Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

15 February 2013

Namibia: New Bean Counters Enter Trade

Pricewaterhouse Coopers welcomed 36 new young professionals into its fold earlier this year. The group of young people consists of 18 candidates as trainee chartered accountants, 2 Tax Academy trainees and 16 trainees for gaining experience in accounting.

Professional regulations stipulate that trainee accountants have to receive at least forty hours of formal training per annum, as well as enter a structured programme of continuous practical training in terms of strict guidelines laid down by the Public Accountants' and Auditors' Board of Namibia (PAAB).

Over the years PwC has qualified as chartered accountants a number of prominent business leaders, some of whom now play a significant role in the growth of the Namibian firm, while others have gone on to hold strategic management positions in both the private and public sector of the Namibian economy.

The PwC Tax Academy, the first and only one of its kind in Namibia; is a symbol of PwC's commitment to Vision 2030 and the development of Tax professionals in the country. Since inception of the Academy in January 2007, the firm has qualified 12 Tax Specialist. In addition to the 2 new intakes, the firm currently has 5 candidates enrolled on a 3 year tax articles programme while furthering their studies within various taxation fields.

Through the Experienced Hires process, the firm brings significant advantages to our clients by matching expertise to help them achieve their desired results. The firm looks to hire a wide range of professionals from across various industries and expertise to strengthen the impact of the assurance, advisory and tax service lines.

At the traditional annual Welcome Back function where the new trainees were inducted, Managing Director Nangula Uaandja, (who herself started out as a trainee of the firm in 1997) encouraged the new trainees to remain mentally tough but yet resilient, goal driven and most importantly focus on living out their passions.

At the same event, Dr. Christina Swart-Opperman, Director of Human Resource Services at PwC; coached the new intakes on the importance of maintaining a great mental state as a means to improved health, enhanced performance and productivity, calm and balance, and ultimately an enriched life in a holistic manner, enabling them to make the most of the moments they are given.

PwC says it invests more than N$4 million annually in training its staff. Both Nangula Uaandja and Christina Swart-Opperman are former Namibian Businesswomen of the Year.

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