Opportunity for young writers

YOUNG writers have until 18 July, Mandela Day, to sumbit their essays for the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s essay writing competition.

The top three winners stand to win cash prizes over and above laptops. Topics for the competition remain: A future free of racism; Tolerating racism is racism; and Root out racism.

The cash prizes, sponsored by the Foundation were included as an additional incentive for young people to participate in the competition.

“Apartheid, colonialism and slavery have had an immense impact on the psyche of the nation. It certainly affects current day experiences and perceptions of diversity and race in the country. South Africa’s youth were born in a country free of legislated apartheid and were dubbed the “born-frees”. However, this does not mean that racism, or the negative impact of apartheid, has ended,” said the Foundation’s executive director, Neeshan Balton.

To enter the essay writing competition, submit your essay to email: [email protected], fax: 011 852 8786, or post: PO Box 3240, Lenasia, 1820.

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Entrants must be between the age of 15 and 21 years. The essay should be a minimum of 1 000 words and maximum 1 400 words and can be in any one of the South African official languages. Essays containing plagiarism will be disqualified. Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Contact Dawood Raphalalane on 011 854 0082.

 

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