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2017 Essay Questions


What are the economic and fiscal costs of corruption in a country, if any? Make use of both local and international studies in your answer.


Following the financial crisis central banks in many developed economies have adopted unconventional monetary policies. Some seven years later much of this remains in place and has in certain cases been intensified. Do you think that central banks have been correct or are they inadvertently creating the next crisis? Use data and examples to assess the impact of these measures.

Please Note

  • Entries not conforming to the rules of the competition and the format requirements will be disqualified without being read.
  • Once submitted, the copyright of the essays rests with the sponsors.
  • Essays are checked for plagiarism using Turnitin software. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and essays that have been plagiarised will be disqualified without being read. Click here to learn all about plagiarism.

Format Requirements

Essay Rules

It is essential that you adhere to the following rules when preparing your paper for submission:

  • All essays must be submitted in English and they must be typed.
  • The essay title must appear on the first page of the essay and not on a separate page.
  • The number of words in your essay must also appear on the front page of your essay.
  • Essays, including footnotes and tables, but excluding references, should not exceed (a 10% margin will be accepted):
    • Postgraduate: 3500 words.
    • Undergraduate: 2000 words.
    Essay lengths will be checked and any essays that are outside the prescribed length will be disqualified.
  • The category you are entering must appear on the front page of your essay;
  • All pages must be numbered from the 1st page and should feature the total number of pages (e.g. 2 of 10) in the bottom right hand corner of each page.
  • Your name and your university must NOT appear on the pages of your essay. These details should only appear in your entry form.
  • Do not sent your CV with your entry. If you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Nedbank or Old Mutual please contact the companies directly.
  • When you register on the website and you will be provided with a unique number which you should include on your final essay submission. Your unique entry number must appear on the top right hand corner of each page
  • Click here to see an example of these essay requirements.

Accompanying Documents

Students who are selected as a finalist will be contacted and requested to provide a copy of their SA identity document or a valid passport and a copy of their recent academic history. This must be provided to the competition administrator within 10 days of being requested or the entry will be disqualified.

Virtual Tutors

A team of Virtual Tutors are available to help you. They will provide support and guidance on research methodology, the structure, articulation, referencing principles and general troubleshooting.

Closing Date: 31 May 2017


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