Calling all future business leaders

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The countdown to the closing date for registrations for the South African leg
of the Global Business Challenge, which is designed to identify the business
leaders of tomorrow, has started. Registrations for this international business
competition, which is run by CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants, in partnership with Barclays, for university students closes on 1
April.

This is the fifth year that South African students have been able to
participate in this global challenge, with previous winning teams coming from
University of Johannesburg, The University of the Witwatersrand and North West
University.

Students of business or accounting in universities and colleges across the
country who wish to have the opportunity to gain global exposure and learn
valuable skills for the future, are encouraged to register their teams of four
online.

The South African final takes place on 20 May and the winning South African
team will fly to Mumbai, India in August to compete at the global final with 24
other countries and regions.

CIMA offers an international qualification in management accountancy and is the
world?s leading and largest professional body for management accountants.

Says Samantha Louis, CIMA Africa Regional Director: "The competition is
open to full time undergraduates of public and private colleges and universities.
It is designed to bring out the best in potential young business leaders and
provides students with a great opportunity to test the depth of their financial
knowledge and expand upon their competitive ability. In addition, for many of
our finalists in the South African final, it has meant a huge step up in starting
their career after university. Previous finalists have gone on to work at Barclays,
ABSA, Unilever, and CNBC Africa amongst other great opportunities, as a direct
result of being spotted by talent recruiters.'

The competition ensures that participants experience what it is like to be a
business leader. The first round requires teams to respond to a case study and
scenario before four teams are shortlisted for the national final. These finalists
present their business case to a live audience and get the opportunity to meet
some of the top global employers and leading pioneers in the world of business.

Full-time undergraduate students with a passion for business and finance
are invited to register for the 2014 challenge by registering at before 1 April
2014.
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