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Essential Reading

Before you start your essay for the 2017 Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition it is recommended that you read some essential documents which include:

These documents aim to give you a good background on the SA economy. It is also recommended that you access more government papers by visiting the official website of the South African Government.

There is more to the internet than "Google". There are a number of economic journal databases, as well as websites that will provide you with free access to economic journals and working papers that have been published in the past 10 - 15 years.


Should you in any way use information from any articles, please be sure to reference your source in order to avoid plagiarism. For information on correct referencing methodologies please visit

What is Plagiarism?

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
Under no circumstances will plagiarism be tolerated and any entries displaying plagiarism will be immediately disqualified. For more information about plagiarism, please read theses document:

Plagiarism 1
Plagiarism 2
Plagiarism 3

Research Methodology

Research Methodology is a university course in itself but some students who are interested in entering the completion have not yet done the course. Therefore we have provided you with a very simple, but hopefully useful, outline about research methodology. Click here


Essay Writing Guidelines

This section aims to offer you technical help around writing an academic essay.

The Comprehensive Guide to Writing an Academic Essay has been compiled specifically to assist Budget Speech Competition contestants. A selection of links to websites covering various aspects of research and essay writing is also provided.

The Comprehensive Guide to Writing an Academic Essay

We have posted a simple reference guide from Oxford for you to work through. Remember that correct referencing is a critical part of an academic essay and if you reference incorrectly you will not even get past the starting blocks as your essay will be rejected.

Oxford Reference Guide

Proper referencing and acknowledgements are vital in writing any essay or academic paper in order to avoid charges of plagiarism. A good bibliography and the presence of citations also indicate to you tutor and adjudicator how much research you have undertaken.

Helpful Sites

There are many websites that offer excellent writing tips and conventions. Please follow the links below if you would like to read more about what it takes to write a winning essay.

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


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

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