Corporate Social Responsibility

Grant Thornton Pretoria giving guidance to 200 learners

Accounting and Educational EXPO 2015 at Kwalata Camp, Dinokeng for 200 high school learners

Auditing and accounting is sadly losing favour amongst learners throughout South Africa as a preferred career choice. This is main due to increasing onerous risks associated with the profession. As a result the number of registered auditors in South Africa is beginning to decline. Even more concerning is the rapid decline in the number of trainee accountants. According to the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors’ 2014 annual report the number of trainee accountants has fallen 32% from more than 4 100 trainees in 2010 to below 2 800 in 2014.

In an effort to curb this issue, a key priority is to offer good, strong career guidance for scholars so that the career of Accounting can be presented in a more positive light as a viable profession for learners to pursue.

Grant Thornton Pretoria will be achieving this goal at the Grant Thornton Pretoria Accounting and Educational EXPO in the Hammanskraal area near Pretoria this week. The Expo will provide professional career guidance and information to 200 Grade 10 and 11 learners from rural and township schools.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness in a community where learners may not have access to the resources, facilities and career guidance that will introduce them to the possibility of enjoying a successful career in the accounting profession. Grant Thornton, in partnership with Kwalata Community Development Initiative and sponsors GreatSoft and AKA Capital, aspire to ignite the dream of success through education and especially hard work in subjects like accounting and mathematics.

The event, which takes place on 17 September 2015 at the Kwalata Main Camp of the Dinokeng Game Reserve, will expose learners to different career options in the accounting and mathematics fields through educational theatre, illustrated talks, and interactive exhibitions from experts.

Grant Thornton South Africa is committed to bringing positive change and development in South Africa through multiple corporate social responsibility projects across the country.

Johan Blignaut, Office Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Pretoria, sums their approach to CSR up by saying, “To us, corporate social responsibility is not about building a public image. Instead, it is about making a real difference in the lives of people that continue long after the income statement has been approved. It has to come from the heart.”

Grant Thornton Pretoria Accounting and Educational Expo details:

Date: 17 September 2015

Time: 9:00 - 16:00

Venue: Kwalata Game Lodge Address: Dinokeng Game Reserve, Hammanskraal, Gauteng


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About the Kwalata Community Development Initiative

The Kwalata Community Development Initiative, a subsidiary of the Kwalata Lodge (which is situated adjacent to the community of Hammanskraal), is a socio-economic development enterprise which has grown out of a twenty-year involvement in the surrounding community. For the past five years, the Kwalata Community Development Initiative has facilitated and assisted international donors and corporate South Africa to commit, engage and roll out their social responsibility obligations successfully and with great results. They have created a framework where donations, sponsorships and long term partnerships happen in communities; applying commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental well-being.