Identical twin brothers, Dale and Dean Adams, celebrated the culmination of a four-year academic journey when they graduated from UKZN together last year.
The 23-year-old siblings, who are not only similar when it comes to looks, but are also both brainy, nonetheless chose to pursue different academic paths.
Dale chose law and graduated with his LLB degree cum laude, while Dean opted for accounting and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting after obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting summa cum laude in 2018.
Fast-forward to 2020: the pair is exploring the world of work in Sandton, Johannesburg with Dale serving articles of clerkship as a candidate attorney, and Dean is working as a trainee accountant at Deloitte.
‘My career is currently working out the way I imagined during my studies,’ said Dale.
‘I recently completed my attorney’s admission exams (board exams) and I will be eligible to be admitted as an attorney (qualified attorney) next year,’ he added.
Dean’s career is also shaping up well. He is currently preparing to write the final board exams set by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in order for him to qualify as a charted accountant.
‘So far, my career is how I imagined it. Being relatively inexperienced in the working world, I have had the opportunity to learn and absorb so much about corporate South Africa,’ said Dean.
The boys were born and bred in Pietermaritzburg. Their father Moses is a small business owner, and their mother Evet is in housekeeping.
Living in modest circumstances, the brothers were conscious of the financial burden of having two children at university at the same time. To lessen the financial load on their parents, Dale and Dean both secured bursaries from Nedbank to cover their tuition. They also obtained various UKZN scholarships throughout their years of studying.
‘As a family, all four of us lived in a one-bedroom flat which often made studying hard, given the limited space. This was exacerbated by my parent’s dire financial position,’ said Dale.
He added that these struggles played a huge role in developing their resilient characters and their belief that hard work brings success.
We would never be the people we are today if we did not have these obstacles to overcome. What got me through all the hard moments in life were the people around us, as well as keeping our eyes on the prize and never giving up,’ added Dale.
While they have always leaned on each other for support, the brothers are enjoying their different experiences.
According to Dale, his LLB qualification prepared him for the critical thinking needed to practice law and is serving him well in his ambition of becoming a seasoned attorney.
Dean said that observing how the theory he learnt during his accounting studies translates into practice continues to be an eye-opening experience.
‘I now have the opportunity to see seasoned professionals execute all the theory that I had studied throughout university … It’s a great pleasure for me to be able to apply myself and help clients solve complex business problems. My goal after completing my articles is working abroad,’ said Dean.