This is an extract of the core of the draft Contract Letter: 

 Academic Traineeship Programme 2024

You will be employed as a temporary full-time Teaching Assistant on a fixed term appointment from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024. Your cost of employment offered for the year will be at least R233,200 per annum. In recognition of passing the Initial Test of Competence you will be granted a once off award of R1,600. The remuneration package does not include any other benefits. You are entitled to 15 working days leave (please see the Academic Trainee leave policy) for which an official leave form must be completed and signed by your section head and  Associate Professor Ilse Lubbe. 

Initial Test of Competence 

You are responsible for ensuring that you are registered for the Initial Test of Competence, for the first sitting (i.e., January 2024). Reimbursement for Board Course expenses should be negotiated with your firm in accordance with their policy. You will officially be granted study leave from Monday 1 January to Thursday 25 January 2024 inclusive.

Your duties while serving in the College of Accounting will include the following:


Your section head is responsible for the allocation, supervision and monitoring of these activities which may be delegated to a course convenor. 

  • Approximately 200 contact periods, mainly tutorials but with at least one week of lecturing.
  • Duties assigned in the Hotseat on a rotation basis.
  • Setting and marking of projects, tutorials, tests and examinations.
  • Attending staff and tutors meetings as required.
  • Test and exam invigilation
  • All general responsibilities assigned to academic staff members in the College of Accounting. 

Tutor and Academic Trainee Training

You will be required to attend the Tutor Training session in early February and Academic Trainee Training (31 January to 1 February).


  • Participation in appropriate research methodology seminars. 
  • Preparation of work for the research component of your contract.
  • At least one research presentation at academic forum. 
  • Attendance at academic fora. 

To fulfil the research component of your contract you must have registered for and commenced with or completed one of the following during the first year of your Training contract: 

  • An Honours research course (e.g. ACC4050W)
  • An Honours degree; or
  • A Masters degree in a Commerce related discipline; or
  • A relevant higher diploma (a research component must be included) or
  • Two modules of the PG Diploma/Masters in Education Higher Education Studies Specialisation 
  • Research with the final aim of publishing one article in a refereed journal.

The College has a responsibility to provide adequate supervision but this responsibility lapses if the research proposal or equivalent has not been accepted by the end of your training contract with us.  

It is in both our interests that you make substantial progress with your research during the year you spend with us and therefore work not within this contract, may not be undertaken without the approval of the Head of College. 

This offer is subject to your successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting during 2023, and approval by your firm and SAICA. Please ensure that your offer of academic traineeship has been discussed with your firm. Please complete section 1 of the official SAICA application form, attach the academic curriculum vitae as requested and ensure completion of section 2 by your firms training officer. It should be returned to to for further processing, together with a signed copy of this letter. 

I would appreciate all completed documentation by Monday 16 October 2023. 

I would like you to report to the College on Friday 26 January 2024 at 10h00 am.

Associate Professor Ilse Lubbe
Head of College