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Top students honoured at SAICA awards ceremony

2010/11/23 05:31:08 PM

Top performing students for 2009 and 2010 were honoured at an awards ceremony hosted by the School of Accounting, in partnership with SAICA.

Top performing students for 2009 and 2010 were honoured at an awards ceremony hosted by the School of Accounting, in partnership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

The Chair of the Eastern Region of SAICA, Mr Mdu Zakwe, told students many challenges lay ahead of them, adding that there was a shortage of chartered accountants in South Africa. The country needed skilled people, thus it wass important for universities to stay relevant, offering courses which challenge students.

Mr Zakwe noted that many UKZN graduates were working in Johannesburg making a difference in the country’s economy. He shared his experiences of studying at the University and how he always made sure he stayed ahead and worked hard.

Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, Professor Lesley Stainbank, cited a few stories to show that dedication, personal sacrifice, early mornings and late evenings contributed towards success.

Three students, Jacques van Ravesteyn, Saadiya Adam, and Akash Dowra were in the top 10 in the Public Practice Examinations set by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. First year students, Lashlen Ramasrai, Robert Pool, Meleron Ramsamy were also awarded prizes. The prize for the top student in first year went to Ugendran Odayar.

In second year the overall top student award was wonby Nadia Latiff and the other prize for second year went to Rosemary O’Neill.

The top achievers for third year were Dashen Naidoo, Nabilah Soobedaar, Laura Atkinson, Wesley Koen and Ruan Gertenbach. The overall achiever for third year was Heather Snyman.

In fourth year the overall achiever award went to Thiren Nair while other top achievers in third year were Kemnthri Naicker, Mohammed Gafoor, Jayda Warren, Daveshin Chetty and Yurisha Dhani.

Prizes were sponsored by SAICA and two firms, Grant Thornton and KPMG. The students, their parents and friends, staff members and representatives from the accounting profession enjoyed the celebration and the opportunity to network. The School of Accounting plans to make this an annual event.

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