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Congratulations to the 2014 Thuthuka graudates. A total of 40 graduates (23 Bcom Accounting, 2 Post Graduate in Accountancy and 15 Honours graduates) walked the stage in celebration of their success.

Thuthuka graduates, congratulations on your outstanding achievement, all the best with your career's!

All current Thuthuka students gathered at the North Conference Centre where Gugu Nxiweni (NMMU School of Accounting Alumnus) shared leadership lessons with the students.

Gugu Nxiweni qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the end of 2005 after having completed both his Bcom and his Bcom Honours at NMMU. Gugu went on to become a Partner at KPMG and has recently joined Etrostep as their Executive Chairman.

The guest speaker left the students with the words, “I started out where you are sitting. You have to believe in yourself and work hard. Ask yourself who do I want to be as a leader (what type of leader am I?)? What am I aiming to achieve as a leader (through the people I am leading)? How am I aiming to achieve this? And when do I want to achieve it by (a leader will know when the time is right)?”

The Thuthuka bursary programme is a transformation initiative of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) aimed at encouraging previously disadvantaged South African black and coloured learners in schools to pursue a career in the Chartered Accountancy (CA) profession. “Thuthuka” is a Zulu word which means “to develop” – aiming at transforming South Africa’s business leadership.

The bursary programme, which covers all study costs including tuition, accommodation, meals, books and allowances also includes academic and administrative support initiatives to help students succeed in their studies. Students who do exceptionally well in Mathematics and have excellent marks in their other subjects to qualify for university entrance may apply. The bursary is only available for South African black and coloured learners .

If you are chosen for the bursary, you will be placed at NMMU, a SAICA-accredited university. NMMU was initially selected as one of only four SAICA-accredited universities to offer this bursary programme and we are committed to see you pass your examinations and qualify as a CA (SA). 

The Thuthuka programme is managed by a dedicated programme manager and academic coordinators for each year of study. This is a limited bursary opportunity and only a number of students can be accommodated. 

SAICA's closing date is 30 April of every year for preceding year of study.

"The NMMU Thuthuka programme removes all the academic barriers and disadvantages that one faces when one comes to university. As a Thuthuka student, you receive the best academic support which definitely gives you an edge. Coming to NMMU and choosing this bursary above other lucrative bursaries are the best decisions I have made in the last 4 years."

 - Khanya Ndzululeka

NMMU Thuthuka BCom Graduate (cum laude)


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FIRST CLASS PASS ... Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Khanya Ndzululeka made NMMU history as the first student in the School of Accounting’s Thuthuka bursary programme – which aims to grow the number of black Chartered Accountants – to graduate cum laude. Here she is seen (from left) with Johnathan Dillon (Management Accounting 4 lecturer), Prof Frans Prinsloo (Director: School of Accounting), Gugu Nxiweni (KPMG) and Shareen van der Watt (Thuthuka Bursary Programme Coordinator).


Contact information
Mrs Yolandi De Beer
Admin Assistant
Tel: 27 41 504 2072

Ms Shareen van der Watt
Thuthuka Project Manager
Tel: +27 41 504 2014

Ms Zukiswa Ngqoyiya
Thuthuka Bursary Programme: Admin Assistant
Tel: 27 41 504 2012