NMMU George awards top performing 2010 BCom students

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.

This prize-giving ceremony formed part of the BCom Awards cum Careers Expo 2011 held at the George Campus’ Student Recreation Centre. It was sponsored by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Southern Cape Regional Committee and a number of top notch auditing firms and prominent role-players in industry.

In addition, top international accounting firm, Deloitte, has put together funding for 27 deserving students who jointly achieved 58 subject distinctions. Their names will be captured in the Deloitte 2010 Roll of Honour.

NMMU George has also, for the first time ever, received sponsorship for an honours student, Lindi Blom, who will be working at the George campus while studying through distance learning for the Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA). This six months’ student teacher assistant contract worth R25 000 was made possible thanks to the investment by the George office of MAZARS International.

SAICA, Western Cape, sponsored prizes for the top students in Auditing, Accounting, Taxation, Management Accounting and Financial Management – critical milestones en route to the CTA, an essential step in becoming a Chartered Accountant South Africa.

The total value of prizes and sponsorships awarded at this prestigious event amounted to more than R70 000.

All the winners

Top Student Achievers

Top Third Year BCom student, Lindi Blom, took the honours in a number of categories. She received the SAICA special awards for Top Student in three categories – Auditing, Accounting and Management Accounting. In addition, she also received the Vincitore (Top Year Student, 3rd year) prize by KSE and the Vincitore Contabilità (Top Accounting Student, 3rd year) by PKF. Lindi was also named Victor Ladorum, Auditing and Management Accounting, with prizes sponsored by Ernst & Young and Bolton Footwear respectively. Lindi shared the Management Accounting award with fellow BCom student, Venessa Nicklaus, who also received the SAICA Award for Top Student in Financial Management.

The SAICA award for Top Student in Taxation went to Sheree van der Velde who also took the honours as Victor Ladorum in Taxation – a prize sponsored by Burger & Partners.

Ilanie Barnard, one of only three George Campus holders of the prestigious NMMU Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, was acknowledged as the Top First Year Accounting Student (Vincitore Contabilità) and Top 1st year BCom student overall (Vincitore). Prizes for these two awards were sponsored by Moore Stephens and MeyerOtto respectively. Charl Bezuidenhout took the honours as the top-performing second year BCom student in both these categories. Leask sponsored the Vincitore award, while Ernst & Young acknowledged Charl’s excellence with the Vincitore Contabilità 2nd Year BCom cup and prize.

The Vincitore Aspirante – Top Aspirant Student awards went to 1st year BCom student, Dale Herbst and 2nd year BCom student Anzel Gouws.

Deloitte Roll of Honour

No less than 58 subject distinctions were notched up by 27 BCom students across all BCom programmes offered at George Campus in 2010. The excelling students, with number of subject distinctions in brackets, are:

Ilanie Barnard (6), Bianca Venter (5), Dale Herbst (5), Davin Karatouliotis (4), Lauren Hayward (3), Juan Oosthuizen (3), Soibhan Avontuur (2), Charl Bezuidenhout (2), Lisa Boshoff (2), Ruben Burger (2), Thandi Emmink (2), Wesley Gibbon (2), Bronwyn Houston (2), Nikita Jacobs (2), Justin Rudolph (2), Lindi van Biljon (2), Fanie van Wyk (2), Nicholas Georgiou (1), Anzel Gouws (1), Tanya Jardim (1), Tiaan Jordaan (1), Liesl Oosthuysen (1), Lenchen Parks (1), Shandre Remas (1) Liz-Mari Smit (1), Grant Spaight (1), Lindy van den Berg (1).

Ilanie Barnard and Bianca Venter are two of the three George Campus recipients of the prestigious Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for top achievers. (The third VC Scholarship holder at the George Campus is Francois Brooks who studies Nature Conservation.)

Semester module distinctions

Clive Bezuidenhout, Lindi Blom, Ruben Burger, Anandi Emmenis, Nicholas Georgiou, Anzel Gouws, Vernon Hart, Lauren Hayward, Bronwyn Houston, Tiaan Joubert, Davin Karatouliotis, Melinda Moore, Juan Oosthuizen, Liesl Oosthuysen, Jacobus Rabie, Shandre Remas, Andile Shumi, Liz-Mari Smit, Grant Spaight, Lindy van den Berg, Sheree van der Velde, Marlande van Greunen and Luan Vermark were also acknowledged for receiving distinctions in twenty-eight single semester modules.

