Accounting Olympiad winners announced

August 4, 2015 2:07 pm6 comments

saicaJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News)- A Mpumalanga student has been announced the National South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Sage Pastel Accounting Olympiad winner.

Sumaiya Jeewa from the Middelburg Muslim School in Mpumalanga, scored an impressive 95 percent.

Thembelihle Mzila from Ladysmith High School (KwaZulu-Natal) was second with 94 percent and the third place was a tie between Joshua Gonggryp from Westville Boys’ High (KZN) and Naushaad Maharaj from Rondebosch Boys’ High School (Western Cape), who both scored 93 percent.

KZN has emerged as the top-performing province with 51,54 percent.

Butterworth High School in the Eastern Cape was the best-performing school in the country with 78,33 percent.

This year’s results are notable for being among the best since the inception of the national competition.

Gugu Makhanya, SAICA’s Project Director for Transformation, Growth and Professional Development, welcomed the results, saying they reflected the quality of the entrants and the fact that the competition is attracting the very best accounting learners in
South Africa.

Daryl Blundell, General Manager for Sage Pastel Accounting, said the Olympiad was one of the comoany’s most important annual initiatives because of the role it played in identifying and building young accounting talent.

The Accounting Olympiad, which began in 2007 in Bloemfontein as a regional competition driven by Sage Pastel Accounting, has been a national competition since 2010.

Focused on recognising youthful accounting talent, and nurturing an interest in accounting as a profession amongst young South Africans, the Olympiad attracts the country’s top accountancy minds from schools nationwide.

This year’s Olympiad attracted 4 170 grade 11 and 12 learners from 322 schools from around the country.

– CAJ News

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