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Nowa Masipa, an aspiring tax professional, believes in paying it back

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Nowa Masipa knows what it’s like to struggle with some of the finer points of accounting. As a student at University of Johannesburg, he wrestled with some of the technical issues that frustrate young accountants, but – with the guidance of a caring lecturer – he mastered the subject.

He then decided to apply himself to tutor other students who were struggling with accounting. “As I was helped, I see the need to help others and I do that by tutoring them and seeing them excel makes me happy,” he says.

Nowa is one of 75 accountants enrolled on the U2Pro programme, a joint venture between SA Accounting Academy and Saiba that recently took on 75 trainee accountants to prepare them for the next step on their career journey.

Nowa was born in Botlokwa in Limpopo, a small village under the Blouberg Local Municipality. He then moved to Naledi in Soweto where he finished his high school, where his love of numbers first manifested.

He holds a diploma in accountancy from the University of Johannesburg and an advanced accounting diploma with Unisa.

One of his greatest skills is communication, something that has served him well in life. “At the start of the programme, I reached out to other students as well and made acquaintances with them and it was something that I did with ease.”

On the U2Pro programme, Nowa hopes to gain more skills that will better equip him for the work environment.

Among his career goals is to specialise in taxation and he was happy to hear that he can acquire a tax practitioner’s license with Saiba. Ultimately, he intends to continue his accounting training and studies through Unisa.

For now, Nowa is being taken through the U2Pro programme and its incredible line-up of soft skills training, from communication to an appreciation of ethics, leading on to the hard skills of accounting that will prepare him for the workplace.  

We wish him well on his journey.