The life of one enthusiastic youngster has been forever changed by the awarding of a full bursary by audit, advisory and tax firm, BDO South Africa.
The 2016 head girl of Hillcrest High School, Londeka Zuma, is overjoyed that her dream of becoming a chartered accountant is now within reach.
After learning about her dire financial situation, BDO South Africa offered a full bursary – which includes funding for books – to 18-year-old Londeka, who has consistently achieved good grades. Subject to Londeka passing, the bursary is for the three-year degree course, which will be followed by a year studying for her Certificate in the Theory of Accounting. Thereafter she will work at BDO in Durban for three years of her articles period, during which time she will complete the ITC and APC exams, finally graduating as a chartered accountant.
“The selection of bursary candidates is primarily dependent on academics, however, qualities such as interpersonal skills, communication skills and overall attitude also factor in the decision,” explained Audit partner, Sally Juckes. “Londeka is an energetic, charismatic young lady who has not only excelled academically throughout her schooling career, but is also a multi-talented sportswoman playing soccer and touch rugby while also captaining the netball team. Her balanced approach to life, dedicated personality and the respect she has earned through personal perseverance indicated she would be a great fit for our Durban office starting in 2021.”
After a series of interviews, Londeka was selected as a worthy candidate for the BDO bursary. Londeka, who hails from KwaNyuswa township, will begin her Chartered Accountancy studies at Varsity College, Westville next year.
“I decided in Grade 10, after I got a feel for the subjects I had chosen, that I wanted to become a Chartered Accountant,” she explained. “I have had a passion for numbers since Grade 5. Maths has always been one of my best subjects and I knew I had to get a job that would allow me to work with numbers. After researching I decided that accounting was definitely the perfect field for me.”
Unfortunately, Londeka’s parents were unable to afford the fees required for the seven-year course which would have meant the end of Londeka’s accountancy dream had she not received BDO’s generous offer.
“Even at school, I had full scholarships for both sports and academics which helped my parents a lot,” explained Londeka. “I know it sounds clichéd but this bursary really does mean the world to me. I will get the chance to pursue my dreams which includes supporting my family as well as reaching out to my community.”