition of this achievement on behalf of the firm at ABASA’s 23rd annual gala dinner which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre on 3 June.

Commenting on the achievement Sekese says, "We are delighted that the investment we continue making into our people is showing positive results. It is our intention that we continue the purpose as set out by founding members three decades ago, through successfully changing the face of the accounting profession and leaving a lasting legacy.

"As such, we as a firm are committed, despite South Africa’s ongoing struggle with a severe skills shortage - especially in the field of accountancy and actuarial sciences - to play a leading role in addressing this,” he comments.

SizweNtsalubaGobodo is the largest black-owned accounting firm in southern Africa and this year celebrates its 30-year anniversary. For Sekese it is an exciting time as he believes there is the important opportunity for current leadership to help realise Africa’s potential.

"In the medium-term SNG Africa has a strategic goal of establishing an African practice in 30 African countries through partnering with indigenous accounting and audit firms in each country that we seek to establish a presence.

"In this regard we want our client experience to be the same throughout the continent. Here, our approach is to partner and integrate local audit and accounting practices into the SNG Africa structure, standardising our practices and ultimately transplanting and ethos of excellence throughout Africa,” he explains.

Ultimately by standardising its practices and transplanting and ethos of excellence throughout Africa, Sekese says the firm hopes to not only assist in the growth and professionalisation of other fellow African financial services firms, but through its collective services, assist in the growth of business and overall industry across the continent. "As is evident by ABASA’s recognition we continue to make inroads into equipping young accountants with the skills and support required to become tomorrow’s leaders,” he concludes.