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FIRST LISWATI WOMAN APPOINTED PWC PARTNER

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MBABANE – Chartered Accountant Makhosazana Mhlanga has become the first black woman to assume the position of PriceWaterHouse Coopers (PwC) Swaziland Partner.

The humble woman assumed her role of being partner at the revered firm yesterday. During an interview at the company’s offices on Friday morning, the phenomenal born and bred Manzini lady, beamed with confidence as she narrated how she prides herself to have been able to achieve this feat. The last born in her family, said her success was victory for women in Eswatini as a whole. “I hope my admission to partnership as the first black liSwati female partner in PwC Swaziland, will inspire others and make them realise that they can achieve their dreams if they work hard and are passionate about their work,” said Mhlanga, who was raised by her eldest sister, Nomsa, after losing both parents at a young age.

Mhlanga attributed her success to Nomsa, whom she said played a big role in her life and development. “I would not be here if it was not for her. She took over when my parents passed on and played a huge role in my life. My mother passed on when I was doing my primary school and my father passed on when I was in my early years of high school. Losing both parents at a tender age taught me to be responsible, independent, strong and re-imagine the possible,” explained the former Beufort Primary School and St Theresa’s girls School pupil. Mhlanga said she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) degree at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), where she passed with a first class and got a dean’s prize.

Joined

The PwC partner joined the firm in 2005 as an articled clerk  and is a Chartered Accountant through the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). She was promoted to Senior Manager in 2014 and became as Associate Director in 2016. Mhlanga was seconded to the PwC office in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 2013. The CA said there had been a number of people who played a big role in her personal and professional growth and development. These individuals include Paul Lewis, who used to be a managing partner in PwC Swaziland. Mhlanga said Lewis developed and nurtured her to be the person she is today. “Lewis believed in me and my potential from day one,” Mhlanga disclosed. Others who had been influential in her career include Theo Mason, who is the current Managing Partner, Mvuselelo Fakudze – CEO of Standard Bank, Sabelo Simelane – her husband whom she said supported her career and dream.


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