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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University's 2019 Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA-CTA) graduates achieved the highest pass rate in the country for qualification as Chartered Accountants, placing our University first out of sixteen accredited universities in the country.

This pass rate is for first time attempt candidates in the first of two professional examinations set by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). 

Two of our graduates were placed in the top 10 nationally – Hayley Ward (left in photo below) was placed first in the country, with Charis du Plessis being placed fourth overall. Both graduates were also part of the Pinnacle Leadership Programme from their first year of studies – a holistic development programme for top achievers within the School of Accounting.

An impressive 93% of the 2019 PGDA-CTA graduates passed the 2020 SAICA Initial Test of Competency (ITC) examination on their first attempt – this compares very favourably with the national pass rate of 68% for first time attempts.

Further to this, our Black African students achieved a pass rate of 87%, which is considerably higher than the national pass rate of 56% for first time attempts by Black African candidates. Based on this achievement, Nelson Mandela University places second countrywide.

These outstanding results confirm the high quality of the programme offered by Nelson Mandela University’s School of Accounting.