Busi­ness boost for young minds

Groen­berg go great guns at games

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - WAY RE­PORTER

PROB­LEM-solv­ing skills are es­sen­tial for a busi­ness to stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion.

This is one rea­son learn­ing to “think out­side of the box” is im­por­tant for young peo­ple.

En­ter the South African In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants’ (Saica) an­nual Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Games, which are held around the coun­try to teach pupils how busi­ness works and how they fit in.

Ear­lier this month, 160 Grade 10 and 11 pupils from 16 schools in and around the greater Cape Town area had the chance to test their busi­ness acu­men while hav­ing fun via the en­trepreneur­ship game Com­mer­cium. The game’s de­vel­oper is ac­count­ing lec­turer and char­tered ac­coun­tant Jaco Fouche. He de­signed the game to “sim­u­late the dy­nam­ics and fast pace of the busi­ness world in a fun way so learn­ers know that the busi­ness world is not as bor­ing as of­ten de­picted at school”.

Gugu Makhanya, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive for trans­for­ma­tion and growth at Saica ex­plained: “We in­tro­duce learn­ers to re­al­life busi­ness sit­u­a­tions and show them some of the daily de­ci­sions busi­ness lead­ers make to run their com­pa­nies suc­cess­fully. In so do­ing, they learn how to nav­i­gate the world of work that awaits them... We also use the game to in­tro­duce learn­ers to char­tered ac­coun­tancy as a ca­reer through mo­ti­va­tional talks, ca­reer pre­sen­ta­tions as well as li­ais­ing with Saica’s Thuthuka Bur­sary Fund stu­dents who act as fa­cil­i­ta­tors while the learn­ers play the games.”

After many nail bit­ing mo­ments and a day packed with fun, the win­ners were:

Groen­berg High School – R5 000

St An­drews Tech­ni­cal High school – R4 000

Kensington High School – R3 200

Hot­ten­tots-Hol­land High School – R1 800

The cash prizes were spon­sored by South Africa’s big four au­dit­ing firms: PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY.

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