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Man takes 10 years to become CA – inspires people to never give up

Aug 25 2017 12:07
Pam Magwaza, YOU

Johannesburg - “Delay does not mean denial” - this was the motto of Basia Phomane.

The 31-year-old from the Free State spent a decade of his life chasing his dream of becoming a chartered accountant (CA).

After attempting his first CTA (certificate in the theory of accounting) in 2005 he was unsuccessful for 10 years before finally passing it in 2015.

However, he tragically died in a car accident just days after receiving his results without ever becoming a practising CA.

His sister Refiloe-Hape wrote to YOU to share an inspirational email her brother sent to her before his untimely death.

"My brother, Basia Phomane emailed me on 1 April 2015. He received his SAICA results on the 27th 
February 2015 at 16:00 and learnt that he had passed the 2nd board exam.

"He was just preparing to register with SAICA to finally get the CA (SA) title when he unfortunately passed away in a car accident. I personally know what he went through to get this qualification, which is why I feel that he left me a legacy and hope that I, too, can achieve my dreams. He was such an inspiration to me and I know that his story can touch so many lives. His last email to me reads as follows:

'I first attempted CTA (certificate in the theory of accounting) in 2005 at the University of the Free State. I was not successful in the exam.

'In 2006 I decided to give it another try with the same university. The second time around I passed and then wrote the SAICA Qualifying exam (Now called Initial Test of Competence) in 2007.

'I was again unsuccessful in this exam for five consecutive years (2007 to 2011). SAICA had a regulation at the time that candidates were only afforded five consecutive examination opportunities to sit for the exam.

'Five unsuccessful attempts in this exam meant I had to re-do the CTA. In 2012 I made a decision to register the CTA with UNISA. I failed CTA that year. At this point, I had almost given up and started thinking of other career options. I was almost convinced this was not meant for me.

'In January 2013, my wife and I made a decision that we're going to draw up a prayer list. We listed everything we were trusting God for (including passing the CTA). We put the list on the wall and prayed for these items. Indeed God’s promises are yes and amen.


'I passed my CTA in November 2013 and then wrote the SAICA board exam in January 2014. The results of the board exam were released on Friday 28 March and I was successful. One more exam to go in order to achieve my dream!

'My story in summary is as follows: I don’t know of anyone who has attempted the CTA twice, passed it on the second attempt, failed the board exam five times, went back to CTA and failed it, re-registered again in the following year and then passed, wrote the board exam and passed – besides me - and I still haven’t given up on the dream of being a Chartered Accountant.

'The one question that has been on my mind the whole time was: How will I encourage and teach my daughter never to give up on her dreams if I give up on mine?

'It’s really not a race, it’s a journey…Delay does not mean denial'."

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