Kim Le Roux
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 Kim Le Roux, Trainee Accountant at Mazars in Cape Town.
We are always interested in learning more about our trainees. Tell our readers more about yourself and the journey in your particular field.
I was born and raised in Pretoria and moved to Namibia with my family after finishing Matric in 2009. I came to Cape Town to start my studies in the field of Dietetics at the Tygerberg Medical Campus in 2011. However, after 2.5 years I decided to change paths and study Accounting instead and have never looked back. I am currently in my second year of articles and am working towards writing the APC exam in December this year.
My home language is German, and I am passionate about horse riding. Nothing brings me more peace and tranquillity than spending time with my horse Shadowfax.
What attracted you to Mazars? What stood out about the firm?
I came to hear of Mazars during my CTA year where two of my lecturers were from Mazars and spoke with such enthusiasm and passion about their field and the way they represented the Mazars culture, I knew that is a firm I would like to work for. It was truly inspiring upon which I looked up Mazars and applied for my articleship. From the moment I set foot in the building for my interview, I felt welcome and that Mazars was the firm for me.
From your perspective, what makes a great leader?
A great leader is someone who measures their success based on the successes of those below them, is willing to help and recognises good work ethic.
List some of your favourite “she-roes”:
My number one she-ro is and always will be my mom. As a single mother, she raised my sister and I, and always put us first and did everything in her power to grant us the opportunities and the lives we lead today. If I could be half the woman my mother is, I would be truly grateful.
From your experience within your career thus far, do you have any messages for future female graduates heading into the same field?
Know your worth and know when to say no. Be dedicated, and appreciate the challenges for the learning experiences they provide.
What is the best career advice you have ever received? This could be from a colleague, relative or a lecturer.
Be curious and ask questions! And of course, be comfortable with being uncomfortable! (Thank you CanGee)
Share some of your favourite highlights since starting at Mazars. This could be work-related or even everyday interactions with your office colleagues.
The biggest highlight of my journey with Mazars so far is forming bonds with people I will call friends for the rest of my life. Some other highlights include the exposure to diverse industries and the open-door policy within the firm.
Do you feel the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your view on the general work environment in any way?
Yes definitely. It highlighted the importance of communication in our field. In order to work effectively as a team, especially while working remotely, communication is of the essence.
It also highlighted that working remotely can be productive and efficient, as long as the correct support structures are in place.
How have you maintained focus and motivation in the face of changes brought by the pandemic? Highlight something important during your day-to-day, that helps you cope with certain challenges.
Sticking to a daily routine has been the most effective method in facing the challenges brought by the pandemic, but also allowing myself to close that laptop and walk away at the end of the day to do something good for me, whether it be walking the dog or exercise.
What do you think the future of audit, tax and advisory looks like in South Africa?
Looking forward, working remotely should become best practice when and where possible. In light of the current economic conditions and the uncertainty of what the future holds, it is important for our profession to be resilient and adaptable to change.