In order to create a spirit of active citizenry within Young Professionals and inspire them to use their skills for the development of our country, we launched our ABSIP #ForMyCountry campaign in the month of February 2019. This was launched in conjunction with our first ever Budget Speech Competition which was well received by our members. With only three weeks to enter, we were impressed to receive 17 entries by the time the competition closed.
The topic: ” In your view, which department do you believe the South African government has been poorly allocating capital towards in the past years?
Write an essay where you discuss your reasons for your views as well as propose steps that the government can take to better utilize the capital allocation to this department.”
As difficult as it was, we managed to shortlist the entries to arrive at the Top Five who were invited to our Annual ABSIP SOFTA & Budget Review which was held on 21 February 2019. Isaah Mhlanga, Executive Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes had the difficult task of adjudicating and selecting the winner and the two runners up. Congratulations to Mpho Mataboge for winning the competition and to the first runner up, Mlondi Mlundi and the second runner up Tshego Ramatlo. Well done to Sanan Pillay and Mxolisi Siwundla for making it to the top five. All five essays were tabled to the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni as considerations for the 2019 Budget. Deputy Minister Mondli Gungubele was the key note speaker at our SOFTA & Budget Review and was impressed by the level of debate by our members.
Next year we will be sure to start the competition earlier in order to give more people a chance to enter and are looking forward to getting our youth more involved in thought leadership dialogues and giving them the platform to participate. If you haven’t yet registered as an ABSIP member, be sure to do so before the end of March so that you can benefit from the Young Professionals discount and have access to tools that will help you advance in your career as a young black professional.