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Gr 11 and 12 learners shine in National Accounting Olympiad

Last Updated Jan 2018

Johannesburg, Monday 13 November 2017 – Achieving an incredible 97%, Zakkiyya Hoosen from Verulam Secondary School (KZN) has been declared the national winner of the 2017 Accounting Olympiad presented by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Sage One. Closely followed by first and second runners up from Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, it is clear that the future of the country’s chartered accountancy profession is in bright, talented young hands.

Recently South Africa’s top grade 11 and 12 learners took part in SAICA’s annual Accounting Olympiad. Now that the marking and adjudicating process of over 4 400 papers from around the country has been completed, the national and provincial winners can be revealed.

There was no doubt that Hoosen was the top learner after she came out on tops of more than 4 400 pupils from around the country with a score of 97% for the Olympiad. For her achievement, Hoosen was awarded a Canon printer and scanner, Lenovo laptop, Vodafone smart tab and R2 000 in cash.

Says Gugu Makhanya, SAICA's Senior Executive, Nation Building: ‘We are delighted by the high quality of the entries and the superb results the learners achieved in this year’s Olympiad. Zakkiyya’s almost perfect score is phenomenal, but we were equally impressed by how competitive the other top learners’ were this year – with the Olympiad runners-up Erica van Rooyen and Ravele Ramudzili each scoring 95% and the third-placed participants Mohammed Saleem Mansoor, Zoe Bantom and Sinalo Ntliziywana achieving 94%.’

To celebrate both the national and provincial winners, SAICA is currently visiting schools for prize-giving handovers. The top provincial learners (as per the winner’s list below) each receives a cash prize of R2 000 and the provincial school winners each receives a trophy. The winning schools’ accounting educators also receive a R2 000 cash prize each. 

Makhanya adds: ‘Our goal with the Accounting Olympiad is to support the transformation and growth of the chartered accounting profession in South Africa by sparking interest in accountancy as a subject at school level. The Olympiad draws the link between accounting at school and a possible career in an accounting or business field. This is in line with SAICA’s strategy to grow the number of chartered accountants, as well as to transform the profession. In addition to celebrating our national and provincial winners, we commend all the learners who took part this year and their teachers for their hard work in preparing for the Olympiad. It shows that we have a great pipeline of accounting talent for the future.’

The national top achievers are as follows:

First place:            Zakkiyya Hoosen from Verulam Secondary School in Verulam, KZN

Second place:        Erica van Rooyen from Collegiate Girls High School in Port
Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (95%)

Ravele Ramudzuli from Tshivhase Secondary School in Thohoyandou, Limpopo (95%)

Third place:           Mohammed Saleem Mansoor from Orient Islamic School in Berea,
KZN (94%)

Zoe Bantom from Collegiate Girls High School in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (94%)

Sinalo Ntliziywana from Queenstown Girls in Queenstown, Eastern Cape (94%)

The provincial winners are as follows:

Winning school: Collegiate Girls High School, Port Elizabeth
Top learners:

  • Erica Van Rooyen from Collegiate Girls High School (95%)
  • Zoe Bantom from Collegiate Girls High School and Sinalo Ntliziywana from Queenstown Girls (94%)
  • Samantha Woods from Collegiate Girls High School (89%)

Winning school: Eunice High School, Bloemfontein
Top learners:

  • Stehánn Van Jaarsveld from          St Andrew’s School, Bloenfontein (93%)
  • Sebeko from Thuto Kgolathuto Secondary School, Phuthaditjhaba (89%)
  • Franco Marais from Grey College, Bloemfontein (88%)

Winning school: King Edward VII School, Johannesburg
Top learners:

  • Bowie Lai from King Edward VII School (93%)
  • Corbyn Buziek and Tiago Jardim from King Edward VII School (92%)
  • Sigaugae Bongani from St Matthews Private Secondary School, Soweto (90%)

Winning school: Dendron Secondary School, Dendron
Top learners:

  • Ravele Ramudzuli from Tshivhase Secondary School, Thohoyandou (95%)
  • Gavaza Mahamu from Khanyisa Education Centre, Giyani (92%)
  • Masiwalo Kutama from Sinthumule Secondary School, Louis Trichardt (91%)

Winning school: Westville Girls High, Durban
Top learners:

  • Zakkiyya Hoosen from Verulam Secondary school, Verulam (97%)
  • Mohammed Saleem Mansoor from Orient Islamic School, Berear (94%)
  • Hawa Chenia from Orient Islamic school (93%)

Winning school: Middleburg Muslim, Middelburg                 
Top learners:

  • Mansoor Khadija from Middleburg Muslim School (92%)
  • Tayyeba Shaik from Hoërskool Kanankop, Middelburg (85%)
  • Dube Nkateko from Lowveld High, Nelspruit (84%)

Winning school: Kimberley Girls' High, Kimberley
Top learners:

  • Jana Breedt from Carlton-Van Heerden Sekondere Skool, Upington (89%)
  • Felicia Appie from Kimberley Girls' High, Kimberley (84%)
  • Petra Laubcher from Hoërskool Duineveld, Upington (81%)

Winning school: Al Huda Muslim School, Klerksdorp
Top learners:

  • Lene De Kock from Potchefstroom Gimnasium (88%)
  • Kaduji Farhan Noormohmed from Al Huda Muslim School (86%)
  • Abdul Sattar Halima from Al Huda Muslim School (81%)

Winning school: Fairbairn College, Cape Town
Top learners:

  • Warren Huang from Fairbairn College (93%)     
  • Philip Visage from Hugenote High School, Wellington (91%)
  • Mathew Johnson from Rondebosch Boys' High School, Cape Town (90%)

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About SAICA:
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), South Africa’s pre-eminent accountancy body, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes. The Institute provides a wide range of support services to more than 40 000 members who are chartered accountants [CAs(SA)] and hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in their spheres of business operation. Most of these members operate in commerce and industry, and play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.

About the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and Education Upliftment Project:
One of SAICA’s prime goals is to contribute towards strengthening the country’s economy by playing a significant and leading role in transformation and skills development. The Thuthuka Education Upliftment Project, a pioneering initiative to promote transformation in the profession, was launched in the Eastern Cape in 2002 and is fast growing into a national project.

Thuthuka’s objective is to transform the demographics of the profession to reflect those of the country in terms of race and gender, and provide educational support to African learners and students for the benefit of the profession, while simultaneously helping to uplift communities. Therefore, SAICA prides itself in leading the chartered accountancy profession as a socially responsible driver of business and skills development by supporting and encouraging enterprise development initiatives.

SAICA Media Contact
Ms Karin Iten/
Project Manager: Marketing and Communications
SAICA Nation Building Division
Tel: ‪011 621 6913

Ms Nwabisa Tsengiwe
Senior Executive: Marketing, Communication and PR
SAICA Nation Building Division
Tel: ‪011 621 6878