SPONSORED: Previous Budget Speech Finalists – Where are they now?

Khetha Dlamini entered the Budget Speech in 2012 and was the 1st runner-up.

Khetha Dlamini (28) entered the Budget Speech in 2012 and was the 1st runner-up. 

Dlamini said the experience helped with his writing skills in preparation for his honour’s dissertation.

"It gave me an opportunity to dig into the academic literature on fiscal policy and get familiar with it", said Dlamini.

He currently works as the Director for Fiscal Policy Planning in the Budget Office of the National Treasury - the division that prepares the Budget.

Dlamini said the Budget Speech dinner allowed him to engage with people who turned out to be managers and in many cases mentors.

Divan Jagers heard about the Budget Speech Competition during an economics lecture he was taking at UCT and decided to enter the competition. 

Divan Jagers currently works as an Actuarial Specialist at Old Mutual Limited and said participating in the Budget Speech competition has afforded him many opportunities and platforms that allow him to express his opinion. 

The 25-year-old achieved a top-three position in the competition and has gone on to participate in other global competitions.

"Over the few days during the final round interviews, I met ministers and other leaders from government, leaders and executives of corporate companies, leaders from political parties, renowned economists and other like-minded young people in the competition', Jagers said.

He said the competition has helped boost his confidence and made him more aware of the important role that corporates can play in addressing some of the economic issues in the country.

Rachel Theron is the 2016 Budget Speech Competition Postgraduate 1st Runner Up.

Rachel Theron (26) studied BComm Law, Honours and Master’s in Economics at the University of Stellenbosch and was the 1st Runner Up for the 2016 Budget Speech Competition.

Theron said the competition opened her up to endless possibilities in the real world.

"The other finalists motivated me to keep on pushing myself and to channel my drive to constantly better and challenge myself.

It was with this in mind, that I embarked on an Exchange Semester at the University of Zurich, where I grabbed every opportunity and networking possibility, so that I was even able to attend some events at the World Economic Forum in Davos", said Theron.

She said the competition also got her a two-week internship at the Macro Solutions division of Old Mutual.

Caleb Qoyo won the annual Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition in 2019.

Eastern Cape native Caleb Qoyo won the annual Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition in 2019, winning the top prize in the undergraduate category of R60 000.

For the competition, Qoyo looked into the world of cryptocurrencies and the systematic risks associated with them, unpacking and simplifying the related issues in a detailed essay.

He also works as the programme coordinator at an NGO, the Emagqabini Education Academy.

Qoyo hopes to land a corporate job soon so that he can be able to fund a master’s degree in development finance at the Graduate School of Business.