Johannesburg Branch

Moagi Mpshe (Branch Chairperson)

Moagi joined Deloitte in 2008 and qualified as a CA(SA). He spent several months working in n Detroit, Michigan. He has served as Manager in the office of the CEO, and as Head of Transformation for Deloitte. During that time, Moagi has been an integral part of supporting the firm’s Pan African integration process and served as Secretary to the Akintola Williams Deloitte Nigeria Board.

He also serves on the Jhb District Saica council. He is also a concert grade violinist having studied at the National School of the Arts prior to taking the leap into the electric world of chartered accountancy.

About Our Johannesburg Branch

Women of Abasa

The Women of ABASA aim to create opportunities whereby female learners, students and accounting professionals are able to network, mentor and provide mentorship as well as develop in their career paths.

This is achieved through the following initiatives:

  • Master classes – The Women’s Master class series aims to facilitate the sharing of insights, lessons learnt, practical and usable finance and business development skills, challenge ways in which to tackle gender inequality and act as entrepreneurial talks that foster women empowerment in dialogue with prominent female business leaders. The first dialogue will focus on black women owned and run professional services firms in South Africa.
  • Intimate sessions with prominent industry leaders – This is an intimate breakfast session targeted at female senior management and executives where the featured guest relates her personal career journey, challenges faced and her secrets to success. This session will aim at focusing not only on women who are prominent in business, but have a diverse range of interests as well.
  • Themed networking and social events – The themed networking events are aimed not only to create a platform in which women can meet and interact, but adds some enjoyable and useful practical elements that attendees will be able to use in their day to day lives. The first one to be hosted will focus on women in fashion, giving women tips and hints with regards to building their corporate wardrobes as well as a taste of the current and upcoming fashion trends that they should be aware of and on the lookout for.
  • Events and Seminars – This is a large scale seminar, including international and local guests, with media coverage where key women’s topics are tackled and insights shared with conference attendees.
  • Mentorship, job shadow and career growth – These sessions create a platform whereby female members can link up with and develop as well as maintain long lasting mentorship relationships. This will allow more established women in business to mentor young ladies, including high school and university students to be able to assist in achieving their career goals.
  • Adopt a School – This is a focused mentorship drive where learners at specific rural schools are guided, developed and coached throughout their high school careers into university.

Bursary Committee

Overall Objective

  • To improve the system by which the Thuthuka Bursary Fund reports on the progress of students to the Branch.
  • To act as an agency for bursary providers by providing a link between students and potential bursary funders.

Career day

Overall objective

  • To provide an information sharing session with third year article clerks on career choices available after the completion of articles.
  • To expose delegates to the various career paths available upon qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA).

The Career Day committee hosts an annual Career Day and Career Expo. An annual themed event is hosted in May where speakers are invited to share their chosen career paths with delegates mainly in their 3rd year of articles. Speakers are chosen to align with the chosen theme.

Past speakers include:

  • Tsakani Ratsela
  • Bafedile Mafologele – Finance Manager – HCI Khusela Coal
  • Odwa Mhlwana – Finance Director: BAE Systems- Land Systems
  • Tumeka Matshoba – Senior Lecturer University of Johannesburg
  • David Ngobeni – Chief Financial Officer
  • Thabo Ntseare – Royalfields Finance
  • Harshad Bhikha – Entrepreneur and owner own business
  • Mpoti Moalusi – IDC
  • Tshego Sefolo – Zico Investments

Leadership Program

As a branch having the largest membership and being located in the economic hub of Southern Africa, ABASA Johannesburg has taken a proactive step to develop leadership potential of the black accountants with the intention of extending the intervention to the other branches in South Africa. On the evening of 28 November 2007, we successfully launched the ABASA Leadership Program, formerly known as the Mentorship Program. Dr. Mathews Phosa, prominent businessman and member of the Treasurer of the African National Congress (“ANC”), was the key note speaker for the launch.

The vision for the ABASA Leadership Programme is;

“To have a community where every black accountant takes the lead and actively drives sustainable change in his or her sphere of influence for the betterment of others in Southern Africa”

To achieve this audacious vision, soon to be qualified Chartered Accountants are paired up with high profile, passionate and experienced executives from various business and professional backgrounds to serve as mentors for a period not more than twelve calendar months.

The ALP programme has two aspects to it that are outside the mentor/mentor sessions and they are detailed below.

