Future CA’s Receive Scholarship Award
Bachelor of Commerce students Ms Sallihah Arbee, Mr Prenolin Govender, Ms Zahra Hoosen, Mr Mohammed Mansoor and Ms Safiyya Tootla, say they will use the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship to cement their career aspirations of becoming chartered accountants.
The scholarship, which is named after the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is awarded to five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year of study in each of the four Colleges.
With their love and passion for numbers and economics being the common factor, the five students agree this very reason has motivated them to be part of the analytical and systematic accounting profession.
For Arbee, her love for numbers and the ability to scrutinize everything down to fine detail in a field such as auditing is one of the reasons she enjoys her commerce degree.
‘I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Chartered Accountants degree. The fact that this qualification was a challenge to many people I had interacted with, motivated me to pursue and attempt to complete,’ she said.
Mansoor says he was motivated to become a chartered accountant because the commercial world is challenging and exhilarating. He believes his chosen career path will allow him to network with a variety of people with diverse backgrounds and cultures.
‘Accounting is one of my talents and it also is a field that I am extremely passionate about. I feel that by pursuing a career in chartered accountancy, I will be able to use my talent to thrive professionally and personally,’ he said.
With her family being extremely proud of her achievement, Tootla is thankful to UKZN for honouring her with this award as it motivated and gave her the confidence to keep performing optimally in her studies.
‘The recognition and appreciation shown by the University has given me a chance to repay my parents for the opportunities they have given me as they have always encouraged and supported me through my studies,’ said Tootla.
For Hoosen, loving what you study removes the “burden” of actually studying, making the task a natural part of everyday life even though being an extremely determined and dedicated individual has its benefits as well.
‘This award serves as a motivation for me to maintain and improve the high standard of work expected of me and continue to strive towards excellence, because I’ve always felt that nothing is worth doing if it’s not done to one’s best,’ she said.