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The North West’s top learners shine

Last Updated Aug 2019

Johannesburg, Wednesday 14 August 2019 –200 of the North West province’s top-achieving Grade 11 learners took part in the province’s annual development camp run by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in partnership with the North West Education and Sports Development. At the end of the camp, the brightest maths and accounting learners in the province were honoured at an award ceremony.

Recently, the North West’s top 200 Gr 11 learners from disadvantaged communities knuckled down ahead to receive additional academic support in mathematics and accounting, as well as career guidance and life skills training at this year’s SAICA Development Camp in Potchefstroom.

On the last day of the camp, SAICA and the North West Education and Sports Development congratulated the following learners on achieving top marks in:

1st Prize: Olebogeng Baleseng (Tshidi Barolong Secondary School, Mahikeng)
2nd Prize: Sefako Thuto (Mmabatho High School, Mmabatho)
3rd Prize: Mokhuane Omphile (Tswelopele High School, Itsoseng)

1st Prize: Kwena Tumelo (Mmabatho High School, Mmabatho)
2nd Prize: Molebatsi Kgosi (Tiger Kloof Combined)
3rd Prize: Mpolokeng Kealeboga (Batswana Secondary School, Mafikeng)

Physical Science
1st Prize: Kubu Amogelang (Tswelopele High School, Itsoseng)
2nd Prize: Makgotlha Oaphela (Batswana Secondary School, Mafikeng)
3rd Prize: Kgwadibane Omphemetse (Kebonang Secondary Secondary, Mafikeng)       

Robert Zwane, SAICA’s Senior Executive for Transformation and Growth, explains the significance of the camps: ‘Every year, SAICA hosts provincial development camps to further learners’ social and career development and harness their potential to produce quality matric passes. These camps are part of SAICA's strategy to aid the global drive for transformation, employment and growth by supporting social and economic development as outlined in the NDP and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.’

But the benefits of the camps extend well beyond the immediate goal of improving academic performance.

Through the camp educators, wide range of speakers, and, more importantly, the SAICA camp leaders (former camp beneficiaries themselves), learners begin to step out of their comfort zones and are inspired and empowered to make crucial decisions about their lives and their career paths so that they can overcome the barriers to entry that restrict so many from completing matric with university exemption—especially in a subject like maths.”

“On behalf of SAICA, I thank all our partners who donated their time and money to supporting the learners who attended the Development Camp. Without them, programmes like this would not be possible,” adds Zwane.

Adds Lerato Kotane, SAICA’s Project Manager for the North West camp: ‘SAICA is very proud of all the learners who attended the camp and is thrilled to see how much learners’ marks improved over the week-long session. As an organisation, we look forward to seeing how what they have learnt at the camp has improved their grades as, year after year, our statistics reveal that many of our camp attendees go on to achieve a spot on the country’s top learner list at the end of their matric year.”

A video of the North West camp highlights can be viewed here.

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 46 000 members and associates who are chartered accountants [CAs(SA)], as well as associate general accountants (AGAs(SA)) and accounting technicians (ATs(SA)), who hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in every sphere of commerce and industry, and who 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 has grown 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.

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