Ntokozo Mojapelo, 34

Ntokozo Mojapelo has 14 years’ experience in the auditing field, having joined then Grant Thornton in 2006 as a trainee accountant.

In 2015, she was appointed assurance director at Grant Thornton at the age of 28. She became not only the youngest but also the first black African female to be appointed director at Grant Thornton South Africa. She has directed an audit portfolio that comprised both private and public sector clients, leads the Public Sector segment and People and Culture (Human Resources) department, and was a member of the Grant Thornton National People and culture committee whilst also being the SAICA training officer for the Pretoria office.

She has also been a panel member of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) Audit Development Programme (ADP).

She has always been passionate about the growth and development of those around her and always looks for opportunities to realise this passion. With the integration of Grant Thornton and SizweNtsalubaGobodo in 2018, Ntokozo is now a member of the National Skills Development Committee, responsible for the learning and development of employees throughout the various service lines within SNG Grant Thornton. She is also the IRBA oversight registered auditor for the Pretoria office in charge of the IRBA ADP.

She is passionate about the development and upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities and is involved in various community projects. In addition to being actively involved in the CSI initiatives driven by SNG Grant Thornton, she is part of a small fellowship of six individuals who regularly provide career guidance, purchase and distribute Bibles in local languages, food parcels, school uniforms and stationery, whilst also supporting those communities, depending on their needs. Furthermore, she mentors young entrepreneurs with an intention to empower them to grow and sustain their small businesses. She has seen these businesses grow, becoming formalised, creating jobs and making a difference in their communities.

Ntokozo contributed to the August 2016 special feature on transformation in Accountancy SA and has overseen the Businesswoman of the Year South Africa judging process and awards between 2014 and 2016.

Being a God-fearing wife and mother of two, her personal experiences demonstrate that an ordinary person from an unremarkable background can succeed and make a difference.

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