This Heritage Day, we encourage you to answer the questions, Who do you think you are? What’s your story? In relation to your heritage.
Prompts to guide your writing:
● What does heritage mean to you?
● What role does language play in relation to your heritage?
● What do you know about your heritage?
● Are there stories or rituals, or cultural markers that are important to your understanding of your heritage?
● What is the most interesting feature of your heritage, and is it unique to your cultural environment or shared with other communities?
● Where do you come from?
● Where do your ancestors come from?
How to enter:
Write an essay or poem, or submit a rap that answers the questions, Who do you think you are? What’s your story?
If you choose to write an essay, it should be between 500 and 600 words.
If you choose to write a poem, it should be between 150 and 350 words.
You can submit your essay or poem here.
If you choose to perform your rap song, please submit and send your short video clip (not longer than 2mins) to email@example.com with the subject line: My Heritage.
There are two age categories: 13-17 years old, 18- 34 years old
● Your essay or poem does not have to follow all the questions above – they are just to guide you.
● Make your writing specific about your own life and not just generalised statements. Be sure to elaborate on the different ways you identify yourself, how you feel about this identity in relation to your heritage, and why.
● Before you submit your writing, check it carefully for correct punctuation, tenses and structure. You can find different tips for editing your writing here.
Up for grabs!
Two winners (one in each age category) will win R1500 in cash, and six runners-up (three in each age category) will win R750 in cash. All top six entrants will also receive goodie bags!
1. Poems or essays must be submitted via the online entry form here
2. Rap songs need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: My Heritage.
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This Heritage Day Competition is supported by UWC CMDR (Centre for Multilingualism and Diversity Research), Camissa Museum and the Castle of Good Hope.
Terms and conditions
1. The Promoter of this competition is The FunDza Literacy Trust (FunDza) with the registration number IT814/2011.
2. Entrants to this competition agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions.
3. To qualify as an entrant into this competition, you must:
* be a South African citizen or permanent resident who resides in the Republic of South Africa
* be between the ages of 13 (thirteen) years and 34 (thirty-four) years
6. Entrants below the age of 18 years must have the consent of a parent/guardian/competent person in order to participate.
7. Entrants may only submit their own original and previously unpublished work. FunDza may disqualify any entry it deems unoriginal, or that contains plagiarised text.
8. Only one entry is allowed per person. Entries submitted on behalf of someone else will not be considered, and joint submissions are not allowed. Incomplete, illegible, misdirected or late entries will not be considered. The first complete entry submitted by any entrant will be deemed to be a valid entry.
9. Only entries that comply with the instructions will be considered valid entries to the competition.
Any entry that is deemed to be vulgar or obscene or to contain discriminatory content or hate speech will be disqualified from the competition.
10. Only entries submitted via the online form on the fundza.mobi site will be considered valid entries for the competition.
11. The competition begins on 20 September 2022 and ends on 30 September 2022. All entries must be received by 23:59 (SAST) on 30 September 2022. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. 12. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
13. No late entries will be accepted.
14. The age categories are: Junior: 13 to 17 years; Senior 18 to 34 years
15. The TWO winners will receive a cash prize of R1,500 and a FunDza goodie bag
16. The SIX runners-up will each receive a cash prize of R750 and a FunDza hamper of goodies.
17. Winners will be notified by 17 October 2022 or earlier.
18. Winners will be notified by telephone, SMS or email. If a winner DOES NOT respond within a 24-hour period, they will forfeit their prize, and the Promoter will select a new winner from the other high-scoring entries.
19. Winners will be announced publicly no later than 21 October.
20. The prize is not transferable
21. Winners may be announced on the FunDza mobisite, FreeBasics app, Moya Messenger app, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other ‘FunDza’ space.
Entrants agree that if selected as a winner, they will supply FunDza with a recent photograph and other personal information about themselves as required for publicity purposes and further consent to such photograph and personal information being published in the public domain. Winners may ask us, in writing, to remove their names or refuse to take part in any publicity.
22. This competition is not open to any director, partner, employee, of the Promoter, or members of their immediate family.
23. The Promoter will not be held liable for any technical failure that may cause your entry not to be submitted or where the Promoter does not receive your required response in point 9 above.
The Promoter, its directors, members, partners, employees, agents, consultants, suppliers, contractors and sponsors assume no liability whatsoever for any indirect or consequential loss or damage arising from an entrant’s participation in this promotional competition or for any loss or damage, howsoever arising (whether arising from negligence or otherwise). The prize winner indemnifies the Promoter for any loss, damage, harm or injury (whether arising from negligence or otherwise) that may be made against the Promoter by any third party (including but not limited to suppliers or any other third parties) in connection with this promotional competition and the accompanying terms and conditions.
24. These terms and conditions can only be reasonably changed (or superseded) by us on a written revision to these terms and conditions posted on this competition page.
25. The Promoter reserves the right to terminate this competition immediately and without notice. In the event of such termination, all entrants agree to waive any rights that they may have in terms of this competition and acknowledge that they will have no recourse against the Promoter
South African laws govern this competition.
26. Entrants understand and agree that in order to offer the competition, the Promoter must collect and use personal information about them.
27. By entering the competition, entrants are providing personal information via surveys. These will be analysed for research purposes, and all results will be aggregated and de-identified.
In the event of a dispute on any aspect of this competition or the terms and conditions hereof, the decision of the Promoter will be final and binding on all aspects of this competition and no correspondence will be entered into.
28. Any violation or attempt to violate any of the terms and conditions by an entrant will result in the immediate disqualification of the entrant.
29. All information relating to this competition and published on any promotional material will form part of the terms and conditions of entry.
30. Queries regarding the competition can be directed to email@example.com
By participating in this course competition, the entrant acknowledges that they have read and understood these terms and agree with them.