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Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?

No, I had to divert my career path and become an accountant


When meeting with clients do they mostly come to your own premises or do you mostly go their theirs?

I mostly go to my clients, Sometimes meet at a convenient location where client is comfortable with


What is your preferred mode of communication with your clients?



Have you ever done an online video call with a client?



What do you love most about accounting?

It allows me to interact with different people of different backgrounds and I do learn quite a lot from their life experiences


Would you recommend accounting as a career for school-leavers, and why?

Yes, definitely would recommend a career in Accounting as its a very noble profession with lots of opportunities if one works hard and love what they do


What qualities should South African business people be looking for in their accountant?

Professionalism second to none, competent, due care and diligence, honest and high integrity


What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

Most accountants face challenges in raising the required capital for expansion or growing in their trade


What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

Preparation of management reports, annual financial statements, tax planning and Administration


Describe your average client:

The one who takes a bit longer to supply the necessary documents for a job


How far away from your premises is your furthest client?



From your accounting experience, if you could cite one of the biggest reasons SME's in SA fail, what would it be?

Failure to manage finances


What accounting software do you like best?



What other software, online services or apps do you use?

Sage pastel online, Xero accounting software


Do you think the coming wave of automation in the next few years will steal some accounting jobs and why/why not?

Yes it could have an impact to the profession


What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

They need proper administration to promote compliance with tax authorities


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Watching soccer


What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

Watching soccer


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