10 CFOs earn finalist positions in SAICA’s Top 35 Under 35


The competition recognises and rewards young chartered accountants who are trailblazers and leaders.

SAICA has announced the finalists for its Top 35 Under 35 chartered accountants of 2021. Among these are 10 finance professionals in the role of CFO or FD.

The Top 35 Under 35 Competition recognises and rewards young CAs(SA) who are trailblazers and leaders.

  • Beejal Vallabh, NFS Group CFO
  • Jarred Noche, Fundrr co-founder and CFO

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  • Jowayne van Wyk, AEEI CFO
  • Khegu Nkuna, Masingita Group of Companies group FD
  • Kush Padia, FirstRand Short-Term Insurance CFO
  • Lynette Mutsekwa, Europ Assistance Africa CFO
  • Mduduzi Nkosi, New Era Life/Leruo Accounting Services CFO
  • Tafadzwa Makombe, Urbane Living CFO, and Accounting and Financial Advisory manager, as well as Elevate Transformation Coaching life coach
  • Tinyiko Sihlangu, Royal Bafokeng Holdings CFO
  • Yusuf Bodiat, Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company CFO

About the nomination, Yusuf said:

“I am very excited, humbled and grateful to be a finalist in this year’s Top 35 Under 35. This is something I have been working towards for many years. Thank you SAICA.”

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Other finalists include:

  • Akona Gazi-Babana, University of Johannesburg senior lecturer
  • Audrey Muvezwa, Trelleborg South Africa regional controller, and Khuthaza Foundation co-director
  • Balebetje Raesibe Makua, ORI Professionals co-founder and CEO
  • Bright Mhazo, Quick Consols director of sales
  • Candice Unsworth, PKF South Africa CEO
  • Etienne Pieterse, CXP South Africa director operations
  • Gareth Meaker, United Nations World Food Programme finance officer and deputy to treasurer
  • Grant McEwan, Mscssorts head of strategy
  • Itani Phaduli, ORI Professionals founder and director, and University of South Africa lecturer
  • Khanya Modipa, Cross Consulting managing consultant, and Kay Wellness founder and CEO
  • Kristine Tudhope, UPvisor founder
  • Lydene Kombo Packou, MTN Congo head of internal audit and forensic services
  • Mamotlhabane Ntlha, Avis Budget Rental and Leasing executive of strategy and customer support
  • Marinus Hoek, Enslins Bloemfontein director
  • Mmabatho Hantise, EY Strategy and Transaction associate director
  • Mphahlela Mokgatle, BDO South Africa director of business development, and Decorum Stylists founder
  • Nicholas Riemer, The Invigilator co-founder and CEO
  • Onke Ndinani Mkiva, Rand Merchant Bank co-lead of Africa department and trade solutions, corporate and investment banking
  • Peter Tebalelo Serite, Serite & Associates Chartered Accountants founder and managing director
  • Razeen Dada, Dragon Productions and Glorystar Investments CEO and Rich Textiles director
  • Schalk Burger, Xhuma CEO and co-founder
  • Simon Ellis, SmartWage co-founder and CEO
  • Thinus de Vries, Mazars audit partner
  • Thumeka Moletsane, Sanlam senior audit manager and head of operations
  • Tokelo Mulaudzi, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings senior manager of investor relations

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