Got to cover “the lighter” side of this year’s budget speech, via the annual Budget Speech Competition. Twenty finalists battled it out to win over R400 000 in cash prizes for their essays, outlining what economic fixes there are for some of South Africa’s most pressing issues.
Day one was a simulation game that involved allocating and re-allocating the national budget, watch here.
The group also had individual interviews that day with a panel of judges, to motivate why their innovative ideas(s) deserve the win.
They were given a keynote address by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan the following night, at a fancy pants dinner – winners announced on the night as well. Watch that report, here.