In the lead-up to the elections in May, Community Chest launches an Election Bursary Competition for the pre-election age group to provide them a chance to express their views on issues affecting the country and what changes they would like to see in the future.

Given that the 15 – U18 age group is not yet eligible to vote we wish to hear their thoughts and ideas on how they would run the country, with particular focus on leadership, social justice and current affairs.

One of the key focus areas of Community Chest is education as we see it as critical to the future of South Africa. It is the gateway to providing the means for an individual, families and communities to fulfil their human potential and practice active citizenship.

CEO of Community Chest, Lorenzo Davids, “We believe that everyone deserves the chance to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be and nothing should stand in their way. For each young learner to become an adult active citizen and fully participate in all our country has to offer, education is imperative.”

“Life-long learning is key to develop to our full potential and we would love to facilitate the journey at tertiary stage for three young learners with leadership skills,” Davids continued.

The competition invites learners to make written submissions followed by video presentations that will be driven via social media platforms to ensure interaction and wider public engagement.

Essay Task: Learners are to critically examine the country’s current political landscape in terms of leadership, social justice and current affairs and suggest the reasons behind the challenges we face as a country. In addition to this, learners must outline how they would change the socio-economic conditions faced by many South Africans.

The launch date for the competition is 9 April 2019 and the winners will be announced following the general election results. The prizes up for grabs are bursaries totaling R200 000, consisting of a first prize of R100 000, second prize of R60 000 and third prize R40 000.

For more information on the competition, please visit the Community Chest website on