Earlier this month two of the School’s Honours students participated in the Agbiz student case competition. Christian Schlotfeldt and Jan-Hendrik Strauss took on an agricultural economics topic, prepared their case and traveled to Somerset-West for the congress.
The rest of the story is from the Agbiz newsletter:
The Agbiz Student Case Competition was hosted during the Agbiz Congress. The competition provided an opportunity for sixteen top students from major universities across the country to compete in a contest where they had to analyse a real world case and to develop strategic recommendations for addressing key issues in the case.
Agricultural economics and agribusiness students were selected to participate in this initiative. They were divided into four teams which each received the same case, concerning the crisis situation of Sundays River Citrus Company (SRCC), operating in the citrus industry where citrus black spot (CBS) is threatening South Africa’s access to the EU market.
The teams presented their recommendations to a panel of judges and the two best teams presented to the congress in the final round. The congress voted for the best team.
“The competition was challenging and required us to think out if the box for innovative strategies,” says Ayanda Demana, student from the University of Pretoria. “In the final round we had to present to 250 congress attendees, which were the most people I have ever presented to. At first, I was nervous. However in the end I truly enjoyed it. It introduced me to public speaking on a grand scale.”