UKZN Accounting lecturers make Saica’s Top 35-under-35 list

UKZN Accounting academics Boitumelo Loate and Virodh Singh. Photograph: Supplied

UKZN Accounting academics Boitumelo Loate and Virodh Singh. Photograph: Supplied

Published Dec 18, 2023


By Thandiwe Jumo

Boitumelo Loate and Virodh Singh - academics in the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) School of Accounting, Economics and Finance – have made it onto the coveted South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) Top 35-under-35 list.

The annual recognition programme, which received more than 800 applications this year, celebrates young chartered accountants who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession and society. These elite awards recognise individuals under the age of 35 who have demonstrated excellence in their careers, leadership potential and a commitment to ethical conduct.

Loate, who lectures in the Master of Accountancy programme part-time while working as a portfolio manager at 36ONE Asset Management, says being recognised in the Lead category validates her clear vision and strong commitment to fostering innovation and positive impact.

“I think the reason I won this specific category award is that in each professional role, I’ve gone beyond the confines of a traditional job description - actively engaging in thought leadership, business development (winning pitches and client mandates/engagements) and social responsibility initiatives.”

She added that this approach reflects her belief that true leadership is a calling and not limited by the narrow requirements of a job specification.

“One of my core principles has been to create a culture where innovation thrives. By consistently challenging individuals to be greater and encouraging them to see business problems as opportunities for growth, I’ve aimed to foster a culture of continuous improvement and resilience.”

Loate is also a trustee of the Ruth First Memorial Trust, overseeing the foundation’s financial health and investments.

Singh, who also received the Public Favourite Award, is an ad hoc Accounting lecturer and an independent director at the KZN Inland Cricket Union. He is driven by an unwavering passion for sport and a deep sense of social responsibility. He strives to inspire change by leaving an indelible mark on the world of sport and community development.

“It’s an incredible feeling and honour to be part of an elite and prestigious group of 35 chartered accountants who are making a difference in the profession and society. With over 16 000 eligible candidates under the age of 35 registered with Saica and over 800 entries in this year, it was truly a special feeling to be acknowledged for my efforts and contributions to the profession and society.

“The recognition received will surely open opportunities for me within the industry, but it will also allow me to build my network and continue to have a positive impact with the things I am currently doing,” said Singh.