Thembelihle Mbatha is a multi-talented young CA(SA) who is consistently rewarded for her success in financial planning, strategic and operational improvements. She has experience in policy development and staff management positively impacting overall morale and productivity. Thembelihle is currently working as Executive Corporate Services: Chief Financial Officer at the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency since June 2013, based in Mpumalanga province.

She is the winner of the 2019 Top Empowerment Young Achiever of the Year Under 40 Award and was the second runner-up in the highly commended certificate of the 2018 Oliver Tambo Public Sector Leader Award. In 2017, Thembelihle was a finalist in two categories for the Standard Bank top women awards: Sector Leader Award and Top Young Achiever of the Year. She was also the first black African female to qualify on both public practice examinations in training contract at the Nelspruit KPMG office.

Thembelihle believes that as a young black female CA(SA), she needs to tell her story to motivate many young South African girls born in a township somewhere just like herself who made her dream possible through hard work, education and determination.

She believes that by telling her story through motivational talks and women seminars, she will be better profiled to inspire and expose the fact that with God on your side, hard work, education and determination, nothing is impossible! ‘Age is just a number,’ she says. ‘BE the shining light of impossibilities made possible to bring and be the change you want to see!’