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UKZN students shine in SAICA essay competition

2011/11/02 03:10:20 PM

Two second year BCom Accounting students are among the top 25 entrants in the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Student Leadership Summit essay competition.

Two second year BCom Accounting students are among the top 25 entrants in the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Student Leadership Summit essay competition.

Ms Anela Ngoma and Ms Farnaaz Shaikjee were chosen to attend a weekend-long summit in Johannesburg, where they had the opportunity to interact with South African Chartered Accountants and senior business leaders who have made their mark in the country.

The competition was aimed at emphasising the flexibility, potential and status of the South African chartered accountancy qualification, thereby inspiring students to persevere with their studies and to complete their official training requirement.

According to SAICA, the summit also creates a platform for students to network with one another and with business leaders.

The competition required the students to submit an essay in the form of a letter based on three topics. The first topic included writing a letter to the South African government stating whether the country should accept or reject the invitation to join the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) economic grouping.

The second topic required entrants to write a letter to their Grade Eight son or daughter unsure of what they wanted to do with their life and considering selecting maths literacy instead of mathematics. The third topic used as background a local financial magazine which had published an article on how South Africans (companies and individuals) were applying ‘LeadSA’ (an initiative to promote this country) to their own work and daily lives. The students were asked to write a letter to the editor setting out their own ideas for expanding the initiative.

Shaikjee cited several reasons for her disagreement with the decision by South Africa to join BRIC. One of her concerns was the growing number of Chinese companies operating in South Africa.

She was excited about being chosen as one of the top 25. ‘When I got the call, I pinched myself,’ she said, adding that the summit in Johannesburg surpassed her expectations providing her with ‘proper’ networking skills and the realisation that her scope was not limited.

Aspiring motivational speaker and author, Ngoma wrote on the same topic as Shaikjee but supported South Africa’s decision to join BRIC. Ngoma, who will soon publish her first book: Rise above your story: Reaching greater heights, has started a mentorship programme with her former high school.

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