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NMMU School of Accounting recognises alumni who have gone the distance and beyond in their specialist fields, to the benefit of society at local, provincial, national or international levels.  

If you are an Accounting Alumnus, please contact us! We would love to add you to our Achievers List so that we can keep you updated on current events and to share your success stories. We would love to hear from you!

We are proud of our Accounting Alumni’s achievements! 


Colin Beggs

Notable leader in accounting

Colin Beggs, retired chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has been an exemplary leader in the accounting profession, holding many top positions during his 39-year career at the international auditing giant.

The BCom (Hons) graduate joined Price Waterhouse in 1970, working his way through the ranks and ending up as Chief Executive Officer of the country from 2001 until his retirement in 2009.Colin served as chairman of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) board in 2002/3, and was also chairman of SAICA’s Accounting Practices Committee, responsible for the development of accounting standards for use in South Africa.

For many years, he also played an active role as a trustee of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund, a vital initiative ensuring the transformation of the chartered accounting profession. Since his retirement from PwC, Colin has taken up independent non-executive directorship positions at Sasol and the Absa Group.


Leon Crouse

Finance guru

Chartered Accountant, Leon Crouse, matriculated at Hoërskool Otto Du Plessis in Port Elizabeth and obtained a BCom in 1974 and a CTA in 1976. He also completed his articles in Port Elizabeth at Strelitz & Mitchell. Subsequently, he held a string of top financial management positions in the sectors of telecommunications, luxury goods, chemicals and clothing & textiles.

He spent seven years (from 1986 to 1993) with the former Rembrandt Group in Switzerland in the position of Financial Controller of Compagnie Financiére Richemont AG, and was part of the team that unbundled the luxury goods business from the Rembrandt Group to form Richemont.  In 1993, as a Rembrandt appointee, he returned to South Africa to become a founder member of the Vodacom Group executive team.

From 1996 to 2008, he was Chief Financial Officer and Group Finance Director for Vodacom and also served as its Company Secretary. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the South African investment holding group, Remgro Ltd, and is a non-executive director of FirstRand Ltd, RMB Holdings Ltd, Total South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Dark Fibre Africa (Pty) Ltd.


John Lynch

Transforming businesses

Throughout his career, BCom (Hons) graduate John Lynch has demonstrated a knack for building, managing and restructuring businesses, often turning struggling companies into success stories. He started his career at Price Waterhouse in 1974. Six years later, he joined Caborundum Abrasives (which ultimately became Abrasives Corporation), climbing the ranks to CEO in 1995, which saw him running a profitable group of companies in the complex abrasives industry.

John left the company to purchase an ailing subsidiary group, Cumar Resistant Materials, which he managed to turn around in two years, selling the business to the leading international player in 1997.

He then bought a minor equity stake in two struggling companies owned by the Gutsche Family Investment Company (GFI) in Port Elizabeth, and spent three years turning them around. Once these companies were profitable, they were sold, with substantial value improvement for shareholders. Until August this year, he spent six successful years chairing South Africa’s largest citrus exporter, achieving record returns for four years. 


Royden Vice

Royden graduated with his CTA in 1971 and then qualified as chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand (nowPWC). He has held numerous senior executive positions including being the founder of Afrox Healthcare (now Life Care). He was their first CEO and Chairman.

He was CEO of Afrox and then Chairman and CEO for seven years. Royden was the CEO of Industrial and Special Products of the UK – based BOC Group and a member of their Executive Management Board. In 2002, he joined Waco International as a shareholder and CEO. He holds non-executive directorships at Murray & Roberts Holdings and Hudaco among others. He served as Chairman of the NMMU Trust from 1999 to 2009.


David Powels

David graduated in 1982 and 1983 with a BCom (cum laude) and a CTA respectively. He has climbed the corporate ladder at Volkwagen South Africa – going from Financial Accountant to Finance Director to Vice -President Finance and Corporate Strategy in South Africa, Germany and Brazil.

He is currently the Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa. David serves as a board member of the NMMU Business School as well as PERCCI. He has served as President of NAAMSA for 2009 and 2010. 

“NMMU did not only give me a degree, it gave me a profound educational foundation, which has enabled me to not only achieve but even exceed my career aspirations.”


Dave Richardson

Graduated in 1979 and 1982 with a BCom and an LLB respectively. He became a professional cricketer and played 42 tests and 122 One Day Internationals for South Africa.

As ICC General Manager he has served the South African and Eastern Province cricket teams with distinction. Based in Dubai - he serves the game at the highest level and continues to keep the Port Elizabeth flag flying high. 



Alan Knott-Craig (Jnr)

Alan Knott-Craig (Jnr) is the former Chief Executive Officer of Mxit. He graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1999 with his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and completed in 2002 the BCom Chartered Accounting Honours.

Alan also served as CEO of World of Avatar and prior  to this he served as Managing Director of iBurst. Knott-Craig (Jnr) is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly the Managing Director of Cellfind.  

MXit will "enable millions of young Africans to become micro-entrepreneurs overnight".


Gugu Nxiweni

Gugu is a qualified Chartered Accountant and as the first African Partner of KPMG in the Eastern Cape, is currently driving key KPMG advisory initiatives, as well as supporting the company’s role in assisting government in Operation Clean Audit for the Eastern Cape.

His spare time is devoted to the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ transformation programmes, and, until recently, the part-time tutoring of students. “I find motivation in making a tangible difference to the lives of others,” says Gugu.

Gugu Nxiweni is currently a Director and Partner at KPMG in Port Elizabeth.

“The BCom Chartered Accounting degree at NMMU (UPE) enabled me to rise from my humble Mthatha birth roots, to the heights of being a KPMG Director at the age of 30.  The key to my success lies in having made the correct choice of University – now, I am reaping the fruits of that decision.”

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Mr Pierre Matthee
Senior Lecturer
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