Three third-year Wits accounting students qualified as the youngest team to take part in the 2013 KPMG International Case Study Challenge (KICC) in Madrid, Spain.
Talira Naidoo, Jimmy Moyaha and Kamal Singhala, all studying B.Acc Sc, entered the challenge as individuals but went to Spain as a team to represent South Africa. The team consisted of four students, three of which are the Witsies along with a student from the North-West University.
The team left for Spain on the March 30 and returned on April 7
They were all competitors of the KICC title. “It was interesting; I met lots of people from different backgrounds and levels of their careers. The trip gave me a different perspective,” said Naidoo, the only female competitor from South Africa.
Team South African went through a challenge that spread over a period of three months. They were announced as a team on February 5 and were coached for three Saturdays from February till their departure to Spain. The entrants entered the competition at the end of 2012. In preparing for the finals, the students received training from KPMG.
The South African competitors did not win the competition, but they agreed it was a wonderful experience and have learned a lot.
It was a learning experience and an eye-opener. “I believe that it is a step forward in career development and I have gained personal skills,” said Moyaha.
The Wits School of Accountancy said it was extremely proud of its three students and wished them all the best for their trip and competition abroad.
Singhala described his trip to Spain as an amazing one. “I have acquired life skills that any other normal student would not have. I also got to rub shoulder with the crème de la crème at KPMG.”