For identical twins Dale and Dean Adams graduating together at this year’s UKZN Graduation ceremonies is the culmination of a memorable academic journey they walked side by side for the past four years.
Dale graduated with his Bachelor of Laws cum laude while Dean graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy following graduating with his BCom Accounting degree summa cum laude last year.
‘My brother and I have worked diligently and consistently over these past four years,’ said Dale. ‘As brothers, we are very close and during our studies, we never really competed to a rivalry level but we were competitive. To be graduating together is surreal and definitely a dream come true,’ said Dale.
Conscious of what the financial strain of having two children in university would mean of their parents, as their mom Evet is in housekeeping and their father, Moses is a small business owner. The pair did their best to excel in their studies so that they could secure scholarships to cover their tuition leading to both of them securing bursaries from Nedbank and also obtained scholarships from UKZN throughout their years of studying.
‘We are grateful to Nedbank and UKZN for their financial assistance,’ said Dean. ‘We are the only people in our family to obtain tertiary degrees. Even though it was difficult, our family motivated and encouraged us throughout the years of studying. Our main motivating factor for performing well in our studies has been to get our qualifications so that we can change our family’s lives for the better,’ said Dean.
Dale is currently doing his articles of clerkship at one of South Africa’s leading corporate and commercial law firms Werksmans Attorneys in Sandton. Once completed, he hopes to be admitted as an attorney and practise Law.
Dean recently passed his first Initial Test of Competence (ITC) board exam which is the first of two board exams set by SAICA in order for one to qualify as a Charted Accountant. He is serving his articles at Deloitte in Sandton.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photographs: Abhi Indrarajan and Thandiwe Jumo