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THE SAIT TAX STUDENT CONFERENCE is the largest and most recognised tax student event in South Africa. This auspicious event ensures that higher education students from different finance-related academic fields – taxation, law, accounting and commerce – are exposed to the wonderful opportunities that exist in the tax world, facilitating career decisions in line with their skill sets and fields of interest. Employers, too, have the opportunity to make timeous decisions with regard to their graduate recruitment policies.

The 2017 conference is ultimately structured to provide students with maximum engagement opportunities to showcase their skill sets – it is a golden opportunity for students who want to ensure their future in tax and make their mark in front of key employers. This year, students can look forward to networking opportunities with other students, lecturers and professionals in practice; motivational, developmental and fun activities; and invaluable career advice that will assist them in making better career choices.

Given the Fees Must Fall movement in 2016, and the recurring movement in 2017, entry to the conference will be free of charge to students. The only requirement for entry will be the submission of a detailed CV and their active participation.

Event Dates

  • 05 May 2017 - Johannesburg - 09:00 until 17:00

  • 12 May 2017 - Cape Town - 10:00 until 18:00

Event Programme

Presentation Description


Early Career Path

This presentation will provide a general overview of early career options for tax graduate student and recommended credentialing miles

Keith Engel


Employer Expectations of a Young Trainee

This session will entail a panel interview of senior members within various firms describing desirable attributes of young trainees.

Firm Panel


Tea Break

Work Specialties of Young Trainees

This session will entail a panel interview of senior member within various firms describing various business tax specialties that young trainees will likely encounter.

Firm Panel


Young Trainee Perspective 

This session will entail a panel interview of mid-level tax associates describing their early tax experiences with various firms.

Firm Panel

Young Trainee Perspective

This session will entail a panel interview of mid-level tax associates describing their early tax experiences with various firms.

Firm Panel

(SAIT Trainees)


Tax Professional for a Day Competition

A detailed scenario based case study will be presented to the various teams. This inter-active study will serve as the key discussion point for the afternoon.

Tax Faculty (Piet Nel)


Teams will ready themselves for the challenge



Teams will present in separate break-away rooms to be judged by various sponsor firms.

Sponsors & University Nominees

Discussion Forum

Presenters and sponsors will assess the case study in a panel discussion, performing a critical review of the case study, emphasizing the merits / de-merits of the various team presentations. This is an interactive session where competitors and audience members will get the opportunity to participate

*(Judges will also use the time to decide on winner.)

Sponsors, previous competitors, Tax Faculty, SAIT


Winners announced!

Keith Engel & Sponsors for prizes



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