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Women’s Month Webinar


In honour of Women’s Month and the significant role women play in our society and economy, SAIPA is hosting a much-needed conversation, by women for women!

As the world continues to shift toward calling out gender inequality and creating ways to bridge historic gaps, women are at risk of their own habits of thinking, feeling and acting – forming a final hidden glass ceiling.

To break through this final hidden glass ceiling, women need support in how they:

  • perceive themselves in their various roles in work and society,
  • build their personal brand and career,
  • manage conflict and assert themselves effectively,
  • design the life they – not historic societal expectations – desire.

About the Webinar

This webinar discussion features acclaimed women leaders who have managed to break through the proverbial “invisible glass ceiling” and continue to do so daily. They achieve this with quite courage, strength and elegance, using skills and knowledge that they have accumulated over the course of their respective careers.

Join us for a thought-provoking and insightful webinar facilitated by the SAIPA Chairman of the Board, Kantha Naicker.


Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021
Time: 12:00 – 13:30

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She lives by the motto – “Hearts that beat to the tune of kindness can change the rhythm of the world”

Kantha Naicker

Kantha Naicker, Professional Accountant (SA) is currently Chairman of SAIPA’s Board, owner of Evolve Accounting, a mum, wife, daughter, sister and entrepreneur. In addition to having a professional career she is first and foremost a mom to Reshavan and Santhini. Evolve Accounting, is a female owned small medium practice employing four staff members with branches in Durban, Johannesburg and Ladysmith.

Kantha is passionate about the growth and transformation of the accountancy profession, gender equality, inclusivity and diversity. She believes strongly in volunteerism, giving back a fair amount of her time. She has worked tirelessly over the past 25 years to make a difference in the accountancy profession in South Africa and has mentored and guided many on their paths to Professionalization and beyond. She also represents SAIPA on the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) Board which comprises of Professional Accountancy Organisations across Africa.

Her focus is to always make a difference in people’s lives by assisting them to achieve their own dreams through skills and knowledge transfer and encourages them to always pay it forward. She is passionate about everything she gets involved in and ethical in her decision making, a fantastic teacher and mentor and highly skilled she is someone full of enthusiasm, incredibly efficient with a real “can do” attitude.


Shirley Zinn – Key learnings while growing in your career

Dr Shirley Zinn is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was the Head of Human Resources of Standard Bank. She also was head of HR at Nedbank, SARS, and Reckitt Benckiser (Africa & Middle East). She was also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management, and former Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town.

She hails from the Cape Flats in Cape Town, and started her career as a secondary school teacher of English, then moved to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in Teacher Education. She currently serves as an independent non-executive director on several JSE listed Boards (Sanlam, MTN-SA, Advtech, Afrocentric, Spur Corp). She also served on the UCT Council and is the Past President for the Harvard Alumni Association, South Africa. She is also the Chairperson of the V&A Waterfront.

In 2015, she wrote her autobiography entitled “Swimming Upstream” which focuses on her personal and professional journey. She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed Honours (UNISA); M.Ed (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M (Harvard), and Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) (Harvard).


Spokazi Jojo – Entrepreneurship lessons from a Professional Accountant (SA)

Spokazi Jojo, has been a Director at CDP Accounting in the Eastern Cape for the past 4 years.

This young dynamic, ambitious, team-player hails from the Eastern Cape and is currently doing her Masters in Internal Auditing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is also a Professional Accountant (SA) and represents SAIPA as Vice Chairperson for our Southern Region.

Other designations behind her name include, Professional Tax Practitioner (SA), Independent Reviewer (SA), Professional Business Advisor (SA) and Business Rescue Practitioner (SA).

She feels strongly about the upliftment and development of young women and is an active member of ABASA and its Women of ABASA Committee, Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA), The Eastern Cape Women Entrepreneurs under35 and the Black Business Forum (BBF).

Juanita Vorster – The power of communication

Juanita started her own highly regarded and successful, fully remote working, outsourced marketing business in 2013. The company has reported profitable growth every year since its inception with very low churn in staff and clients. She started her journey from employee to self-employed to employer without any managerial experience or business administration qualifications. Her early business decisions were guided by her intuition and in line with her principles:

  • Say yes to opportunities without making promises you can’t keep.
  • Do what you know while adding to what you know.
  • Play well with others.
  • Measure results, not effort.
  • Keep it simple.

On stage and in the classroom Juanita combines her “old millenial” energy and point of view with the tried and tested fundamentals that underpin her success.

In 2019 renowned business growth speaker Roger Harrop invited Juanita to become his sole associate after recognising that her intuitive style of running a business aligned perfectly with the methods he had been teaching in his acclaimed series of keynotes and masterclasses.
Juanita and Roger have co-authored two acclaimed business books since the start of their partnership:

  • Staying in the Helicopter® – the key to sustained profitable growth
  • WIN! How to succeed in the new game of business

Ashalia Maharajh – Women’s mental health and wellbeing (building a resilient mindset amidst the challenges faced)

Ashalia is a power package – mom of three girls, wife, social entrepreneur, life coach, speaker and facilitator, moving through life with energetic ease. She leads with a powerful combination of intuition and logic and is extremely passionate about living a purpose driven life, neuroscience and mindful living.

Ashalia uses her energetic nature and charismatic energy to inspire and capture an audience effortlessly.

She has the uncanny ability to tap into an individual’s drive for purpose and motivation through dynamic and engaging sessions!