Diversity and a love of learning is key to getting ahead in business

This story is sponsored

There are tangible advantages to having a diverse background. Vusi Mpofu (46) has worked in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa, where he garnered experience as an auditor, accountant, treasurer and now as a banker. His parents, who were in the education and medical fields, instilled empathy in him and a passion for learning.

Mpofu completed his accountancy degree at the National University of Lesotho in 1997, then served his articles with KPMG. While fulfilling various roles with multi-national companies he completed a Diploma in Advanced Banking with the University of Johannesburg before graduating with an MBA from Wits in 2010. During this time he also completed executive development programmes with Duke University.

With multi-cultural education behind him, what inspired him to chase a profession in the financial sector? His answer is simple: while growing up he and his friends were inspired by the suits and briefcases of the Chartered Accountants in his area. This is what sparked his interest in the field, which he saw as the key to a good life. Today, Mpofu is proud to be a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Associate General Accountant [AGA(SA)] designation. 

When asked about the much-publicised challenges the accounting profession is currently experiencing, Mpofu opines that we all should remember that institutions are made up of individuals. “The one human fallacy I’ve seen is that we inherently think or assume that everyone comes with a cupful of integrity, and that’s not always the case.”


He says that organisations must accept this fact and work to combat weaknesses in their policies and procedures to protect their integrity and interests.

As a young accountant, his advice to the next generation of finance sector professionals is to invest in hard work. “If you are already employed somewhere, put in the extra hours: arrive an hour early and leave the office an hour later. It makes such a huge impact on your work output and development.

“Young people must also take care not to waste valuable time. Whether they are on school break or vacation, they must include study time. This will help with being ahead of the pack when schools reopen, making the education load easier.”

He also preaches personal advancement through the constant acquisition of more knowledge: “Such is the nature and demand of commerce and the rapid rate of change in all industries.” Is this the reason he has attained numerous degrees in varied sectors? “Yes. I’m qualified to work as an auditor, a tax specialist and a banker. It’s all about being able to pivot at any moment, which is a capability that the financial sector, and indeed many other industries, simply demand of all their professionals.”

It’s this passion for self-advancement that led Mpofu to his current role at Nedbank, where he is the Sector Lead: Mining & Chemicals within its Corporate and Investment Banking division.        

About Mail & Guardian Sponsored Stories

The Mail & Guardian’s sponsored stories are produced in association with paying partners. We work closely with our partners to ensure all stories meet our standards of editorial quality, and offer information of value to readers.

If you would like to speak to our team, please contact us at this email address.

Related stories

Entrepreneur says integrity has been the cornerstone of his career

The nature of having a small practice is a key to offering clients a more bespoke and personalised service and being able to make a difference

Accounting ethics: Why character matters

An accountant’s character is their product ­– and once an accountant’s integrity is in doubt then the product loses its value

The ‘acceptable’ theft

So many of us point fingers at the rampant corruption in the public sector, but don’t think about ourselves and the wrongs we’ve normalised through policy

Young professional shares his passion for the public sector and encourages others to choose this path

'I was given the opportunity to serve my articles at the Auditor General’s offices and that's where I developed a preference for working in the public sector'

A dose of courage: The key for women who want to make it in the accountancy profession

'I believe that a woman can and should have it all and make it work – it's my goal to use my story to inspire young and ambitious girls to believe this too'

Accounting technician beats the odds to obtain a professional qualification

'Being an AT(SA) offers lifelong learning and professional development opportunities because you never get to stop learning'
Advertising

Today's top stories

Entrepreneurs strike Covid gold

Some enterprising people found ways for their ventures to survive the strictest lockdown levels

Ithala backs its embattled chairperson

Roshan Morar is being investigated in connection with KwaZulu-Natal education department backpack sanitiser tender worth R4-million and a batch of face masks that vanished

Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks

Nok terracottas are proof that an ancient civilisation once existed in Nigeria. Now they are at the centre of a multimillion-dollar, globe-spanning underground industry — and once again, Nigeria is losing out

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: Liberating Africa from land of liberté

The cultural and political activist is on a quest to bring looted treasures back home

Dirty air kills 476 000 newborns

In 2019, two-thirds of infant deaths caused by pollution were in sub-Saharan Africa
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday