Hear Our VOices

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Mail & Guardian.

Thought Leader Competition.

Ukuzibuza is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with the

Mail & Guardian’s ThoughtLeader.co.za platform. Through this partnership, we will be running an essay competition under the name Hear Our Voices. This competition is an opportunity for young South Africans under the age of 25 to enter pieces in which they can express their ideas, opinions, and insights. A collection of all the essays submitted will be published on Ukuzibuza.com, and winning pieces will be published as articles on the Thought Leader website under the Hear Our Voices banner, with a chance to be published in the printed Mail & Guardian newspaper.

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1. How do art and social justice influence each other?

2. At this moment, where and how do we find purpose in our lives?

3. An open letter to government officials.


  • Essays may not be longer than 1000 words.

  • Responses to the prompts should be original and thought-provoking pieces – we encourage you to use your imagination and your own voice.

  • At the top of each article, please include a decent, high-resolution profile photo of the author; a 30-word biography; and an e-mail address.

  • Please indicate which prompt you have chosen and give your piece a unique title.

  • Submit your essays no later than 30 May 2021

  • Write your piece as you see fit but back up any statements presented as fact with a link to the reference or research/studies.

  • Be willing to open up areas for debate.

Good luck and happy writing!
- The Ukuzibuza Team