Clean sweep for students in Apprentice challenge

16 April 2010 | Story by Newsroom

student winnersTop trio: The UCT team of (back row) Frank Karigambe and Simisani Moyo, and, front row from left, Phenny Nyamunga, Mangaka Meso and Duduzile Lunga made their mark at the recent AIESEC Student Apprentice Challenge.

Three UCT students - Mangaka Meso, Simisani Moyo and Duduzile Lunga - took top honours in the first national Student Apprentice Challenge, hosted by AIESEC South Africa and Procter & Gamble South Africa in Johannesburg at the beginning of April.

The competition pitted students from UCT, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of Johannesburg, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria and Wits University in a weeklong succession of tasks, punctuated by talks and skills-boosting seminars.

Assignments included coming up with a launch of a Hugo Boss flanker fragrance for women, developing a business plan for the 2010 FIFA World Cup that would be sustainable beyond the event itself, and marketing the suite of Childline services other than its well-known helpline.

The three UCT students were among the top five students who went into the competition's gala finale, where they each had to answer - to a panel of judges made up of some top-flight corporate executives - a set of three questions. In the end, UCT hogged the limelight and awards when Meso was named as the overall winner, Moyo earned the runner-up spot, and Lunga took third place.

AIESEC is an international organisation for young people to discover and develop their leadership potential. It's billed as the largest student-run organisation in the world, and is active in over 1 700 universities across more than 107 countries and territories.

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