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With South Africa facing challenges like unemployment and dependency on government, I’m thankful that my time at the NWU taught me the value of hard work.
While studying on the Mahikeng Campus, I was editor of the business and sport sections of the campus community newspaper, The Album.
Being part of the newspaper really changed and shaped my professional life. It afforded me an opportunity to learn critical and valuable attributes including honing my leadership and coordinated planning skills, which ultimately saw me persevere and witness my goals materialise.
Both challenging and exciting
Life on campus was challenging and exciting at the same time.
Being part of the campus media community really improved my self-confidence and ability to network. As they say, “your network is your net wealth”, and as a writer I got to interview a lot of amazing people, some of whom are now leaders in their fields.
Today, I am the head of Financial Management Services at the Rustenburg Local Municipality.
I am also a founder and chief executive of Tumelo L and Associates, an accounting firm aimed at serving and assisting small and medium enterprises with their business compliance needs.
Joining our team
Our team at Tumelo L and Associates is growing, with the recent appointment of a chartered accountant, a tax practitioner and five accounting clerks. Having an experienced chartered accountant join our team and being able to create more jobs for accounting graduates has been a major milestone for us.
Working at the municipality and running a business at the same time can be quite a daunting task, but through grace and hard work one is able to juggle the two.
While I proceed with my daily duties at the municipality, my team at the firm work on business issues. In this way, I ensure that my private practice, which I have declared to the municipality, does not affect my full-time work– as a matter of fact, it helps me to stay relevant in the accounting field.
As an accountant and professional government finance officer, I am sometimes faced with a lot of challenges. However, I believe that all the life and professional skills that I acquired at the NWU prepared me for any setback or failure that I might face in my journey towards being the “public servant of the future”.
Thuthuka made it possible
“As a student I was part of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Thuthuka Bursary Fund programme.
“Then, during my time at the Lesedi Local Municipality, I mentored and tutored Grade 11 and 12 learners at the Kganya Lesedi Secondary School.
“I am pleased to say that most of those learners have since graduated from university and some are still pursuing their honours, mostly in accounting and law.
“Mentoring these learners was my way of giving back to Thuthuka. I also wanted to see the accounting profession grow in previously disadvantaged schools.”
Tumelo Letlojane obtained a BCom in financial accounting at the NWU.
He served as acting deputy chief financial officer at the Rustenburg Local Municipality from September 2018 to May 2019 before being appointed as the head of Financial Management Services.
Prior to that he worked at the Lesedi Local Municipality.
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