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Ruanda Oberholzer

Ruanda Oberholzer

Adjunct Faculty

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  • DCom (Accounting Sciences and Taxation), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2007
  • MCom (Taxation), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1997
  • BCom (Hons) (Accounting Sciences), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1994
  • BCom (Accounting Sciences), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1993
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Finance Leadership Coaching

Academic Experience

  • Management Duties
    Acted as the Head of the Department of Taxation at the University of Pretoria. Led the department (consisting of 20 staff members) on all functions including human resource planning, supervision and mentorship.

  • Administrative Duties
    Led and participated in various committees within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences: Research Committee, Community Service Committee, Communication and Liaison Committee and the Ethics Committee.

  • Teaching and Curriculum Development
    • Designed, developed and presented syllabus from undergraduate through postgraduate level.
    • Invited as guest professor to teach on MBA program at the J Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
    • Led a consultative and collaborative process covering various topics (including the research component) for the MCom (Taxation) degree, with the aim of empowering students in order to complete their degree successfully.
    • Successfully guided and coached various master's degree candidates through their multi-year journey towards achievement.
    • Acted as external examiner for MCom (Taxation) students' dissertations from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
    • Acted as external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate exam papers of the University of South Africa.

  • Dealing with Complexity
    • Designed, developed, executed and analysed a highly complex technical benchmark survey on behalf of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. The report was focused on small and medium-sized audit practices and related to practice profitability and the route cause analysis of specific findings.
    • Nominated as part of a South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE)-committee, responsible for writing a report on the proposed funding by the G8 countries for the renewal of African universities.

  • Mentoring Students
    • Responsible to help monitor students' academic progress.
    • Provide guidance and assistance to students by recommending courses and determining appropriate education solutions.

  • Referee
    • Reviewer for three accredited national academic journals in Southern Africa: Meditari, SA Journal of Accounting Research (SAJAR) and the Southern African Business Review (SABR).
    • Reviewer for one accredited international academic journal: Issues in Accounting Education.

Corporate and Consulting Experience

  • Doug Lambert Executive Business Coach | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Finance Leadership facilitator and coach in association with Doug Lambert

    Developed and coached groups with a specific financial focus.
  • Continuing Education at the University of Pretoria | Pretoria, South Africa
    Consultant / Course Leader

    • Led various country-wide training initiatives and programs designed and developed to upskill the South African Revenue Services (SARS) officials.
    • Led the Certificate in Taxation course on behalf of a leading university and participated as subject matter expert and presenter in the Advanced Certificate in Taxation.
    • Led the design and development of an Employee's Tax from an HR-perspective course (an in-house course) for the Department of Education of a local government in South Africa.
    • Participated in the nationwide live broadcasting production of the Auditor General and South African Revenue Services' ACCA program.
    • Designed, developed and presented a Specialized Certificate for government officials of Eritrea.
  • Business Enterprises | Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dealing with Complexity, Coaching and Mentoring
    • Consultations in various tax and accounting-related issues to both listed and private companies (including CSIR, NOSA, ATE (Pty) Ltd, Kagiso Securities Ltd, Regarding Capital Management (Pty) Ltd, Oberdata (Pty) Ltd, Inbekon Consulting (Pty) Ltd and MST (Pty) Ltd).
    • Contracted by Altimax Training Academy (Pty) Ltd to present seminars at ABSA (one of the largest banks in South Africa), De Beers Ltd and Sappi Ltd.
  • Advanced Technologies and Engineering (Pty) Ltd | Johannesburg, South Africa
    Financial Manager
  • Management Duties, Communication and IT Skills
    • Supervise 10 employees who do financial reporting and budgeting.
    • Implemented a new ERP system, Navision (Dynamics NAV).
    • Prepare financial statements and forecasts.
    • Help management make financial decisions.
    • Created boardroom presentations.
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers | Southampton, United Kingdom
    Assistant Audit Manager
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers | Pretoria, South Africa
    Bursary Student / Temporary Worker

Research Interests

  • Taxation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Perceptions regarding the above-mentioned topics


