Laying the Financial Foundation for Entrepreneurs
Zamekile Mthiyane is a Professional Accountant registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).
She is dynamic in thinking and in practice, with the ability to simplify issues and go straight to the core.
She has a National Diploma in Accounting, B.Tech Degree in Cost and Management Accounting, a certificate in Entrepreneurship, and has Post Graduate Diploma in Local Economic Development from UKZN.
Zame attributes her success to hard work and paying attention to detail during 11 years’ experience in corporate sector having worked for the following companies: S.A.Clothing Industries, Barlows Equipment, S.A.Sugar Association and Durban Metrorail as a financial and a management accountant.
She has written a financial literacy training programme: Real Finance for Entrepreneurs Level 1 and Level 2, and a case study “Finance Matters.” These programmes are aimed at laying a foundation for an entrepreneur who is running a business but does not have any finance background.
PZ Finance Institute
Zamekile Mthiyane founded PZ Consulting ran it for 14 years offering: Bookkeeping, Accounting, Tax Compliance, Payroll and Financial Management Training and Mentorship.
During the past ten years she has seen the need grow for financial training in the small business sector and realised that she can unlock work opportunities for the youth in the finance sector by empowering them with an Accounting Technicians South Africa – AT (SA) qualification to prepare them for employment in both the SMME and corporate sector.
The South African small business landscape has unique features due to our history of exclusion and underdevelopment. Foundation skills are mostly weak, if present at all. Besides access to funding, two issues that SME’s struggle with most is compliance – keeping their paperwork right, and accounting and bookkeeping functions.
In an attempt to address these challenges, the team at PZ Consulting came up with an idea of a FINANCE INSTITUTE.
PZ Finance Institute will train:
- Financial Administrators (Bookkeepers) – to be employed by growing SME’s – to be a right hand person for an entrepreneur to manage financial tasks
- Accounting Entrepreneurs – these people will run their own SME’s act as business and administrative problem solvers for SME’s
- April 2014 – Best Shanduka Black Umbrellas Ambassador Award
- October 2014 – Ligugu Lami Award from South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN) in Micro Enterprises Category
- June 2015 – Finalist in the Regional Business Achievers Awards 2015 by Business Women’s Association of South Africa
Professional bodies and organisations:
- SAIPA (South African Institute of Professional Accountants)
- Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- IBASA (Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa)
- Sasdc (The South African Supplier Diversity Council
- Toastmasters International