Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting summa cum laude graduate, Ms Sallihah Arbee’s dedication to her studies from day one of her degree was rewarded with a Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship.
Arbee says the scholarship helped remove the huge financial burden and stress from her family’s shoulders. ‘I am forever grateful to UKZN and its sponsors,’ said Arbee.
Learning that South Africa had been ranked number one in auditing and reporting standards at the World Economic Forum in 2012 inspired Arbee to pursue a career in Accounting. She said the ranking gave her confidence that she would be studying towards a well recognised and highly sought after qualification.
‘I enjoyed Accounting at school and learning about auditing spurred my interest. I am someone who cannot stand seeing corruption and do nothing about it. I believe I can be an asset to the Chartered Accountant profession,’ she said.
Arbee says it has been a tough journey but through the grace of God, she was able to graduate summa cum laude. The words of her mother – ‘it will all pay off – carried her through hard times.
‘My mom was and still is my anchor. She is my motivation and during my studies, she would walk with me every day to the taxi rank, always reminding me that it would be worth it in the end,’ she said.
Arbee is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and her goal is to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga