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Competition Rules

General Rules

  • The 2015 Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition closing date is midnight on Friday 29 May 2015.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winners will be announced at the competition banquet in February 2016.
  • Once submitted, copyright of the essays vests with the sponsors.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.

Who May Enter?

  • The following students are eligible to enter:
    • Full-time or part-time students.
    • Postgraduate or undergraduate students.
    • Students registered for an economics course at any recognised South African institution for higher learning (including the Military Academy).
  • Nedbank and Old Mutual staff, their agents and families are not eligible to enter.
  • Entrants may enter each category more than once during their university careers.
  • In the postgraduate category only Honours or first-time Master’s students may enter.
  • Entrants must:
    • Be South African citizens or citizens of any of the SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe).
    • Hold permanent resident status in South Africa.

Our History

Launched in 1972, this year sees the competition celebrate its 43rd year. Whilst the format of the event has evolved over the last four decades to keep up with the changing times, judges have continued to select essays written by some of the top economic minds our country has produced.


For queries about the competition, please contact the Budget Speech Competition administrator on:

Email :
Tel : 082 457 0819

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