Mr Nhlakanipho Mbhense received his Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics cum laude while Ms Aadila Rahman was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting cum laude.
Mbhense, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Economics, said he did his honours to develop his research skills in economics and his economic thinking. ‘I needed extra skills as I hope to become a research economist and help inform economic policies beneficial in transforming the South African economy which is currently underperforming because of high unemployment and several other factors.
‘What keeps me going is a desire to better myself every day but my biggest motivators are my grandmother and the memory of my late mother,’ he said.
Rahman says she has always enjoyed subjects requiring logic and understanding coupled with application, while working with numbers and problem solving is her forte. Thus Accounting was the obvious career path for her to follow.
‘This was further confirmed when I spent a few days job-shadowing Chartered Accountants at PWC where I was exposed to the different aspects of the job and obtained an understanding of what the career would entail,’ she said.
‘While the road to becoming a CA is not an easy one, I believe that working smart and maintaining a balanced lifestyle are vital for success.
‘I am grateful to my parents for the role they have played. They have been my greatest support system and never failed to believe in me – even on days when I didn’t believe in myself.’
Rahman is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy and hopes to one day attain the letters CA(SA) behind her name.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Gugu Mqadi