Anisha Datharam

The month of August is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating all women. We pay special tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in August 1956.
In acknowledgement, we interviewed a few of our Mazarian trainees across the country. They spoke to us about their inspirations, how they got into the field and much more.
Meet Anisha Datharam, Trainee Accountant from our Durban office.

We are always interested in learning more about our trainees. Tell our readers more about yourself and the journey in your particular field. 

My journey began back in 2010 when the reality of a career choice struck. I remember learning about the CA route at our career day at school which intrigued me as the designation was held with high respect and entailed me taking my passion for accounting to the next level. In 2014 I graduated from UKZN with my degree in BCom Accounting, and in 2017, passed my CTA level 2 at UNISA. I began serving my articles with Mazars in 2018, and since have passed my ITC and APC exam. 10 years later and this was the best decision I have made. The journey has been rewarding, with no doubt having experienced my fair share of bumps in the road. 

What attracted you to Mazars? What stood out about the firm? 

In determining the correct fit for me, it was important to choose a firm that supported my academics and also provided me with the opportunity to grow and build my skill set. My interview with Mazars was an introduction to the firm, at which I learned about the programmes in place to aid their trainees from Undergrad all the way to ensuring the development of their professional competence in preparing for the APC. Further was the experience available, which included auditing different types of entities in different industries and the international career opportunities that were available.   

From your perspective, what makes a great leader? 

It would be someone that has an open line of communication and it willing to listen and assist. It would also be someone who fosters a culture of responsibility and inspires and helps people reach their goals.  

List some of your favourite “she-roes”. 

My she-roe is my Mom! She has been the driving force behind my success and a great role model for me growing up. She has supported me through the difficulties in my career path and has always motivated. She has taught me the importance of education, as knowledge is the key to success.  

From your experience within your career thus far, do you have any messages for future female graduates heading into the same field? 

The career path to becoming a Chartered Account is challenging but very promising, as it is recognised internationally which offers mobility. The journey is a lengthy one that requires dedication, devotion and discipline. At times the environment can be stressful, and therefore it’s important to obtain a good work-life balance.  

What is the best career advice you have ever received? This could be from a colleague, relative or a lecturer.  

“It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop” – the reason I say this is that because every so often the journey is filled with many trials and tribulations, but every step forward, no matter how small Is a step closer than you were the day before.  

Share some of your favourite highlights since starting at Mazars. This could be work-related or even everyday interactions with your office colleagues.  

In my career, the highlight would be passing APC. At work, I would have to say the happy hours Fridays where we could wind down and have some fun.  

Do you feel the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your view on the general work environment in any way? 

Yes, it has. In the day to day norms of work, we have been set in our way of going about and socialising with each other, but now we have to be so aware and cautious of every move we make.  

How have you maintained focus and motivation in the face of changes brought by the pandemic? Highlight something important during your day-to-day, which helps you cope with certain challenges. 

I have developed a routine for myself whilst working from home which helps with keeping my mind focused. In light of the COVID-19 and its effects on the economy, many jobs have been lost, which has had a detrimental impact on people’s livelihoods. I am lucky enough to have to be working for a company who has gone above and beyond to ensure financially we are impacted minimally, and that keeps me grateful and motivated to do my best! 

What do you think the future of audit, tax and advisory looks like in South Africa?  

In light of COVID-19 and the impact on the economy audit, tax and advisory services would be much needed. As entities would require advisory services on the financial management and restructuring of the businesses, tax advice on the new rules and the relaxation of these rules thereof, and the need to for audits to obtain assurance on the performance and profitability of the entity.