Kovsie’s plan gets praise

2017-11-08 06:01
Tshireletso Bogatsu receives a prize from Dr Terence Nombembe, chief executive officer of Saica.Photo: Supplied

Tshireletso Bogatsu receives a prize from Dr Terence Nombembe, chief executive officer of Saica.Photo: Supplied

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A student of the University of the Free State (UFS), Tshireletso Boga­tsu (19), has scooped the top prize in a chartered accounting competition of the Student Leadership Summit (SLS).

This year’s edition of the annual competition was held on 10 October in Johannesburg.

The programme, which is an initiative of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica), focuses on enhancing students’ knowledge in chartered accounting and encouraging them to be responsible leaders.

Tshireletso was chosen as the overall winner out of the top 30 entries from students from 12 South African universities. The panel of judges voted for the Kovsie student for her insightful and solution-driven essay which revealed how, as a budding future chartered accountant, she plans to use her acquired academic and leadership skills to help close South Africa’s wide wealth gap.

Her ability was found to be in line with the SLS, which focuses on the abilities that responsible leaders need to have to create solutions that will make a real and positive impact on society.

These abilities entail, according to them, the perfect mix of insight, foresight, research and innovation.

“As in previous years, the calibre of entries for this year’s essay competition was of a very high standard,” says Teboho Moephudi, competition judge and project director for Saica’s university projects.

“As judges, we struggled to select which of the hundreds of entries received would win their spot in the top 30. However, when it came to the winner, our pick was unanimous. Tshireletso’s thought leadership piece was so solution-driven and well thought-out that we all knew we’d found our winner upon reading her essay.”

The second prize went to Duane Rensburg of the Nelson Mandela University, while the winner of the third prize is Bukani Mbutho of the University of Cape Town.

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