Most people dream of going to college or university after matric, but for some, it is easier than for others due to financial constraints. When Ziningi Mazibuko BAP (SA) completed her matric, she had to wait two years before continuing her studies. Fortunately, she had a cousin who saw her potential and offered to enroll her in university.
Ziningi then registered to study a national diploma in accounting at Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban. During her studies, she was part of a trainee accountant work-readiness programme at which she excelled. She then wrote the Professional Evaluation Examination and qualified as a professional accountant and tax practitioner.
She is currently studying towards an Advanced Diploma in Accounting Science at the University of South Africa. When asked how she can achieve this, she says setting goals and focusing on them is vital to her success. When still a trainee accountant, she was asked what she hoped to be in five years. Her immediate reply: a tax practitioner, which she was able to achieve within the five years. “That made me so proud. I achieved the goal had set for myself,” says Ziningi.
Outside of her professional life, Ziningi relaxes by going for a run, something she finds therapeutic and calming. She is part of an athletics club and has participated in races like FNB Run and the Total Sport women’s race. She adds: “Fortunately for me, I have worked for accounting practices owned by women. My inspiration draws from them. Seeing the hard work they had to put in, and the challenges they have faced in a male-dominated industry has inspired me to be successful. As young women, we should never set limits for ourselves.”
It takes courage to start up your own accounting and tax consulting practice, and Ziningi had the added challenge of doing it without start-up capital. But she did it anyway, got through the early growing pains and is now hoping to expand by reaching more small companies, creating more employment opportunities and providing professional services to all her clients.
As a business accountant in practice, Ziningi wants to add Independent Reviews and Business Rescue to many of the services she offers. This, she says, is one of the perks of being a Saiba member, which helps build her professional competence and helps attract new clients.
“Saiba communicates with its members so well, we are always well informed. I am also part of the ‘find an accountant’ profiling system that Saiba has for helping clients find us with ease. It’s amazing.”