The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
rewarded academic excellence of future
Chartered Accountants.

The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in partnership with the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) celebrated academic excellence at the recent UKZN–SAICA Students Awards Ceremony.

The annual event held on the Westville campus recognises and rewards outstanding students within the Accounting Discipline and also provides an opportunity for accounting firms to interact with students to discuss employment opportunities.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor John Mubangizi, encouraged students to continue striving for excellence.

‘We are here to celebrate students who have excelled in their studies and proven that they are the best. We want to applaud your achievements and encourage you to go out there and be ambassadors for UKZN as what you do from now on not only reflects on you but also on us as an institution,’ said Mubangizi.

Dean and Head of the School, Professor Anesh Singh, encouraged students to see obstacles and challenges as motivation to achieve more and be more, while the Accounting Programme’s new Co-ordinator and academic leader of Taxation, Dr Suren Pillay, attributed the achievements to dedicated staff and students and the success to hard work and dedication, applauding everyone who had played a role in the process. Pillay also congratulated Justine Lindsay (who was the top overall CTA student) on her excellent CTA results as well as being placed 5th in the country in the 2016 SAICA ITC examinations. Other award recipients include Arjun Nandlal (top overall first year student); Ahmed Ally (top overall second year student) and Julian Vorster (top overall third year student).

Speaking on behalf of SAICA, Eastern Region President, Mr Bradley van Dyk, congratulated the students, staff and parents. He reinforced SAICA’s commitment to ensuring that its partnership with UKZN resulted in them reaching their goal of achieving a level one ranking for their accounting programmes.

‘UKZN is very important to SAICA and the students who are receiving prizes are getting them for work they have done which was not easy. The Accounting profession is constantly evolving and there is something new to be learned every day. So we are looking forward to the valuable contribution these students will make in the industry,’ he said.

Prizes were sponsored by SAICA and accounting firms Grant Thornton, Ernst Young and Standard Bank, which also sponsored the event and engaged with students about employment opportunities.

Thandiwe Jumo