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High Achievers Celebrate Graduating Top of their Class

April 18, 2017

Summa cum laude graduates Mr Ahmed Ally, Ms Kineta Garach and Mr Steffen Wies. 

For Bachelor of Commerce summa cum laude graduates Ms Kineta Garach, Mr Steffen Wies and Mr Ahmed Ally, finishing top of their class is validation that hard work and dedication are synonymous with success.

Garach is following in the footsteps of her father, Tax Specialist, Professor Dilip Garach.

‘I am from a family of Accountants - my mum has a masters degree and is involved in the corporate world, my two sisters are also qualified in business, commerce and finance, while my father has been my inspiration in terms of choosing a career. Standards set have always been high, encouraging me to follow suit,’ she said.

Garach’s plans include pursuing a postgraduate qualification during her journey towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Ally received the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship and the UKZN 100th Anniversary Scholarship at last year’s UKZN Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

‘My love for numbers together with the excitement of Accounting motivated me to study for this degree,’ said Ally. ‘Another major factor in my decision was that the degree will be a stepping stone towards qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, enabling me to pursue any type of career in the field of business. It will also open up opportunities in many different countries,’ he said.

Ally wants to complete a postgraduate degree at UKZN, train at Deloitte and then qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

Wies had the added excitement of graduating with his twin brother, Rudolph.

‘Rudi is my best friend. We do many things together, and it is great to know that there is someone who will always have your back. Last year him and I and our colleague, Mahomed Osman, took part in the CFO Case Study Competition. This was a life changing event as I got an opportunity to see the rewards I would receive as a result of working hard at university. It was an amazing experience and I encourage BCom Accounting students to take part,’ he said.

After completing his honours degree, Wies plans to serve articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers on his way towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Thandiwe Jumo

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