The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has granted 100 first year students bursaries to study at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) recently. The UNIZULU Thuthuka Capacity Building Project’s aim is to improve the standard and the quality of B Com Accounting degree at the University.
SAICA’s Project Director Gugu Makhanya said that SAICA was linking the University of Cape Town (UCT) with the University of Zululand to be able to go to any SAICA accredited university without doing a bridging course programme.
SAICA is a home for chartered accountants. Started in 2012, the project focuses on the whole university by bringing good quality lecturers and equipment from the UCT and using the same content in teaching and learning. SAICA assists students who obtained good marks in high school.
Professor Chiya (21) from UMzimkhulu, a first year B Com Accounting student said he was thankful for the bursary as his parents couldn’t have afforded to enrol him at the University.
Sinethemba Nxumalo (18), from Melmoth who obtained six distinctions at a Nkandla school thanked SAICA and UNIZULU for giving her a chance to study.
Siyanda Khuzwayo (19) from Umzumbe in the South Coast said he chose this university because of good quality courses that it offers and a good image it has worldwide.
Mbali Magwaza (19) from Inanda, Durban obtained five distinctions in matric last year. She said UNIZULU has a good and rich history because many well-known public figures have studied in the same University. She thanked UNIZULU for rescuing her, for without help, she would not have furthered her studies despite her good results.
Pictured: SAICA’s Project Director Gugu Makhanya (third from left) is flanked by bursary students. She was accompanied by her two colleagues from SAICA.
Picture & Story: SPHAMANDLA GUMEDE