Life wasn’t easy for Mohure Mamabolo growing up in Atteridgeville, near Pretoria. “I wouldn’t exactly say we were poor, but money was always scarce and my parents had to stretch to bring us up,” he says.
High school was a 4km walk there and back each day, but the young Mohure quickly developed a love for figures and accounting. Like most aspiring accountants contemplating his next move after school, Mohure wanted to be a chartered accountant. But then he found a home in the SA Institute of Business Accountants (Saiba), and took up the BAP(SA) designation.
“I first learned about Saiba through my interactions with the SA Institute of Tax Practitioners (Sait) where I am currently holding GTP(SA) designation. I discovered that there are far more opportunities for entrepreneurial accountants like myself under the Saiba umbrella. They encourage entrepreneurship and education. For example, they are now offering specialist licences for accountants as immigration specialists, independent reviewers, accounting officers and so on. This is where the real future lies for accountants,” he says.