MTN Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)] Bursary Programme for 2024/2025

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About MTN

MTN South Africa stands as a cornerstone of the country's telecommunications landscape, boasting a rich history intertwined with the nation's technological evolution. Established in 1994, just as South Africa was transitioning to democracy, MTN entered the scene as one of the first mobile network operators in the post-apartheid era. Initially, it faced stiff competition from Telkom, the state-owned telecommunications provider. However, MTN's innovative approach and commitment to expanding connectivity rapidly positioned it as a frontrunner in the market. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, MTN South Africa spearheaded the proliferation of mobile communication across the country, facilitating greater connectivity among citizens and businesses alike. Its network infrastructure development, coupled with strategic partnerships and acquisitions, propelled its growth trajectory.

By the mid-2000s, MTN had firmly established itself as a leader in South Africa's telecommunications sector, boasting millions of subscribers and a robust nationwide coverage footprint. Despite facing challenges such as regulatory changes and market saturation, MTN has continued to adapt and thrive, evolving its services to meet the evolving needs of consumers in a rapidly digitizing world. Today, MTN South Africa remains an integral part of the nation's telecommunications fabric, playing a vital role in connecting communities, driving economic growth, and shaping the digital landscape of South Africa.

The MTN Chartered Accountant Bursary Programme:

 As one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa, MTN recognizes the critical role of skilled financial experts in navigating the complexities of modern business. This esteemed program not only provides financial assistance to deserving candidates but also nurtures their growth through mentorship and practical experience. With a steadfast commitment to fostering excellence and diversity in the field of accounting, the MTN Chartered Accountant Bursary Programme represents a transformative pathway for individuals seeking to forge successful careers in finance.

Enroll in the accredited CA program endorsed by SAICA, designed to equip you with hands-on experience in financial management, decision-making, accounting, and reporting. Gain expertise in auditing, assurance, internal audit, risk management, and taxation. As a trainee, you'll tackle the daily intricacies of business operations, with rotations across various units offering a comprehensive understanding of business dynamics. In your third year, seize the opportunity for international placement within the MTN Group. Receive a structured rotation plan in your first year, and in the subsequent years, tailor your path to your interests. Options include financial accounting, planning, risk management, internal audit, company secretariat, corporate taxation, consumer marketing, pricing, or mergers and acquisitions.

To be eligible for the Bursary, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Hold a valid CTA or be actively working towards completing it: This means that applicants must either already possess a valid Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) or be currently enrolled in a program to obtain it. The CTA is a crucial qualification in the field of accounting and finance, indicating a certain level of expertise and knowledge.

2. Display a curious mindset and a willingness to explore unconventional ideas: Beyond academic qualifications, the bursary seeks individuals who are intellectually curious and open-minded. They should be interested in questioning conventional wisdom and exploring new, innovative approaches to problem-solving.

3. Sustain a consistently high level of academic achievement: The importance of maintaining strong academic performance throughout one's studies. Applicants should have a track record of excellence in their academic endeavours, demonstrating their ability to excel in challenging coursework.

4. Be either a South African citizen or have permanent residency status: This restricts eligibility to individuals who are legally recognized as South African citizens or who hold permanent residency status in the country. This ensures that the bursary is awarded to individuals who have a strong connection to and investment in the South African community.

5. Showcase ambition, enthusiasm, and determination: The bursary is not only looking for academic excellence but also for individuals who are driven and passionate about their chosen field. Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to succeed, coupled with the determination to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

6. Demonstrate innate self-assurance and a firm dedication to collaborative work: Highlights the importance of personal qualities such as confidence and teamwork skills. Successful applicants should have a natural sense of self-assurance, enabling them to take initiative and lead when necessary. Additionally, they should be committed to working collaboratively with others, recognizing the value of teamwork in achieving shared objectives.

Benefits of the Training Program:

1. Competitive compensation aligned with the market.

2. Ample study leave provided.

3. Coverage of expenses for APT and QE2 exams.

4. Skill enhancement through training.

5. Phone and canteen allowances offered.

6. Less congested commute - MTN offices situated away from bustling business districts.

7. Opportunity for career growth within a global, multinational organization, with local exposure at MTN Group's financial headquarters’ Programme Benefits

To initiate your application, kindly furnish the subsequent documents:

- A certified duplicate of your ID, permanent residence permit, or passport

- An updated curriculum vitae (CV)

- Certified duplicates of complete academic transcripts, encompassing Matriculation records

When sending your email, kindly incorporate the phrase "MTN Chartered Accountant Bursary Application – Your Full Name" in the subject line.

Please transmit all application documents either via email or fax to our CA Training Programme Manager, Catherine Modise, using the following contact details:


Fax: 011 912 5214

Telephone: 011 912 3183

Wedsite: MTN CA programme website

MTN Chartered Accountant Bursary Programme Closing Date:

31 May annually- No applications will be accepted after the closing date.

Contact the Programme Manager on the below numbers if you have any queries related to the programme:

Catherine Modise


Telephone: 011 912 3183

Fax: 011 912 3183

Selected applicants will be contacted for participation in the interview selection process. If you haven't heard from MTN by September 30th, please assume your application was not successful.

Through its unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and fostering academic excellence, MTN continues to pave the way for a future generation of skilled professionals. As beneficiaries embark on their educational journey, supported by this esteemed initiative, they carry not only the promise of personal growth but also the collective promise of a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow for themselves and their communities. Aspiring students who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for the MTN Chartered Accountant Bursary Programme 2024/2025 and embark on a journey towards academic excellence and career success.

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