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Top-35-under-35 Awards

Top-35-under-35 Awards


The Top 35 Under 35 Awards aims to identify and celebrate young Chartered Accountants and Associates who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession and society. This prestigious award recognizes 35 exceptional members and associates under the age of 35. These difference makers excel in their careers and contribute significantly to their communities and the broader South African economy. They are leaders, innovators, and change-makers who embody SAICA's values: excellence, integrity, and vision.

These Awards which have been celebrated for a decade, deliver some of South Africa’s greatest young leaders. The Awards have also built an incredibly talented alumni of SAICA ambassadors over the years.


  • Transformative Leader Award: Demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities, driving positive change within their organisation or community while also actively mentoring and supporting the development of others.
  • Impact Champion Award: Creates a significant and measurable social or economic impact through their work.
  • Future-Fit Innovator Award sponsored by Xero: Leads the way in adopting innovative solutions that benefit the accounting profession.
  • Wellness Advocate Award: Promotes and supports mental health awareness and other related areas within their business and/or community.
  • DEI Champion Award: Demonstrates exceptional commitment to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within their workplace or the profession.
  • SDG Champion Award: Demonstrates exceptional leadership and commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their work.
  • SAICA Brand Ambassador Award: Actively promotes SAICA and its designations through branding, marketing and communication efforts, thought leadership or public engagement and/or has contributed to SAICA's development and advocacy efforts.

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Standard Bank

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Previous finalists

Meet our 2023 Top 35-under-35 overall winner

Overall winner: Senzo Ndlangamandla CA(SA)

Congratulations, Senzo, on this remarkable achievement! As the Head of the Department for Accounting Sciences at Walter Sisulu University and the Managing Director at SnB Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors, Senzo Ndlangamandla is an accomplished education professional. He dedicated 3 years to serving as the JSE Investment Challenge Coordinator in the Mthatha region, introducing students—predominantly from rural communities—to stock exchange dynamics. His impactful work in academia led to his appointment as the head of the department for accounting sciences at Walter Sisulu University in 2022, where he successfully implemented a plan that improved the University’s SAICA rating. In addition, he runs an audit practice with a staff complement of 11, all of whom are youth, showcasing his commitment to fostering opportunities for the next generation.
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Meet our 2023 Top 35-under-35 category winners