In 2017 Andrew Maraidza was the first a SAIBA member to be issued with a Practice License in Immigration Engagements, and has seen his accounting practice grow steadily since then.

“I highly recommend this for accountants who want to grow their practice and expand their sources of income,” he says. “I decided to become an immigration specialist because I could see the need that was out there.”

Andrew has an accounting practice in King Williamstown int eh Eastern Cape that employs seven permanent staff and eight interns. But as a Zimbabwean national, he who knows what it is like to navigate the bureaucratic maze of immigration. “Like most immigrants to this country, I found it difficult to work my way through all the legal requirements, because you are dealing with the Department of Home Affairs, the banks and various other regulatory bodies. And you cannot easily learn what is required from the internet. I find people immigrating here need guidance and want to be able to speak to someone who understands their needs and their plans.”

Maraidza, of the firm Andrew and Associates Accountants, is currently busy with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Accounting at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) in UK. Read more