ABASA North West Branch was launched in 2012 under the leadership of Mr. Tshenolo Lefutswe who has been serving as the Chairperson of the association from 2012 to date. He matriculated from Ramotshere High School in Dinokana village, near Zeerust in North West, then pursued a BCom Accounting Degree at North West University and furthered his studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal where He obtained his Certificate of Theory in Accounting.
He served his articles at AGSA and was part of the United Nations Audits which gave him the opportunity of gaining international exposure and travelling the world. He qualified as a CA(SA) in 2010, became a manager at the same firm until he left the firm in April 2012 to join MVI Group as Head of Advisory. He is still the Director of MVI Consulting (Pty) Ltd servicing mainly public sector entities across the North West Province.
About Our North West Branch
North West University Student Chapter
ABASA North West launched a student chapter at the North West University – Mafikeng Campus which became fully active in 2013. The purpose of the student chapter is to raise awareness about the accountancy profession at varsity level and afford students an opportunity to engage on issues affecting them as students and network with individuals who are still pursuing a profession in finance and related spheres and those that are already qualified professionals. The students are also afforded the opportunity to sit in seminars and presentations aimed at providing information on different bodies within the profession. The Chapter also gives students the opportunity to nurture the leadership genes in them through serving in the student chapter executive committee.
Registration for Accounting Olympiad
ABASA North West assisted HF Tlou High School from Tlhabane Township in Rustenburg with registering and taking part in the 2015 Accounting Olympiad.
FQE Gala Dinners
ABASA North West hosts an annual gala dinner in which successful APC, ITC, and CTA level 2 candidates are honoured for their achievements. This event does not only focus on providing academic recognition but plays a huge role in encouraging other aspiring accountants as well as building the confidence of those that are a lap ahead. The 2016 gala dinner had learners from the surrounding high schools to ensure that we reach out and showcase black excellence to the youth.
Annual Trainee Breakfast
Influential speakers from different walks of life are invited to address trainees from respective firms/institutions around the North West Province on issues that affect them during the period of their training contracts. Trainees are also afforded the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about the roles that professionals can play in bringing about transformation within the province.
Since the establishment of the branch, we have held high school career days with the support of the Joburg and Tshwane Branch. In 2015, BRANCO resolved to focus the limited resources available based on the assessment of the visits held previously at high schools where learners do Pure Maths. In order to close the gap of reaching out to all high school learners, we partnered with community radio stations where our members will be interviewed for the promotion of the accounting profession.
Strong Stakeholder Relationships
ABASA North West succeeded in partnering with a number of stakeholders within the boundaries of the North West Province in a mutual mandate of Empowering and uplifting the black community. The stakeholders involved are AGSA, PwC, SNG, MVI, NWU-Mahikeng Campus, Maine Chartered and Management Accountants, Harvest CAs, Grant Thornton, Premier’s Office and the Department of Finance.
ABASA leadership in the province is proud of the members who acted upon the challenge advanced to them from the 2015 Trainee Breakfast dialogue topic of “The role of Chartered Accountants in Public Sector”. To date, we have three members of the Branch Committee participating in the panel of municipal finance expert at the North West Department of Finance where they were seconded to various municipalities in the province as CFOs.