  • Leadership Dialogues

The purpose for the Leadership Dialogues is to provide a platform for leaders in business, politics and academia to engage in robust dialogues with the general ABASA members, mentees, mentors and the general public on a specific current affairs or leadership issue. It is often based on a panel of speakers and open floor discussions.

  • Peer Mentorship sessions or Leadership Development Sessions

These are closed sessions for mentees only. They are aimed at equipping mentees on the subject of leadership and emphasises the importance of taking a lead in every situation and actively driving sustainable change for the betterment of others in Southern Africa. In these sessions, mentees are expected to report on some deliverables and if there are any specific deliverables that should be brought the mentors attention, the mentors are notified accordingly.

Previous ALP Mentors

We are humbled by the number and quality of mentors that have come forward to voluntarily give their time in nurturing talented accountants and prospective leaders. Some of the previous mentors on the Program, to mention but a few, include:

  • Prof. Gill Marcus (Governor of the Reserve Bank);
  • Sandile Zungu (Chairman of ZICO and director of many companies);
  • Mr. Moses Kgosana (CEO of KPMG and past ABASA National President);
  • Lwazi Bam (CEO of Deloitte Africa and past ABASA National President);
  • Professor Ben Marx (University of Johannesburg);
  • Mr Bernard Swanepoel (Former CEO of Harmony and Co-founder of To-The-Point);
  • Judge Thabani Jali (Chairman PriceWaterhouseCoopers);
  • Nonkululeko Gobodo (Chair of SizweNtsalubaGobodo);
  • Andile Khumalo (CEO of MSG and current ABASA National President)
  • Penny Tlhabi (Director at Discovery Health);
  • Victor Sekese (CEO of Sizwentsaluba);
  • Victor Songelwa (CFO of Mandela Children’s Fund) and many others

Previous ALP Guest Speakers

We are humbled by the number and quality of speakers that have come forward to voluntarily give their time in nurturing talented accountants and prospective leaders. Some of the previous speakers on the Programme, to mention but a few, include:

  • Brian Molefe (CEO of Transnet);
  • Raymond Ackerman (Former Chairman of Pick n Pay);
  • Gloria Serobe (CEO of Wiphold);
  • Nthobie Angel (Chairman of Kagiso Tiso Holding);
  • Somadoda Fikeni (Political Analyst);
  • Bobby Godsell (Retired Businessman & NPC Member) and many others.
  • Chris Hart (Chief Economist: Investment Solutions)
  • Andile Mngxitama (founder and editor in chief of the New Frank Talk)
  • Lindiwe Mazibuko (Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance)
  • Joel Netshitenzhe (Member of the National Planning Commission)
  • Professor Steven Friedman (Political analyst)
  • Dr Reuel Khoza (Chairman of Nedbank)
  • Ndaba Ntsele (Chief Executive Officer – Pamodzi)

Education Committee

The objective of the AEC subcommittee is to promote the accounting profession as well as other professions amongst high school learners in Gauteng and in the provinces of the North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.

The areas of focus with the various levels of high school are as follows:

  • Grade 9’s: To guide in making informed subject choices that will be in line with the students’ career aspirations. Students are encouraged to take up Mathematics (Pure) as opposed to Mathematics Literacy to keep their avenues open when it comes to choosing careers post matric.
  • Grade 11’s: To provide information about bursaries and scholarships available to students interested in pursuing an accounting related profession and to inform them about the various courses available at tertiary institutions (accredited universities for CA qualification) and their respective admission requirements.
  • Grade 12’s: To provide motivation to the students in their last year of high school. Grade 12’s are informed about the various courses available at tertiary institutions and their respective admission requirements and are provided with information about bursaries and scholarships available.

Camp of Excellence (CoE)

  • The ABASA Camp of Excellence is an initiative by the ABASA Education Committee. The camp is about building a culture of excellence in our communities and most importantly in our schools. The camp is designed in such a way that the learners have high impact sessions with leaders in industry and their peers who come from similar backgrounds and share experiences on how to change one’s attitude and adopt that of excellence. The learners are chosen from schools with limited resources outside the Johannesburg metropolitan area. The students are generally the top 10 students per school. The camp currently works with five schools.

Job Shadowing Programme

  • The career days that the AEC conducts nationally has brought to the fore the lack of knowledge and exposure to the CA profession of learners. As a result, students with the potential of becoming CA’s opt for other professions such as medicine, engineering etc. The committee has received several requests from the students to job shadow CA’s at the firms. Launched in 2013, this programme saw 7 learners exposed to the day to day working life of chartered accountants in audit firms.
  • The programme timing is parallel to the learner school holidays and thus takes place in March, June/July as well as September annually.

