South Africa has accounting talent

ACCA SA Marketing Promotions Manager, Karen Smal says ACCA SA students are truly world-class.

Each year, millions of viewers world-wide sit glued to their television screens watching “Britain’s got talent.” While the announcement of the winners of the ACCA Simpson Scholarship may attract far less fanfare, this year’s announcement of the winners confirms that South Africa has accounting talent.

Five bursaries are awarded globally, annually. This year’s winners included ACCA SA student, Tinashe Matambo; fellow ACCA SA student, Ithai Musindo was one of the twenty finalists. No stranger to readers of the ACCA SA blog, Ithai was our guest blogger on 3rd July. Ithai’s recent achievement provides a compelling reason to re-read her blog and learn from one of ACCA SA’s top students.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that Memory Mudzi, a Zimbabwean student was also the proud recipient of a Simpson Scholarship. All three students have done ACCA SA, and the African continent as a whole proud. The award of two Simpson Scholarships to neighbouring countries in Africa, confirms that ACCA students on the African continent are truly world-class.

Hopefully, this achievement will inspire other ACCA SA students to apply for the Simpson Scholarship next year. The scholarship covers exam fees, annual student or affiliate fees, and membership admission fees for up to five years, or until ACCA membership is achieved, whichever happens sooner. To further sweeten the pie, BPP Learning Media, ACCA’s Platinum Approved Learning Partner, provides students with study material for every ACCA paper, which they are studying.

I must caution however, that competition is fierce and applicants need to be the ‘cream of the crop’. Criteria amongst others include achieving an average of 80% or more in the Knowledge module (Papers F1-F3) of the Fundamental level of the ACCA Qualification, or a minimum of 66% in two ACCA Qualification papers. More information is available on the ACCA global website: http://www.accagloballcom

As one would expect being world-class and the ‘cream of the crop’ comes at a price. As former Chairman and CEO of IBM, Thomas Watson noted: “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.”

Are you up to the challenge? Will you be a proud recipient of the Simpson Scholarship next year?

Karen Smal
ACCA SA Marketing Promotions Manager

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