Gareth Olivier

Gareth Olivier

Gareth is the PGDA programme head and also lectures Financial Reporting.

Gareth completed his articles at PwC in 2009 where he was involved in the National Technical and Teaching & Learning departments.

In 2014, Gareth was named as runner up in SAICA’s Top 35 Under 35 Chartered Accountants in South Africa.

Outside of the PGDA, Gareth is involved in lecturing and external examination at a number of universities including the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University. He is also a regular member of SAICA’s academic review team and is a question setter for SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence (ITC).

Gareth remains involved in technical accounting in practice as a member of the Financial Reporting Technical Committee (a sub-committee of the Financial Standards Reporting Council). Gareth is also part of SAICA’s Members in Business committee and is a reviewer for the Accounting perspectives journal that is published by UCT’s College of Accounting.

In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, Gareth holds a Masters in Tax (with Distinction), Honours degrees in Finance and Financial Accounting and a Post Graduate Diploma in Income Tax Law.

Gareth loves working with students and, above everything else, is a teacher.

Tracy Kraus

Tracy is the head of Financial Reporting at CA Connect. In addition to being a qualified Chartered Accountant, she holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Income Tax Law from the University of Cape Town and passed the Public Practice Exam (PPE) with honours in 2009.

Tracy lectured and tutored Financial Accounting, as well as tutored Management Accounting, at the University of Cape Town during her studies and academic traineeship there. She then completed her traineeship at KPMG Inc and was involved in corporate training and development there, after which she immediately joined the CA Connect team. Tracy also has experience as an external examiner for the University of Cape Town’s College of Accounting and Graduate School of Business, as well as the University of the North West’s School of Accounting Sciences. Additionally, she has been involved in setting and marking SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence (ITC) several times in recent years.

Tracy is excited about the positive ripple effect in families and communities that will result as more young South Africans from diverse backgrounds qualify as Chartered Accountants.

Tracy Kraus
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Ateeyah Mohamed

Ateeyah is a lecturer in Financial Reporting at CA Connect. After completing her articles at PWC in 2009, she stayed on for a year as an Assistant Manager. She then joined Sappi as a Credit Analyst, where she worked in a broad range of management roles for over 5 years before joining CA Connect.

Ateeyah believes education is the most powerful tool we have to economic empowerment for people from all backgrounds and with the global mobility that the CA(SA) qualification offers, the world really is your oyster as a Chartered Accountant. She is excited by this possibility and is especially passionate about assisting after hours students in achieving this dream.

Andrew Horsfall

Andrew is the head of Management Accounting and Finance at CA Connect. He believes strongly in the principle that striving to continually understand why you do what you do is 90% of the battle in succeeding. He is excited to empower students with this foundation and has a vision to change the nature of education in South Africa.

Other than at CA Connect, Andrew has teaching experience at the University of Cape Town and has been involved with financial engineering at KPMG Inc. In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, Andrew holds an Honours degree in Finance and a Masters degree in Financial Management from the University of Cape Town.

Andrew Horsfall
Riaan Berger

Riaan Berger

Riaan is a lecturer in Management Accounting and Finance at CA Connect. Riaan has a passion for teaching and enjoys working with people to help them learn. He began his career studying psychology, working for the National Health Service in the London. After deciding to study accounting he completed the accounting conversion course and PGDA at UCT.

Riaan completed his articles in the Deloitte Financial Institutions Services Team in Johannesburg and spent his final year on secondment as an equity analyst at Deutsche Bank. Thereafter he joined a private family office as an equity analyst and investment manager. He is also involved in his family’s farming and agri-food businesses in Limpopo and Stellenbosch. Riaan firmly believes encouraging students to understand the principles behind what they are studying and strives to connect the theory with real world practice.

Isabel van der Westhuizen

Isabel lectures Management Accounting and Finance at CA Connect. Isabel did a year of academic traineeship in the Department of Financial Management at the University of Pretoria and completed the remainder of her articles at Grant Thornton in 2010.

Post-articles, Isabel did short term contract work for a pharmaceutical company, where after she relocated to Bermuda, where she joined Deloitte’s Alternative Investments team. In 2014, Isabel moved to Acumen Services Ltd as a Senior Consultant where she furthered her career in the banking and financial service sector. Throughout her career, she has been involved in corporate and soft skills training.

Isabel is not afraid of risk and to embrace change. In 2016, she chose to realise a lifelong dream and travelled for 6 months. Isabel believes the future of South Africa lies in a solid education – it is her passion to groom young individuals as well-rounded, dynamic leaders and professionals.

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Raun Billett

Raun Billett

Raun is the head of Taxation at CA Connect. He has extensive teaching experience at the tertiary level and believes strongly in the importance of empowering young South Africans through education. Raun has also been involved in lecturing and tutoring at the University of Cape Town for a number of years. In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, he holds Honours degrees in Finance and Financial Management from the University of Cape Town.

Elna Malan

Elna has been a lecturer in Tax at CA Connect since completing her articles at PwC in 2014. She has also been involved in marking for SAICA’s ITC examinations. She has a great passion for teaching, loves adding value to her colleagues and students’ lives on a daily basis and likes to keep her mind open to opportunities. She believes in becoming a CA (SA) you need to be equipped with a positive mind, self-discipline and the right attitude.

Elna is excited for the journey ahead and to play a significant role in her students achieving their successes.

Elna Malan
Leon Gazet du Chattelier

Leon Gazet du Chattelier

Leon is the head of Corporate Governance and Auditing at CA Connect. He has a passion for shaping students to become well rounded, self-assured professionals who can make a difference in South Africa and remain relevant in a fast changing world. Leon worked at Deloitte while qualifying as Chartered Accountant and has aspirations to change the perception of auditing by teaching it in a relevant and practical way that keeps students engaged in the learning process.

Leon is also involved in running the CA Squared programme at CA Connect, which is focused on developing more than just technical skills in students. The programme develops an awareness of things such as mental optimisation and the impact of lifestyle and nutrition on body and mind. Leon is also studying to qualify as a life coach and hopes to use these skills to help students to become the best version of themselves.

Louise Maritz

Louise lectures Corporate Governance and Auditing at CA Connect. She has a passion for teaching and empowering students studying towards becoming Chartered Accountants as it remains one of the top professions in the country.

Louise completed her training contract through PwC in 2010, where she gained extensive experience in auditing various industries. After a few years in a corporate environment, she moved into education, as teaching is her true passion and she enjoys presenting auditing in an interesting and practical manner.

Louise has also been involved in marking SAICA’s ITC exam. She is excited to motivate and guide students to perform to the best of their abilities.

Louise Maritz
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