Successes

  • Phomolong Secondary School from Thembisa, achieved a 92% pass rate and the students who were at the 2011 COE from the school have taken up studying Bcom Accounting.

Career Expo

This event was presented in the second half of 2015. The Career Expo is aimed at inviting delegates from 3rd year of articles to 2 years post articles to meet with companies in commerce and industry to establish the various career options that exist within organizations.

Student Chapter

Overall Objectives

  • To promote the interests of students aspiring to be accountants;
  • To embark on programmes and activities that create access to information and opportunities for accounting students to enter the accounting profession.
  • To develop leadership and professional skills of member students at the universities.
  • To represent and address the needs and academic problems affecting accounting students at the universities on which the SRC has authority.
  • To be a networking channel between the students at the universities and accountants in practice.

2012 welcomed the birth of the ABASA Johannesburg Student Chapter at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) which signified an advancement towards further fulfilling the objectives of ABASA. The launch, which hosted speakers such as Mthandazo Peter Moyo,Bart Dorrestein, Prof Ben Marx and Andile Khumalo motivated students through the sharing of their life and business stories that evoked within them a desire to work hard persist and make a difference in South Africa. 2013 saw the launch of the Wits University Student Chapter as well as the formalisation of the Unisa Student Chapter, where 2015 looks forward to the formation of the Monash University Student Chapter.

Our Student Chapters host a number of initiatives during the year. These include:

  • Student debates which create a platform for students to express their opinions and effectively deliver an argument through team work and research.
  • A Work Readiness Workshop to enhance our members’ leadership skill through leadership persuasion and negotiation presentations as well as to expose them to effective methods of releasing the brain’s true potential through a presentation by neuroscientist Collen Bloem.
  • A Camp which identifies high potential well rounded individuals from Wits University UJ and UNISA to pair with Captains of Industry.

Final Qualifying Exam (FQE) Dinner

Objective

The ABASA FQE Dinner is a celebratory dinner that is hosted annually to celebrate the candidates who have successfully completed the Final Qualifying Examination. The FQE is the second and last exam of the tests of professional competence that an aspiring Chartered Accountant has to complete. After the FQE candidates complete the remaining term of their training and qualify as Chartered Accountants.

The celebratory dinner serves to recognise the candidates applaud those audit firms that make significant contribution to the transformation of the profession and also raise funds for the branch’s activities such as school visits and career days bursaries and office administration.

Our guests amounting to approximately 500 people for the evening range from trainee accountants to leaders in business and audit practice. Trainees are final year article clerks who successfully completed their final qualifying exam and are due to be qualified chartered accountants at the end of 2015. We also have heads of Transformation in individual audit firms managers and partners in those audit firms. We also have chief executive officers of the audit firms and some leading corporates in attendance.

Firms are encouraged to purchase individual and group packages for attendees at the event and company specific sponsorship packages are also available to support the event.

Successes

The dinner also serves as a fundraiser towards the ABASA Bursary Fund and in turn has contributed successfully towards this initiative.

  • Grade 9’s: To guide in making informed subject choices that will be in line with the students’ career aspirations. Students are encouraged to take up Mathematics (Pure) as opposed to Mathematics Literacy to keep their avenues open when it comes to choosing careers post matric.
  • Grade 11’s: To provide information about bursaries and scholarships available to students interested in pursuing an accounting related profession and to inform them about the various courses available at tertiary institutions (accredited universities for CA qualification) and their respective admission requirements.
  • Grade 12’s: To provide motivation to the students in their last year of high school. Grade 12’s are informed about the various courses available at tertiary institutions and their respective admission requirements and are provided with information about bursaries and scholarships available.

General initiatives

General initiatives are undertaken by the branch as a support function to the overall running of the branch. These include but are not limited to:

  • Branch annual launch and year end functions
  • Stakeholder relations and maintenance initiatives
  • Branch meetings
  • Marketing, media

Camp of Excellence (CoE)

The ABASA Camp of Excellence is an initiative by the ABASA Education Committee. The camp is about building a culture of excellence in our communities and most importantly in our schools. The camp is designed in such a way that the learners have high impact sessions with leaders in industry and their peers who come from similar backgrounds and share experiences on how to change one’s attitude and adopt that of excellence. The learners are chosen from schools with limited resources outside the Johannesburg metropolitan area. The students are generally the top 10 students per school. The camp currently works with five schools.

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