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Driving Leadership Excellence Through Inclusive Social Accountability

Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa ("ÄBASA") Appoints New Leadership

ABASA is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Board of Directors led by Ms Linda Maqoma as President following the elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the 2nd of December 2021 which was part of a successful two day Annual Convention held at the Deloitte Offices in Waterfall, Johannesburg.

Many ABASA members will know Ms Maqoma through her dedicated leadership hosting many of the digital conversations launched by ABASA National at the start of the national lockdown in 2020 in an aim to keep ABASA relevant to its people and the industry during unprecedented times. 

Born and raised in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, Ms Maqoma's ABASA leadership journey spans over 8 years having encountered ABASA as a student at the University of Fort Hare after returning from a sabbatical to raise her daughter.

She has served the organization as a student leader of ABASA UFH and an Advisory Board Member to the Student Chapter at Fort Hare where she obtained her BCom Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA). 

Ms Maqoma has served on the provincial executive committees of both ABASA Eastern Cape and ABASA Joburg as Treasurer and Deputy Secretary General respectively. It was however her role as Chairperson of Women of ABASA Joburg that showcased her leadership strengths and capabilities and passion for transformation which soon led to the nationalizing of the Women's portfolio in 2020 under the leadership and support of President Ashley Dicken. 

Prior to her appointment into the highest office of ABASA, Ms Maqoma served as an ABASA NPC Director heading the Transformation Pillar, Communications and Chairing the National Women of ABASA Committee.

She completed her SAICA accredited articles at KPMG Johannesburg (Financial Services) where she stayed on as an Assistant Audit Manager until 2020. She is now the Founder and CEO of Nomatshawe Group, Senior Finance Consultant at SABCOHA and recently joined SAPRO as an Independent Consultant providing mentorship support to success managers.

Ms Maqoma is a candidate fellow of the 4th class of the African Leaders Institute - Young Leaders (ALI-YL) an extension of the Aspen Global Network. She is also an Independent Non-executive Director of the Young African Entrepreneurs Institute (YAEI) and Deputy Chairperson of the SAIGA Africa and Global Committee.

Having served alongside outgoing President Ashley Dicken over the past couple of months and making her contribution in the rebuilding of the organization in unprecedented times, ABASA has absolute faith in her capability in steering the organization to greater heights. 

She will be supported by the following newly appointed directors who have also served the organization in its provincial and national leadership structures:

Mr Luyanda Gidini as Vice President
Mr David Abbey as Secretary General
Ms Spokazi Jojo as Treasurer General

In the new year the Board will be embarking on various stakeholder engagements as part of the Presidents' National Roadshow. 

As the year comes to an end the Board would like to wish all Members, Partners and Stakeholders a blessed Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.

Driving Leadership Excellence Through Inclusive Social Accountability

Message from the ABASA President

The month of June in my mind is fitting of the word "Leadership" which I would like to focus on in this message, as we continue unpacking ABASA's three-year mandate of Driving Leadership Excellence Through Inclusive Social Accountability.

As presented in our National Leadership and Membership Induction on the 2nd of April 2022, some of the words that come to mind when thinking about the type of leadership our organization would like to see and produce include:

  • consistent
  • committed
  • advocacy
  • servant
  • selfless
  • forward thinking

Leading in unprecedented times
As the Covid-19 restrictions relax we are now faced with an energy supply crisis and rising costs that continue to impact businesses, education imperatives, mental wellbeing and general productivity so adversely.

As an organization with a committed back office team of young people who assist our Board, National and Provincial Leadership and Student Chapter Leaders in servicing our growing membership base, it is important that we lead with agility and with compassion. We must strive to put the underlying needs of our people first in these challenging times in our country. We encourage all our members and stakeholders to do the same and to make time to check up on the people who drive the work of our respective organizations.

I would like to applaud our back office team for their resilience and our members and stakeholders for your continued patience as we all navigate through this "dark" period in our country.

37 years of undefeated Success

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