Excellent Growth in BCom Programme at NMMU George Campus

There is a high demand for the BCom programme offered at George Campus of NMMU. This is evidenced by a 32% growth in BCom students who registered for the various BCom offerings in 2011, compared to 2010.

Says Pieter Wicht, Senior Lecturer and BCom Programme Co-ordinator at NMMU George: “The 32% growth from last year is very satisfactory. While we do not draw the thousands that our Port Elizabeth campus enjoys, to draw 144 high entry level students from our small community means that we must be doing something right. The main draw card remains our prestigious BCom Chartered Accountant module with 41 CA (SA)’s in waiting ploughing away at their work. The BCom General Accounting is more popular than ever and with electives in Public Administration, Economics, Industrial Psychology and Business Management we have an offering for every business need. We remain the fastest growing accounting programme in the country and plan to keep it up as long as we can”, said Wicht.

“Industry’s close ties with NMMU’s BCom programme and graduates is evidenced by their involvement, not only in the annual NMMU BCom Awards and Careers Expo, but in the significant role they play in providing training opportunities and in absorbing NMMU George BCom graduates into the job market”, a proud Wicht enthused.

The BCom programme offered at NMMU is one of only a few in South Africa which enjoys full with SAICA accreditation. (SAICA is the professional body for the accounting profession which ensures stringent compliance with professional standards and code of conduct.)

Through this set of first class qualifications, NMMU George is well positioned to deliver the wide spectrum of business skills required in the region.

Summary of Top BCom Awards Winners and sponsors
Vincitore Aspirante – Top Aspirant Student
Dale Herbst (1st Year BCom) – MAZARS
Anzel Gouws (2nd Year BCom) – MeyerOtto

Vincitore – Top Student
Ilanie Barnard (1st Year BCom) – MeyerOtto
Charl Bezuidenhout (2nd Year BCom) – Leask
Lindi Blom (3nd Year BCom) – KSE

Vincitore Contabilità – Top Accounting Student
Ilanie Barnard (1st Year BCom) – Moore Stephens
Charl Bezuidenhout (2nd Year BCom) – Ernst & Young
Lindi Blom (3nd Year BCom) – PKF

Victor Ladorum
Lindi Blom – Auditing – Ernst & Young
Lindi Blom & Venessa Nicklaus – Management Accounting – Bolton Footwear
Sheree van der Velde – Taxation – Burger & Partners

Summary of SAICA Big Five Special Awards
Lindi Blom – Top Student in Auditing, Accounting and Management Accounting
Sheree van der Velde – Top Student in Taxation
Venessa Nicklaus – Top Student in Financial Management

No less than 58 subject distinctions were notched up by 27 BCom students across all BCom programmes offered at NMMU’s George Campus in 2010. They will now feature on the Deloitte Roll of Honour
The top four achievers with twenty subject distinctions between them are, from left: Ilanie Barnard and Bianca Venter, with Willem van der Post, Deloitte Talent Manager, fellow-BCom achievers, Davin Karatouliotis and Dale Herbst, and Dave Lange, also from Deloitte (far right) 

Nasiegh Hamdulay, Regional Executive of SAICA, Southern Region, was quick to congratulate Sheree van der Velde (left) – top NMMU George BCom student in Taxation, Venessa Nicklaus, top student in Financial management, and Lindi Blom, who took the honours as top BCom student in three other categories of the SAICA Big Five Award – namely Auditing, Accounting and Management Accounting. Lindi also received a six months’ student teacher contract worth R25 000 from MAZARS International. 

Top performing NMMU George BCom Accounting student, Lindi Blom (right) joined by a proud NMMU George staff complement. From left, Pieter Wicht, Senior Lecturer and BCom programme-co-ordinator, Arthur Peters who lectures Marketing, Catherine Fourie (lecturer in Tax and Auditing), Prof Christo Fabricius, NMMU George Campus Principal, Jane Fountain (Accounting and Management Accounting lecturer), Paul Bruwer, who lectures Business Management and Greig Menzies, lecturer in Economics. 

Andrew Jeffery from MAZARS International and top performing NMMU George BCom student, Lindi Blom. Lindi scooped several coveted prizes at the recent NMMU George BCom Awards, including a R25 000 student teaching contract by MAZARS. 

Councillor Chris Neethling who represents NMMU George on the NMMU Council, with Venessa Nicklaus and Lindi Blom who shared the SAICA award for the best BCom student in Management Accounting.

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