Youth encouraged to enter essay competition against racism

A national essay writing competition against racism will encourage young people to prove that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword this month.

The South African Youth Essay Writing Competition 2017 Against Racism is inviting young people in the age categories of 15–25 and 26–35, from across the country, to share their reflections on racism.

There are various wonderful prizes, including laptops and cash, to be won. The winning essays will also be published.

The essay writing competition is being run in collaboration with Khwerha Ye Afrika and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, the Foundation for Human Rights, the Steve Biko Foundation, Spotlight Creations and other local organisations.

The purpose of the competition, said Tommy Khoza, the Executive Director of Khwerha Ye Africa, is to “provide young people with an opportunity to creatively use their writing talents to share experiences, encounters and untold stories of racism”.

Busisiwe Nkosi from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Youth Leadership Programme said that the initiative comes as a response to national discussions on racism.

She added, “What’s unique about this competition is that essays can be entered in any of the 11 official languages as chosen by the participants.”

To enter the competition, your essay should be between 1 000 and 2 000 words in length, in the South African language of your choice, on the topic of racism. Submissions can be sent by email, fax, post or hand delivery. The closing date for submissions is 31 March. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Johannesburg.

Email your submission to with the subject ‘Essay Submission’; fax it to 0865 733 643; post it to PO Box 6804, Halfway House, 1685, or hand-deliver it to 69 Market Street, Kimax Building, Office 11B, Boksburg North. Don’t forget to include all your contact details.

For more information, contact Melissa on 011 892 0399 or 081 702 5862.

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