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ZAKIYYAH BHAMJEE CA(SA)
Entrepreneur & group financial manager of the Bhamjee Group of Companies & Entrepreneurship Portfolio Head of the Tariro Foundation
Zakiyyah Bhamjee CA(SA) is an Entrepreneur and the group financial manager of the Bhamjee Group of Companies and the Entrepreneurship Portfolio Head of the Tariro foundation. She is passionate about Africa and is making progress towards defining her role in the growth story that South Africa has to share with the world. She graduated at the University of Pretoria having completed Bcom (Hons) with Specialization in Accounting Sciences in November 2011, successfully passing the SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) Qualifying Exam in January 2012 as well as the IRBA (Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors) Public Practice Examination in November 2013. She completed articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) and Registered Public Accountant - RA in December 2014. She is involved in various PBOs and aid projects.
Back in the day, not so long ago, I was a bean counter (auditor) at one of the Big 4 firms and it was during this time that I quickly learnt that to obtain a true understanding of a business/organisation one needs to spend time in the kitchen, i.e the place where the operations occur, product is made, etc. Fast forward to 2018 and this auditor now finds herself as an entrepreneur applying these practices taught to her through bean counting.
As far as the accounting of your business is concerned, there are a few key reports that share vital information about your business with relevant stakeholders, these statements can also be used by the entrepreneur as an indicator of the financial health of their business. One of these reports being the statement of cash flows.
During the past 5 weeks I have been representing the Tariro Foundation at the first Lionesses of Africa Accelerator Program - and what a privilege it has been. Throughout these sessions one of the reiterating messages coming from the room has been around the many hats which we must wear as entrepreneurs, be it sales, marketing, HR matters, and not forgetting accounting.