give back when you have got it

Maryanne Maina

Maryanne Maina

We often focus on our careers and forget to give back to society.

It is essential to succeed at our profession, but it is also important to have initiatives that grow our society and sustain it in various ways.

Futhi Mtoba has shown this in an exemplary way.

She was appointed chairman of Deloitte Southern Africa three years ago and was reappointed last month, for the same position.

Her role is to ensure that the board is effective, both internally and externally. Her countries of scope include Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique.

Mtoba is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants (Abasa) and the Money Laundering Advisory Council among other organisations.

Her professional career started in Mthatha at WL Nkhulu & Co in association with Hoek & Wiehelm. She joined Deloitte & Touche in 1988 and is a partner in the Financial Institutions Services Team.

Mtoba was the first black woman to be appointed as a partner by one of the big five accounting firms in South Africa. She is the first black woman to be appointed to the board and the first black woman to be appointed chairman of one of the big four accounting firms.

Another achievement for her is being the first woman national president of the Abasa.

"There are a few rough paths in the job. It's my work to worry about the firm's reputation, the economic climate and globalisation, which has put a lot of pressure on talent acquisition. The current economic climate has been an opportunity for us since this is when clients need us the most."

With her achievements and wide work experience, Mtoba asserts the importance of sustainability of the environment.

"In South Africa, we must play a role in sharing skills to ensure a sustainable environment," she says.

"More business here and in the rest of the continent are recognising sustainability and its long term effects, making them operate differently and apply the required measure.

"Stakeholders also want to be involved with companies whose reputations are credible too. Even MBA programmes are now focusing largely on this aspect."

Despite her busy schedule, she is also involved in projects such as TEACH which helps black children by addressing the teacher shortage and quality of teaching.

"Mentorship is essential. At Abasa and at TEACH we have stated that mentorship is crucial for our success."

Mtoba is also a member of the board of the African Leadership Academy.