Essay and film competition for students focuses on topic of freedom

Pupils and students have until Friday October 23 to enter the Progress SA #YourFreedomYourFuture Competition.

They are invited to submit either an essay (maximum 1 200 words) or a short film/video (three minutes or shorter) exploring the topic “Your Freedom. Your Future – Is South Africa at a fork in the road and which road should we take?”

First (R10000), second (R5000) and third (R1000) prizes will be awarded for the best essay and best video in each of the two age categories: 17 years or younger and 18 to 24 years old.

“Progress SA is a non-profit youth organisation on a mission to promote liberalism and democracy to build a free, just South Africa. Our essay and video competition intends to encourage young people to engage in political debate, to think about how freedom affects their futures and have their say,” said Tami Jackson, chairperson for Progress SA.

The winning essays and videos will be shared on the Progress SA website. Email your essay or video to with your name, age, contact number and the name of your place of learning. Winners will be announced on Friday November 27. Visit Progress SA’s website for details.