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African Women Chartered Accountants: a growing force in South Africa

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This article was published in the 10-July-2014 issue of Finweek Magazine

Chartered Accountancy has long been a male-dominated profession. But that is slowly changing, with the help of the AWCA (African Women Chartered Accountants) forum. In this article we explore the impact this organisation is making on the rise of African women CAs in South Africa. Continue reading

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Education is the way out of poverty

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This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 07-Feb-2014 issue

We all know that South Africa’s school education system is in a shambles. But does this matter, if an overwhelming 81% believe that school does a bad job of preparing learners for the real world and the workplace? Actually, education is still the way out of poverty and here is living proof. Continue reading


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Business education in Africa: what we need to do differently

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 08-Aug-2013 issue

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) has shortlisted Dr Shaun Vorster, the top MBA student for 2012 at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), as one of only six finalists worldwide for the global AMBA/Independent MBA Student of the Year Award 2013. This is an incredible achievement, considering that the AMBA accredits MBA programmes at more than 200 of the world’s leading business schools in over 70 countries. Every year, each accredited business school nominates one outstanding MBA graduate for the MBA Student of the Year Award. Entry criteria range from academic achievement to leadership potential and career advancement potential, plus their commitment to enhancing the MBA degree.

Finweek spoke to Shaun about his passion, business education in Africa, and unpacked his thoughts on what we need to do differently to grow our education landscape. Continue reading


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Tooth fairy pay-outs: how does South Africa compare?

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 19-Sep-2013 issue

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A few days ago, my 8-year-old son Jayden asked me the dreaded question that makes every parent cringe. No, not that one. The other one – about the tooth fairy. It went something like this: “Ma, why does the tooth fairy only pay me R10 per tooth, while all my friends get R100, R50 or R20?” They had obviously been comparing their pay-outs in the school playground. In my scramble to change the subject, I joked about trading in our current tooth fairy for a new one who paid private school rates. But his question prompted me to do some research on the subject. Is there an average tooth price that the tooth fairy pays in South Africa? How do we compare to other countries? Based on my informal research, some interesting results emerged. Continue reading