Like many other students, Hansie has failed, but her relentless drive has seen her become an influential CA.
The mind of a businesswoman with a heart of gold. This barely describes Buhle Hanise’s personality. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was recently appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of BAIC Automobile SA. She is also the Deputy President of African Women Chartered Accountants, where she mentors young women who are on their journey to qualifying as Chartered Accountants, and provides them with guidance to equip them with all the tools necessary to allow them to compete on the same level as their male counterparts.
Her work at AWCA is her cornerstone,and she focuses on teaching young women to set goals every year and sign contracts with themselves to ensure that they push the boundaries and succeed in the cut-throat environment.
Hanise knows personally how failures can wreak havoc on a young person’s plans and ambitions. It was a part of Hanise’s journey, which she now speaks about with no regrets. She describes her journey as “tough but fruitful”.
She failed her first board exam, which many young accountants also experience, but eventually qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. It is her success after such failures that allow her to engage with those who are up and coming and who may just feel like the profession is too much for them. Hanise explained that, when she had failed for the first time, she felt that it was okay to cry and it was okay to feel sad, but she did not wallow in self-pity and she had to move forward.
“I never sat down and said I don’t have a plan. I always took the time to regroup and reshape when I was dealing with a tough time, but kept my goal-setting up and, as I did when I was a child, I stood up and tried again. It’s only you in it at the end of the day. There can be so many structures in society that say ‘no’, but it takes a simple ‘yes’ from within to crack through every boundary.”