Joné Pienaar

Management Accounting & Finance (MAF)

Management Accounting and Finance Subject Head

“I believe that all students are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can experience growth and have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. It is my desire to create an environment where students feel that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

My alma mater
  • University of the Free State (BCom Accounting and CTA)
  • Nelson Mandela University (MCom Accounting)
Personal and professional goals

Personal goals:

  • Cultivate a growth mindset
  • Embrace opportunities to learn new things
  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance

Professional goals:

  • Contribute toward curriculum building in Management Accounting and Finance.
  • Remaining relevant regarding developments in the critical thinking space and contribute to infusing critical thinking into curriculum design.
  • PhD in critical thinking research.
A relevant achievement or accomplishment – including professional and other qualifications

MCom Accounting (Cum Laude), 2019
(The relationship between critical thinking and academic performance in the CTA programme at Nelson Mandela University).

Overview of qualifications, skills and areas of expertise


  • BCom Accounting (Cum Laude), 2008
  • BCom Hons Accounting, 2009
  • CA(SA), 2012
  • MCom Accounting (Cum Laude), 2019


  • Confident communicator
  • Fast learner
  • Responsible

Areas of expertise:

  • Management Accounting and Finance
  • Critical Thinking
Why are you proud to be a part of the CA Connect team?

Everyone in the CA Connect team genuinely cares about students and wants to see them succeed at their goals and reach their full potential.

Which of the CAC Values appeal to you the most and why? (Real, Care, Learn)

Real: Authenticity and transparency are the cornerstones of healthy and trusting relationships in which you can thrive.

Explain if and why education has the power to change South Africa?

Education is not only about imparting technical content, but equipping students with valuable skills. If students transition to become responsible stewards of the skills and knowledge they acquired, education has fulfilled its goal and has the power to change the country.

What does the CA(SA) qualification represent to you?

Leadership, excellence and stewardship.

If you think of the word “successful,” who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

Any person who realizes that the true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit is successful in my eyes. They have realized that life is not about accumulating as much as you can for yourself, but also about having the capacity to leave a rich legacy behind.

If you could put up a saying on a banner that was displayed around the country, what would it say and why?

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurnam

I believe this quote challenges readers to not to look to others to make a positive difference but to look to yourself.

What does the future of education look like to you?

My hope for education is that it moves away from a “one-size fits all approach” to viewing the needs of individual students where it is possible to customize the student learning journey and design a tailored learning path for each student to be successful.

If you had to define the role of a “teacher”, what would it say?

A teacher is someone who has the responsibility to facilitate a students’ learning process, supporting them along the way and challenging them to believe in themselves and to reach their full potential.