UFH trio makes the final cut in Budget Speech Competition

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Three students from the Faculty of Management and Commerce - Economics Department have been selected as finalists in the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.

Postgraduate students Ms Chwayita Mkrola, Mr Bekhithemba Qeqe and Mr Ndabenhle Manyoni, final year Economics student, are among the top students from the country’s universities who were shortlisted after a rigorous judging process.

The competition has been running for 47 years and challenges economics and finance students to write an essay that speaks to the country’s financial landscape.  Students are grouped into undergraduate and postgraduate categories and the top 10 are selected from each category. 

Therefore - two out of the Top 10 Postgraduate students selected nationally are from the University of Fort Hare.  Likewise, one student in the Top 10 undergraduate category is from the University of Fort Hare!

This year, undergraduate students had to make a case for and against investing in South Africa. Postgraduate students had to write an essay on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s initiatives to stimulate economic growth.  This includes the $100bn investment target, the jobs summit and the stimulus package.

The final selection of the top three winners in each category will take place in February 2020 in Cape Town. The finalists have also been invited to the 2020 Annual Budget Speech to be delivered by Finance Minister, Mr Tito Mboweni.

This is a welcome achievement for our trio and a proud moment for the Faculty, Economics department and their mentor – Dr Forget Kapingura.

May the God of Nokholeji guide them until the end of the competition.