Shannon Sherry meets the new national president of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in SA, Victor Sekese
didn't believe his
colleagues when they told him about accounting graduates who couldn't find jobs in the profession.
"I told them there were no unemployed graduates and I challenged them to find me one.I was shocked when they brought me 1 000 names," says Sekese (40), the new national president of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in SA (Abasa).Sekese, a partner in SizweNtsaluba, SA's foremost black accounting firm, sees the integration of these jobless graduates into the profession as one of the most important challenges of his term as president of the 1 500-strong organisation.
Abasa members are encouraged to employ those who complete the programme, but Sekese
does not fool himself that this is the solution to the problem and advocates action at the highest level.
"It is a patch job at best.The minister of education needs to intervene and find out what the problem is.We are throwing resources at these institutions and they are simply failing to produce people who are ready to enter the profession."
The 1 000 unemployed graduates are mainly holders of National Diploma in Accounting and BCom (accounting) degrees.The problem is particularly distressing in the light of a critical shortage of accountants in SA, says Sekese
In an effort to help address the shortage of CAs and to increase the number of black CAs, Sekese
has found sponsors for three qualified accountants to lecture at the University of Limpopo
and at Fort Hare."The purpose of placing people there is to motivate students, to make them aware of what is required as a practising accountant, and for them to act as role models for students."He
is adamant that Abasa
, which was founded in 1985, still has a role to play.