Every year Nedbank and Old Mutual host the Budget Speech Competition. It is an essay- writing competition in which undergraduate and postgraduate students get to address the issues of the day. Finalists are then selected and they get the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, participate in interviews, and attend the Budget Speech in Parliament.
This year the undergraduate entry of the NWU’s Potchefstroom campus won the day. Tiaan Meiring wrote an essay on The potential impact of a national minimum wage policy in the South African context. He receives a R60000 scholarship for Honours studies in South Africa. He wants to further his studies development economics and examine ways that we can grow the economy and address inequality.
You can check out a very relaxed looking Tiaan doing a CNBC Africa interview, giving his views on the 2016 budget.
The School had two more finalists at the competition in Cape Town. Esti Swart also participated in the undergraduate category and Gabriel Mhonyera in the postgraduate category. Gabriel also spoke on CNBC Africa before the Budget Speech.
Finally, a big word of thanks should go to the lecturers involved. Drs Carike Claassen and Anmar Pretorius work hard to encourage and support the students who enter the competition. If you are keen to enter in 2016, follow the link above or find out more about it from these lecturers in the ECON311 or ECON627 courses.