At the awards evening (from left): Sonja Neethling, Prof Peet Strydom, Prof Raymond Parsons and Dr Cees Bruggemans. Prof Parsons is Deputy CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).
GEORGE NEWS - Top performing BCom students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's George Campus were acknowledged by the university and industry for their sterling performance in the past year at a function at Saasveld on 29 March.
This prestigious event was sponsored by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Southern Cape Regional Committee, Deloitte and a number of other top-notch auditing firms and prominent role-players in industry. The awarding of industry prizes to the top performing students in the different study years was a highlight of the evening.
Top performing third year student Charl Bezuidenhout set an enviable standard by scooping the Victor Ludorum in three categories - Auditing (trophy by Ernst & Young); Management Accounting (Bolton Footware) and Taxation (Burger & Associates). He was also acknowledged as the Vincitore - top third year student (sponsored by LUMENROCK Expert Financial Services).
The prizes were handed over by Prof Frans Prinsloo, Director of the School of Accounting from Port Elizabeth. In congratulating the achievers, Prof Prinsloo said for them to stand out from among their peers, they have "demonstrated exemplary performance and are true ambassadors of excellence - one of NMMU's core values". He added that their performance is a tribute to the skill and hard work of the George lecturing and administrative staff". The Vincitore Aspirante (Top Aspirant Student) awards were scooped by Candice Berman, first year BCom Accounting (sponsored by Mazars) and Bianca Venter, second year BCom Accounting (sponsored by MeyerOtto). In addition to Charl Bezuidenhout, other top year student awards went to Mauritz du Plessis (first year BCom Accounting, sponsored by MeyerOtto) and Ilanie Barnard (second year BCom Accounting, sponsored by Leask & Partners).
The top first and second year BCom Business Management students were Elizabeth Schutte and Lauren Hayward. Their prizes were sponsored by Tekkie Town and Kloppers respectively.
The Vincitore Contabilità (Top Accounting Student) accolade went to Maurits du Plessis (first year BCom). His prize was sponsored by Moore Stephens. Ilanie Barnard (prize sponsored by Ernst & Young) also received the prize as the best Second Year BCom student and was acknowledged as the Top second year Accounting student. Clive Bezuidenhout took the honours as the Top 3rd Year Accounting Student (BCom). His prize was sponsored by PKF. The Bezuidenhout twins also ensured that the SAICA Big 5 Special Awards remained in the family. Charl received the prize as the top student in Auditing, Taxation, Management Accounting and Financial Management and Clive took the honours as top Accounting student. These subjects are critical milestones en route to the CTA, an essential step in becoming a Chartered Accountant South Africa.
All in all 35 students whose dedication and achievements bode well for the accounting and related business professions, notched up 72 subject distinctions. BCom Accounting first year students, Mauritz du Plessis and Candice Berman walked away with eleven distinctions (6 and 5 respectively). Didintle Lekubu, Ilanie Barnard and Siobhan Avontuur impressed with four distinctions each, while Elizabeth Schutte, Quentin Sims, Caywill Small and Bianca Venter jointly added twelve distinctions to the list.
The full list of students whose names will be captured in the Deloitte 2011 Roll of Honour are:
Mauritz du Plessis; Candice Berman; Lekubu Didintle; Ilanie Barnard; Siobhan Avontuur; Elizabeth Schutte; Quentin Sims; Caywill Small; Bianca Venter; Isabel Botha; Johannes Bouwer; Chantell Coetzer; Natasha de Villiers; Maurice van Egmond; Jacques Allan; Jarrod Theron; Lindze Samuels; Lauren Hayward; Dale Herbst; Ruben Burger; Johan de Jager; Ruan Grobbelaar; Senzo Kubheka; Christopher Mc Rae; Willem Oosthuizen; Bianca Paarman; Chane van Greunen; Stefan du Toit; Nokukhanya Nobaza; Gershwin Saptoe; Lenichea Carelse; Esharif Faleiro; Davin Karatouliotis; Calvin Maher and Andile Shumi.