“Talk Money” Speech Contest for Teens

Win a bursary to study finance!

Does your child love Mathematics, Money and People? Let him or her enter!

 The Financial Practitioners Development Trust in partnership with the KZN Financial Literacy Association and the KZN Department of Education has once again joined forces in helping to promote financial literacy in our next generation of decision-makers by running the 20th annual Speech Contest on Finance, 2015.


The contest is open to all Grade 11 KZN learners who are taking mathematics and a minimum of two business commerce and management (BCM) subjects, which include accounting, business studies and economics. Entrants, and their schools, stand a chance to win fantastic prizes including laptops, tablets, data projectors and stationery. The grand prize includes a bursary to study towards a Bachelor of Commerce Finance Degree, which covers tuition fees for the duration of the degree, is sponsored by the Financial Planning Institute. The runner-up wins a three- year Bachelor of Commerce (general), compliments of PC Training and Business College.


A similar initiative will be run for the first time in Gauteng this year. A learner can win similar bursaries – more details will be announced later.


This project aims to improve financial literacy in schools and create awareness around consumer rights and available support systems. Introducing financial planning as a career option, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship is an important objective of the campaign. The process of researching, writing and delivering these speeches will be an efficient way to integrate the theory and practice of financial literacy and better equip the youth in shaping a secure financial future.


It is a belief of KZN Financial Literacy Association that it is better to teach people financial literacy while still young; in this way the youth can share their knowledge with parents and friends alike and develop good financial habits during their formative years.


The competition hopes to promote and attract learners to careers in the financial services industry, whilst also encouraging the prospect of entrepreneurship.


Learners can choose from a list of topics which include, “Planning my financial future, who can help me?”; “I wanna make my own money, my own way”; and “So, you want to sell me a financial product?”


This year marks the 20th annual Speech Contest in Finance and will see learners compete at different levels including school, ward, circuit and district levels. The competition will take place for school learners in KZN and Gauteng. These winners will then go through further rounds of adjudication until they reach the provincial finals, which will be held in October 2015. Following the provincial finals, the top three learners from KZN and Gauteng will battle it out at the Bi-Provincial Finals to be held on 06 November 2015.


Accommodation and transport for all KwaZulu-Natal provincial finalists and the bi-provincial finalists (Gauteng and KZN) will be funded by the KZNFLA and its partners. The Financial Services Board and the Curriculum Grades 10-12 Directorate at Head Office will ensure a fair process for all worthy candidates.


For more information email Sithembiso Tshabalala (KZN) at sithembisotshabalala@yahoo.com or Natalie Winter (Gauteng) at natalie.winter@gauteng.gov.za or call KZNFLA on 033 846 6979




Pictured above: Pictured at the launch of 2015 Talk Money Speech Contest on Finance is Dashen Pather, Artwell Hlengwa and Dr Enock Nzama

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