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My name is Bronwyn Welgemoed and I'm a Senior Bookkeeper for an IT company in Port Elizabeth. I started my ACP in 2008, while working as a receptionist. I wanted to further my career and accounting has always been interesting to me. Since studying part-time, I've changed roles within my… Read more »

I started studying B.Com Accounting through UJ (RAU back then) in 2003. My first two years went well, although I experienced some challenges living in the residence - on campus back then. In 2006, I went through a very personally challenging year. Several things happening at once and caused me… Read more »

Success story: Gayle McWalter

Success story: Gayle McWalter

My name is Gayle McWalter. I live in Bergvliet, Cape Town and I'm married with two grown-up children. I trained as a Junior Primary School teacher many moons ago.

In November 2007, I joined a few other women in taking pots of hot cooked food to people who were living on the streets of Cape Town. And somehow, in the course of helping, we found ourselves starting a Non-profit Organisation. It soon became evident that my strength lay in the administration side of things. Funding and finances alway play a big role in the NGO sector, and one of my tasks has been to build up a financial framework - initially by keeping careful records of all monies coming in and going out of the organisation.

As our organisation grew, I've had to take on varying roles of bookkeeper, accountant and treasurer - all as a volunteer with very little prior experience and no training! I have learned a huge amount in the last seven years of pioneering this organisation, and found that I love working with money and figures.

Last year, although we had a bookkeeper and accounting consultant, I decided that I needed to (and finally had the time to) do some training in the field of accounting. I did a bit of research and came across the ICB's qualifications. I enrolled with SACOB and have started the journey right from Junior Bookkeeper!

Although I'm only on the second and third subjects now, I've discovered that it's been immensely interesting and helpful to know all the right ways of doing things, and to learn the reasons behind the methods.

But it's not easy going back to school after so many years. And writing my first exam was an eye opener! Although I knew my content well, I had forgotten all about exam technique and that one does not have enough time to write down everything you know.

I have really enjoyed putting my mind back into learner gear. And I'm becoming so much more knowledgeable in the areas that matter to me.

I think I will always be in the business of helping people. And because my love and strength is admin, the ICB is helping me to become skilled at what I love and in the way that I can best provide assistance to needy people. As a result, I'm feeling far more confident in my role within the NGO.

It is never too late to continue your learning! I love the way the ICB clearly lays out the requirements for the assessments. It's also most helpful to be able to work in my own time from home. 

Thank you for making it possible and easy to further my studies and in fact, embark on a whole new field of learning at my age. :-)


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