About the blog

This is a collection of resources for anyone wanting to become a Chartered Accountant in South Africa.  It will contain posts designed for students, trainees and those that have recently qualified.

In 2015 I found myself sending out two weekly emails.  On Monday, all the tutors and academics in the College of Accounting at the University of Cape Town received an email.  It contained a theme for the week – basically what I thought was interesting for commerce students in South Africa.  It also contained a book summary or podcast.   On Friday, all the CA(SA) trainee’s who registered with the UCT Board Course, received an email with business updates and also words of motivation.

I loved writing these emails.  I now what to share them with a wider audience.  This blog will therefore touch on the broader themes of what it means to become a professional as well as how to be best perform under pressure.  I hope you find something of value and feel at ease to comment.

The views expressed on this website are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of the UCT College of Accounting.



Paul, Lee-Ann, Patrick and Joanna (who is holding Sophia)

About the author

I am in my mid-30’s, married with 3 small kids and living in Cape Town, South Africa.  Currently I’m a Senior Lecturer in the College of Accounting at the University of Cape Town, where we help students qualify as Chartered Accountants, CA(SA)s.  For more on my journey from student to CA(SA), here is a video. I have also been a Pastor at common ground church since 2009.  It would be a pleasure to host you if you want to visit on a Sunday.  For more info on who we are and what we believe, click here and check out the website.  Common Good is an organisation that I am involved in that seeks to create Employment, Education and Early Childhood Development. Here is it’s website with more info. 

This blog is a collection of lessons I am learning.  It was started in 2016 when I went on study and research leave for 6 months and reconnected with my purpose of wanting to help others not repeat the same mistakes I have made.  I hope that it sparks, inspires and helps you to do what matters most, better.