LEPHALALE — Tshidiso Maduwa grew up in Bangalong Village near Lephalale and attended Bangalong Primary School. This is where he decided that he was going to be the first person in his family to get a formal degree.
As a young boy living in a rural area with his grandmother, he could never explain why he filled his school books with pictures of houses and buildings. But looking back today it makes perfect sense. This 26 year old Chartered Accountant (CA) is working as the Senior Audit Associate of a diversified real estate department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, serving Square Mile Capital Management LLC as his main client.
He said that his grandmother did a great job of raising him but it was only when he moved to Pretoria to go to high school there that his dream of going to university became a possibility.
In 2003 he left Lephalale for Pretoria where he attended Elandspoort High School. He says it was there that he slowly but surely fell in love with accounting, thanks to an incredible teacher. “The more I began investigating the career options this subject could lead me to, the more I knew I wanted to become a CA”.
Maduwa says he matriculated with good marks and could not wait to start his studies at the University of Pretoria. He struggled to make ends meet in his first year and investigated solutions to help him continue his studies. He found the answer in a bursary – an innovative programme of the SA Institute of CA’s. He says this bursary was a blessing.
He completed his tertiary studies at the University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg after which he was placed at a company for his three-year training contract. Madiwa says the experience helped him gain invaluable experience that led him to the opportunity to go on secondment to Kansas City in America.
“I really learnt a lot about other cultures and myself as I discovered how to adapt all the time. It also cemented me in the belief that I was going to return to the USA in the future” he says.
His opportunity came sooner than he expected and he has been thriving in his position in New York since October 2015.
His grandmother still lives in Bangalong and his parents are both in Pretoria with his brother (10) and sister (4).
Maduwa said to Mogol Post that he visited Lephalale in September 2015 to say goodbye to his grandmother before leaving for America. “I am really excited about the new developments in town. There has really been a huge influx of people and businesses to Lephalale and this has definitely benefited the town’s economy” he says.
He says he will leave New York eventually but only after he has gained as much experience as he can and learned more about property/real estate. “I see myself as the next best thing in the property industry” he says. His message to the youth of today is “don’t let your current circumstances define your future, anything is possible”.