South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Student Leadership Summit Essay Competition 2016

Submission Deadline: 26 August 2016.

Calling all future business leaders! Be one of the Top 30 winners who will have the chance to network with SA’s top business leaders at SAICA’s Student Leadership Summit hosted by Standard Bank on 6 – 7 October 2016. Enter the SLS thought leadership essay competition today!


To enter, please choose ONE of the following topics and submit an essay of 1000 words.

1. South Africa, as a mere 22 year old democracy, is currently facing tough economic conditions, political turbulence and student unrest. Outline your views on the current university funding crisis under #FeesMustFall and come up with ways in which funding for tertiary education can be made available to students. Discuss your thoughts on whether such funding should apply to all or only selected categories of students.

2. Describe the role that SAICA (as a professional body), and other stakeholders outside of government, can play in upgrading South Africa’s economic status in order to avoid reaching junk status.

3. This was the second year of the APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) exam; yet as a profession, we still witnessed poor behaviour from certain candidates. What should have been done better by SAICA, candidates and the training officers to stop candidates from wanting to gain an unfair advantage? What parameters should be put into place to discourage ill practice from candidates?

Email your submissions to [email protected]

Please include the following details: (The information below is compulsory and must be included when you submit your essay) First Name | Surname | Contact Number/s | Name of University Name of Degree | Student

Number | Email Address| Essay Word Count

Should you have any queries, please contact Teboho Moephudi on 011 621 6672 or [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SAICA Student Leadership Summit Essay Competition 2016


  1. […] The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is passionate about creating a dialogue that will help to take the economy, and indeed the country, forward. But SAICA does not expect this kind of engagement only from members of the profession. The Institute also requires those studying towards becoming members of the profession to embrace the values of ‘responsible leadership’ that are entrenched in its strategic pillars. One of the ways this is done is through the annual SAICA Student Leadership Summit (SLS). Entries for the 2017 SLS are now open. […]


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