The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) has announced the names of the pupils from grade 11 and 12 who took the top 3 positions in its 2018 National Accounting Olympiad. The winners were honoured at a prestigious award ceremony held on 11th October at the Wanderer’s Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. The students, their teachers and their schools were recognised and awarded prizes before an audience of peers and accounting veterans.
Zobuzwe Ngobese, Marketing and Business Development Executive at SAIPA says the competition has grown in popularity over the years, with more schools taking part than ever. “We’re very happy with the enthusiastic response we received from all over the country,” he says. “It will make a big difference to the future of accounting and the quality of the profession.”
This year, from grade 12, Ashraf Moosa of Scottburgh High School in Kwazulu-Natal took 1st place with 95%. In 2nd place was Razeen Parker of Rondebosch Boys High in Western Cape with 94%. 3rd place was a four-way tie between Deelan Vanmari of Westville Boys High School in KwaZulu-Natal, Ahmad Mohamed of Orient Islamic School in KwaZulu-Natal, Nikiwe Dube of Edenglen High School in Gauteng, and Evashen Pillay of Stanger Manor Secondary in Kwazulu-Natal, who all achieved 92%
The grade 11 category saw a three-way tie for 1st place between Mohammed Mowzer of Fairbairn College in Western Cape, Kristine Becker of Richards Bay Christian School in Kwazulu-Natal and Timothy Murphy of Rondebosch Boys High in Western Cape, all scoring 91%. Trishane Naidoo of Avonford Secondary School in Kwazulu-Natal took 2nd place with 90%. And there was yet another three-way tie for 3rd place between Justin Knopfmacher of King David High School in Gauteng, Juan de Kock of Rondebosch Boys High in Western Cape, and Jada Freeman of Stirling High in Eastern Cape, with 89%.
Rondebosch Boys High must be commended for placing one pupil from grade 12 and two from grade 11 among the top performers. But the standout of the competition must be Kwazulu-Natal with no less than 6 pupils taking spots out of the total 13. “I don’t know what their secret is,” says Ngobese, “but with almost half the winners, they’ll be the province to watch in next year’s Olympiad.”
The National Accounting Olympiad is just one of SAIPA’s initiatives meant to drive the growth of the profession. “South Africa needs accountants,” says Ngobese. “The number of schoolgoers choosing the required subjects this year will determine the size of the accounting workforce in five to six years from now.” SAIPA, therefore, has several active programmes aimed at ensuring the nation’s future needs are being addressed today.
Accounting is one of the top professions in the world, offering excellent prospects, job security and personal fulfillment to millions of people in South Africa and worldwide. Ngobese encourages school students with an aptitude for mathematics and accounting to choose this exciting career and work hard towards becoming a Professional Accountant (SA). “They will never regret it,” he assures.