  • OBERHOLZER, R. and DE SWARDT, R. (2003). Domestic workers – An employer's duties, Tax Planning, (17)(6), p147-149.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. and WILCOCKS, J.S. (2004). The effect of new tax legislation regarding foreign exchange transactions on taxpayers, SA Journal of Accounting Research, (18)(1), p135-170.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. (2004). The tax deductibility of donations, with specific reference to donations of property made in kind to public benefit organisations, Southern African Business Review, (8)(3), p68-75.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. (2005). A survey of the perceptions of previously disadvantaged South Africans on taxation, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (16)(2005), p249-275.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. (2005). Donations in kind – Inequitable consequences. Tax Planning, (19), p98-101.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. (2005). Donations in kind – A possible response. Tax Planning, (19), p124-126.
  • DE SWARDT RD, OBERHOLZER R (2006) Digitised products: How compliant is South African value-added tax? Meditari: Accountancy Research, 14, 1, pp 15-28.
  • OBERHOLZER R, NEL M (2006) The Road to an improved tax curriculum in South African schools. Education as Change, 10, 1, July, pp 105-120.
  • OBERHOLZER R, and BEER J (2006) A critical analysis of the concept of an independent contractor in South Africa. De Jure, 39, 3, p664.
  • OBERHOLZER R (2007) A Note: Study abroad programs: a potential key to successful accounting and management education in a global world. SA Journal of Accounting Research, (21)(1), p127-146.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. (2007) The hand that rocks the cradle – the African youth's perceptions on taxation. Accounting Business and the Public Interest, (6)1.
  • OBERHOLZER R, DE KOCK D and WALKER C (2008) Routes of persuasion utilized in the advertising appeals of the South African Revenue Services: an exploratory study among taxpayers in Gauteng, South Africa. SABR, Volume 12 Number 2, August 2008.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. (2008) Attitudes of South African Taxpayers towards Taxation: a pilot study. Accounting Business and the Public Interest, (7)1.
  • COETZEE, S., OBERHOLZER, R. (2009) The tax knowledge of South African trainee accountants: A survey of training officers' in public practice perceptions. Accounting Education, 18 (Issue 4-5), p421-441.
  • BELING B, COETZEE S and OBERHOLZER R (2009) Tax topics a trainee chartered accountant should be taught: A survey of perceptions in and outside of public practice. Meditari, 17(1), p15-31.
  • OBERHOLZER, R. and STACK, E.S. (2009) Perceptions of taxation: a comparative study if different individual taxpayers in South Africa. Journal of Public Administration, 44(3.1), p 737-755.
  • COETZEE, S., OBERHOLZER, R. (2009) South African Secondary School Teachers' Perception of the Accounting Professions. Accounting Education, 19(5), p457-472.
  • Various other publications in non-refereed journals and accounting magazines.

Conference Presentations

  • Various conference papers of which most led to publications.

Chapters in Books

  • Various chapters in South African prescribed textbooks for Taxation.
  • COETZEE, S. and OBERHOLZER, R. (2012). The tax knowledge of South African Trainee Accountants: A survey of the perceptions of training officers in public practice, in The Interface of Accounting Education and Professional Training (Chapter 7). Edited by E. Evans, R. Juchau and R.M.S. Wilson. Routledge: London. ISBN: 978-0-415-69925-9)

Editorial and Reviewer Activities

  • Reviewer for Meditari
  • Reviewer for SA Journal of Accounting Research (SAJAR)
  • Reviewer for Southern African Business Review (SABR)
  • Reviewer for Accounting Education

Awards & Recognition

  • Awarded the Thuthuka grant from the National Research Foundation for thesis in 2006 and 2007. This grant is awarded to emerging researchers of high standing.
  • Won Best Paper award at the Southern African Accounting Association (SAAA) Central region conference in September 2003. Implications of new legislation on foreign exchange transactions. Paper presented as co-author with JS Wilcocks of UNISA. (2003)
  • Won Best Lecturer award as voted by the House Commerce board (student body of chartered accountants) (2004)
  • Included in the Marquis “Who's Who in the World” publication (2008)


  • South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • Southern African Accounting Association – acted as secretary on the management board (2000-2015)
  • International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) (2005-2008)