The need to excel, to be the best, to strive to reach higher, has always been an intrinsic part of my character. It is my nature, what has defined me my entire life and the basic force that pushes me to ever achieve more.
Even as far back as primary school, when I attended Houghton Primary School, I was the 'Top Student in Standard 5'.
And, of course, when I went to Northview High School, I was once again reaching to be top of the class, achieving the coveted 'Top Matric Student' at our Matric Valediction. I also won a host of other Academic Awards.
It was there that I also began to realise my love of 'the legal argument' taking on the position as being the Head of both Debating and Public Speaking Teams.
This need, this drive to push and never give in, continued throughout my college years.
In 1992, I started studying my B Com (Bachelor of Commerce) at UNISA (University of South Africa).
My majors were Industrial Psychology and Business Management and throughout all 3 years of my degree, I consistently achieved a First in every subject in the degree.
In my final year, I achieved my B Com cum laude (with distinction).
I wasn't content with merely studying my majors during the degree and in addition, I studied several Accounting subjects.
This strong foundation of business subjects has always been an asset to me in my legal career.
It has enabled me to understand financial statements and books of account to such a degree that I am more able to assist with forensic investigations than many forensic auditors.
There is nothing that can get by me in a financial statement and this has greatly strengthened my ability to run trials and litigations involving complicated financial transactions, and to prepare cross-examination for trials and liquidation enquiries.