EY'S STEPHEN NTSOANE RECOGNISED AT SAPSA AWARDS 2020

Stephen Ntsoane, Assurance Leader at EY South Africa, has received special recognition for his contribution to the South African professional services industry. The Special Commendation in the Big 4 Professional of the Year category was granted by the SA Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting.

Professionals from various organisations were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 19 March 2020 to honour the best amongst them. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards were indefinitely postponed. The organisers of the event have subsequently undertaken to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the Awards following a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria.

Janette Minnaar, the chair of the adjudication panel explained how the winners were determined.

“Individuals were judged based on a host of attributes including demonstration of leadership skills, changing of paradigms and innovation within the bounds of available resources. We also conferred a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving recipients who had served their professions faithfully for many years,” said Minnaar.

The firm awards were based on the following criteria – business growth, customer service, technical excellence, contribution to the community, contribution to the profession, transformation record and commitment to ethics and professionalism. The criteria were not equally weighted, a strong showing in one category was sufficient to put the firm above the rest.

“Stephen is undoubtedly a great asset, both for the company he works for and the profession to which he belongs,” the judges remarked. “It is impressive that at a fairly young age he has been tasked with heading the Assurance division which is the heart-beat and DNA of the organisation. He takes mentorship seriously, believing in story telling as a means to mentor young professionals within and outside of EY. His story is one of perseverance, from humble beginnings in Soweto studying through multiple universities and obtaining experience through a couple of firms to becoming a chartered accountant and partner of one of the world’s most recogniseable audit brands.”

Watch Stephen Ntsoane’s acceptance speech below: