In Loving Memory ofPhillip Zamokwakhe "Zamo" Mkhwanazi
South African Institute of Professional Accountants
21 November 2019
We at SAIPA are saddened by the news that our dear friend and colleague, Phillip Zamokwakhe “Zamo” Mkhwanazi, has passed away. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and family and wish them well during this difficult period.
Zamo was a proud Professional Accountant (SA) who came up through SAIPA’s ranks. He ran a successful business, Inkombandlela Accountants, and accredited verification agencies through his Inkomba Verification Agency, which is one of the few 100% black owned B-BBEE SANAS. He also served as Committee Member for SAIPA’s eThekwini District Association since August 2009.
Zamo was particularly passionate about the advancement of young black Professional Accountants, advocated their becoming entrepreneurs, and even availed himself to assist them throughout the process. In addition, Zamo performed his role as a facilitator and, in the last year, chief facilitator in the SAIPA Project Achiever programme with the utmost dedication and excellence. He was instrumental in the growth of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Project Achiever class and was dearly loved by all his learners. He worked long hours inspiring and motivating students and was involved in the assessment of trainees.
Zamo was one of the founding members of the Association for B-BBEE Professionals (ABP) and served on various structures within the organisation. There, he introduced several projects that saw the organisation gain respect and recognition in the B-BBEE space. He was also on the Committee of ABASA in KZN and served as Chair of the Students Committee at SAIPA, subsequently arranging for tertiary students to become involved in the former’s tutorship programme.
Those who worked directly with him remember Zamo’s professionalism, passion and selfless service to others. He was incredibly humble and, although he had a full schedule, was always prepared to assist where possible. In particular, his colleagues fondly recall his warm smile that put those around him at ease.
Zamo’s passing is a huge and sad loss to SAIPA, especially in our Eastern region. While he will be sorely missed, we are grateful for his many contributions and sincere altruism towards others in all that he did. May he rest in peace.