Dear Subscriber,
 
Freedom Challenge
As we commemorate 28 years of democracy in our country, it is quite evident from various commentary that we are still a nation with deep scars and are a people who still question the adequacy of the democratic freedom afforded to us in 1994.
 
In the fondly remembered words of the first black president of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”. We must therefore ask ourselves, what are we doing with our various levels of freedom? As we achieve our desired level of liberation in our careers and our personal lives, do we become comfortable and forget those who are still behind or is our conscience agitated enough to remind us of our historically communal goal of true emancipation of our people? I leave you with these questions to ponder on.
 
Leadership Alignment as a Critical Driver of the Vision
On the 2nd of April 2022, I had the privilege of spending my Saturday with an extraordinary group of ABASA Leaders from across the country, Past Presidents of ABASA and members of our national council representing the inclusive vision of ABASA through our various accounting bodies.
 
As we inducted our national leaders, it was the words of Past President Sizwe Nxasana that set the tone challenging our leadership to have the courage to “do the difficult things”. This was reinforced by Past Madam President Tantaswa Fubu who reminded us of the sacrifice that comes with being a leader and the importance of driving excellence in all that we do to be truly #ABASAProud. This is a reminder of the critical work that organizations like ABASA play in changing the economic landscape of the unequal society we still live in.
 
We look forward to seeing the impact that our branches will be making as they roll out the national strategic plan of ABASA.
 
Unpacking the ABASA National Theme
The month of April has also seen the launch of the ABASA National Theme : Driving Leadership Excellence Through Inclusive Social Accountability.
 
Over the next several months through my monthly message to you all, I will be focusing on one word of the theme and unpacking it’s meaning to ABASA and our core mandate. So stay tuned as we collaborate with some exciting ,new and existing ABASA partners to roll out this theme word by word in a meaningful and impactful way.
 
Final Qualifying Exam Dinners 2022 – Save the Dates
After two years of lockdown restrictions, ABASA is excited to announce the return of our provincial Final Qualifying Dinners which will kick off in July on the following preliminary dates:
  • Gauteng – Saturday, 2 July 2022
  • Kwa – Zulu Natal – Thursday, 7 July 2022
  • Western Cape – Thursday, 14 July 2022
  • Free State – Thursday, 28 July 2022
  • Eastern Cape – Friday, 5 August 2022
  • Limpopo – Saturday, 13 August 2022
Further details will be shared soon. For any queries on how to partner with ABASA as we celebrate the success of our newly qualified professionals please email [email protected].
 
ABASA Forum Thought Leadership Magazine Relaunch – Save the Date
As announced in my March message, ABASA will be relaunching its bi-annual Forum Thought Leadership Magazine on the 30th of June 2022. Invitations to contribute to the June publication have been sent out. For queries please email [email protected]. Communication on how to register for the launch event will be circulated soon.
 
5th Annual Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu Lecture
To celebrate and recognize the immense contribution made by Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu to our country, the accounting profession and the development of black accountants, ABASA will be hosting the 5th Annual Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu Lecture. This event will be held in East London, Eastern Cape on the 4th of August 2022. This will be the first time that the lecture is being hosted outside of Gauteng and we look forward to celebrating Prof Nkuhlu in his province of birth. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Past President of ABASA and CEO of SNG – GT Victor Sekese. For queries please email [email protected]. Communication on how to register for the lecture will be circulated closer to the time.
 
National Appointments
Join me in congratulating the following members who have been appointed to national roles:
  • Head of Education (Strategic Pillar 1) – Edwin Maroga
  • Chairperson of Academics Forum – Katlego Matshego
 
ABASA Student Chapters – The ABASA Cradle
As I conclude this month’s message, I want to share my pride in the young leaders of ABASA that I have had the privilege of engaging with on the 25th of April 2022. At times we forget the important role that our student chapters play in being a catalyst of the ABASA cradle to grave development journey. I would therefore like to wish the following nationally recognized ABASA Student Chapter Chairpersons all the very best as they carry the ABASA mandate in their various Universities across the country with the support of their branches and national representatives:
 
National Student Representatives:
Ntandoyenkosi Shamase
Thama Bandela
 
Johannesburg Branch
ABASA UJ Auckland Park – Nonjabulo Khoza
ABASA UJ Soweto – Angel Ngobeni
ABASA Wits – Nonduduzo Ngema
ABASA North West Vaal – Thabang Mphahlele
 
Tshwane Branch
ABASA TUT – Destiny Maloka
ABASA Unisa Tshwane – Michelle Phodiso
 
Limpopo Branch 
ABASA Limpopo – Unarine Mulondo
ABASA UNIVEN – Ampfarisaho Makwarela
 
Western Cape Branch
ABASA UWC – Mmathabelo Shamaine
ABASA CPUT – Xolani Jafta
 
Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch
ABASA Unizulu – Sfiso Sipho Msibi
ABASA UKZN Westville – Thembalethu Mlambo
ABASA UKZN PMB – Olwethu Ndlovu
ABASA Mangosuthu University of Technology – Samukelo Mlambo
 
Eastern Cape Branch
ABASA UFH East London Campus – Aviwe Maliza
ABASA Unisa Eastern Cape – Xolile Ntsinda
 
As we observe World Intergenerational Week may we remember the importance of intergenerational conversations. May we all make time to be part of the holistic development of these young leaders either through direct mentorship, attending some of the events that they will be hosting in the near future and sharing your journeys to success with them as we inspire the next generation to take over the baton and lead with the excellence expected of an ABASA member.
 
I wish you all the best as you fly the ABASA flag high in all that you do.
 
Best,
Linda Maqoma