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Dear ICB My name is Erastus Hepute and I would like to express my gratitude for this bursary opportunity. I am an ICB graduate, holding a National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting, and I have quite a strong academic performance. I've also been awarded with 'Best Accounting Student' and 'Best… Read more »

Dear ICB I, Blanche Saptouw hereby thank you for taking the time to review my bursary application, and would be truly grateful should it be granted. I am 31 years old, a single mother of two, and desperately striving to create a better home for my family. Over the past few… Read more »

Success story: Anneli Venter

Success story: Anneli Venter

Like many part-time students, Anneli Venter was inspired to further her studies while working - "I was working as a debtor’s clerk when I realised that I had a knack for figures."

She studied part-time at Damelin West Rand, starting with the ICB Skills Programme in Bookkeeping to Trial Balance. In 2011 she completed the ICB Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting. Today, she is the Financial Manager of The GSI Group Africa (Pty) Ltd - a world-class manufacturer of agricultural equipment and services.

While in her first year of study, Anneli was promoted to Junior Bookkeeper and it wasn’t long until she was promoted again to Senior Bookkeeper.

"I would not have been promoted so quickly if it wasn’t for my studies", she says. "It made me realise how import it is to further your education and gain the necessary experience."

Anneli left her position as Senior Bookkeeper to join the GSI Group as a bookkeeper, where she was promoted to the position of Financial Manager.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Monthly management of accounts.
  • Tax calculations.
  • Budget preparation.
  • Approval and checking of transactions like salaries and payments.
  • Internal control.
  • Contracts relevant within the organisation.
  • Monthly reviews and compiling reports to be sent to the GSI Group head office in the USA.

It’s known that accounting requires accuracy and has a reputation as a 'boring job'. But Anneli says her profession is far from dull! "Every day brings a new challenge!"

Anneli accredits her career acceleration to Damelin West Rand - "They helped me climb the corporate ladder and find the confidence to achieve my goals, knowing that I have the correct tools to do so."

Her advice to high school graduates? "Further your studies as soon as you can, it will only make things easier for you in the future", advises Anneli. "I lived and worked in the UK for two years, which was great, but in a way I regret not persuing my studies sooner."

Her experience on campus was good - "Damelin West Rand looks after their students and I often found the student consultant, Petro Welgemoed would go out of her way to assist me", says Anneli, who found Saturday morning classes manageable in her busy schedule. "My course facilitators were highly skilled, knew their subjects well and made it easy to understand the work. To succeed in a career, it is important to always stay hungry for knowledge, learn how to perform under pressure and continuously challenge yourself to grow. Damelin West Rand is a great starting point."

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