Team South Africa Wins KPMG in South Africa Business Challenge and Heads to Spain to represent South Africa
A collaborative team of students from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of North West (UNW) have won the National 2013 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC), which was held recently in Johannesburg. The team has secured a place to represent KPMG in South Africa at the KICC global finals in Madrid, Spain, to be held from 2 – 5 April 2013.
KICC is now in its tenth year and is one of the world’s largest student case competitions, drawing on some 6,000 students from more than 300 universities in 23 countries to compete against each other in developing solutions to realistic business scenarios. The initiative brings to life the complexity, challenge and satisfaction KPMG professionals experience every day, while working with some of the world’s most notable organizations.
This year, the team skillfully tackled Geely-Volvo, one of the three pre-selected case studies for the KPMG Business Case Challenge (BCC) which was open to all national universities in South Africa to apply. The national final winners were announced based on hard work coupled with a strong determination. The winning team members are; Victor Hugo, Vaughan Coetzee, Jimmy Moyaha, Kamal Singhala and Talira Naidoo.
“KPMG in South Africa is proud to provide this opportunity for students to learn by simulating complex, real-world business issues,” says Tantie Fubu, National Partner of KICC for KPMG in South Africa. Fubu goes on to say, “Congratulations to the outstanding team from Wits and UNW, who will represent all the talented students from our country this year. KICC truly exemplifies our firm’s commitment to learning and development.”
“This competition is a great way to develop students and build their business and leadership skills. I congratulate the winning team from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of North West and wish them every success for the International Competition in Madrid,” says Michael Andrew, Global Chairman of KPMG International. Andrew says, “This KPMG competition gives students an idea of how the firm’s talented teams across the world work together to help business cut through the complex issues affecting them.”
For the first time in the history of KICC, KPMG will partner with another organization – Banco Santander a global, multinational bank, who will host the final presentation at their offices in Madrid. The winning KICC team will also receive a one week all expenses paid and exclusive “Entrepreneurship” training at the Babson University in Boston, Massachusetts. This opportunity is being provided on behalf of KPMG and Santander.
KPMG’s commitment to developing young talent resonates with students worldwide and is evident in the firm being ranked second in Universum’s 2012 index of the “World’s Most Attractive Employers” for three years running, and first for Business students in the Universum Ideal Employer Ranking for South Africa 2012.
For more information on KICC, please contact Thembisile Bhengu from the KPMG Graduate Recruitment team, on firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit kpmg.com/kicc