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Gauteng’s brightest maths and science learners celebrated ahead of prelims

Last Updated Aug 2019

Johannesburg, Monday 12 August 2019 – 600 of Gauteng’s top-achieving Grade 12 learners took part in the province’s two annual development camp run by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. At the end of both camps, the brightest maths and accounting learners in the province were honoured at an award ceremony.

Gauteng’s top 600 learners from disadvantaged communities knuckled down ahead of this year’s matric prelims to receive additional academic support in mathematics, science and accounting, as well as career guidance and life skills training at this year’s Gauteng SAICA Development Camp.

On the last day of the camp, SAICA and the Gauteng Department of Education congratulated the following learners on achieving top marks in:

1st prize: Salary Inguane (Kgothalang Secondary School,Westonaria) and Sinazo Femele (Nelmapius Secondary School, Nelmapius)
2nd prize: Kamogelo Theledi (Nelmapius Secondary School, Nelmapius) and Rutendo Mutemeri (St Barnabas College, Randburg)
3rd prize: Jason Phasha (Katlehong Secondary School, Germiston) and Bontle Matseba (Lethukuthula Secondary)

Physical Science
1st prize: Peter Sithole (Ab Phokompe Secondary School, Randfontein) and Rebecca Sithole   (Diepsloot Secondary School, Randburg)
2nd prize: Solomon Moyo (Thuto Ke Matla Comprehensive School, Tembisa) and Bokgoloane Pitso (Tiisetsong Secondary School, Tokoza)
3rd prize: Vongani Hobyani (Vuwani Secondary School, Soweto) and Lutendo Mutemeri (St Barnabas College, Randburg)

Technical Mathematics
1st prize: Mulalo Mararahanye (Soshanguve Secondary School, Soshanguve) and
Fina Maholane (Mamellong Secondary School, Brakpan)
2nd prize: Abahle Ngcamphalala (Musi High School, Pimville)
3rd prize: Matome Mapaya (Masisebenze High School, Kempton Park)

Technical Science
1st prize: Gcina Dlamini (Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School, Sebokeng) and Abahle Ngcamphalala (Musi High School, Pimville)
2nd prize: Karen Manyanga (Edward Phatudi Comprehensive School, Pretoria) and Nobuhle Mazibuko (Masisebenze High School, Kempton Park)
3rd prize: Mkhululi Nxaxhebo (Wedela Technical High School, Carletonville) and Matome Mapaya (Masisebenze High School, Kempton Park)

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 matrics who attended the Gauteng Development Camp. Without them, programmes like this would not be possible,” adds Zwane.

Adds Ethel Nhlapo, SAICA’s Project Manager for the Gauteng 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.”

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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