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Cast your vote for the Young Leaders Awards!

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About the awards

Young people have a great potential to make a positive impact on all spheres of our society. They can use their energy, creativity, and enthusiasm to create meaningful change in the world around them.

The youth play an important role in shaping our society. They are the ones who provide much-needed insights about what works and what might not work for a particular community. As such, their ideas and words can influence peers, adults, and even policy decisions.

The DearSA Young Leaders Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge, and reward the valuable contributions young people are making throughout South Africa.

This initiative aims to identify, acknowledge, and celebrate the top five young South Africans making tangible real-world differences in their communities or nationwide across five categories: 

Politics & Government

Civil Society

Business

Sport, Culture & Environment

Media

The DearSA Young Leaders Awards wants to recognise the significant contributions of young South Africans to their communities and the country as a whole. We wish to highlight the achievements of these dynamic young individuals, lending credence to their work and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

Let us… celebrate the work of young South Africans, inspiring others to contribute positively to their communities.

Rules & how to enter

  1. Individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by others. Nominations will require complete nominee details, contact information, an evidence bundle detailing their work, a CV, and a justification for the nomination.
  2. Nominations will be opened to the public on the DearSA website from 1 December 2023 to 31 January 2024.
  3. Accepted nominations will be opened to public voting on the DearSA website from 1 February 2024 to 30 April 2024.
  4. The winner in each category will be determined via a 50% public vote and 50% by a panel appointed by DearSA.
  5. Each winner will receive R7,500.00 and the prestigious annual award.

Who we are

DearSA is a non-profit platform that allows the public to co-shape government policies, amendments, and proposals. The organisation has run many successful campaigns and amassed a participant network of over 1.1 million individuals nationwide and beyond. 

Categories

This category recognises young leaders who are actively engaged in politics and government affairs, demonstrating a commitment to improving their communities and the nation as a whole. Nominees in this category may have initiated positive policy changes, advocated for democratic rights, or shown exceptional leadership within political or governmental institutions.

The Civil Society category honours young individuals who have dedicated their efforts to addressing critical social issues, often through non-profit organisations, community initiatives, or grassroots movements. Nominees in this category have made significant contributions to humanitarian causes or community development, showcasing a strong sense of civic responsibility and a passion for positive change.

This category recognises young entrepreneurs and business leaders who have demonstrated exceptional innovation, leadership, and success in the business world. Nominees in this category may have launched successful startups, driven economic growth, or introduced innovative solutions that have a positive impact on their industry and society at large.

The Young Leaders Award for Sport, Culture, and Environment recognises inspirational youth who have made significant contributions in promoting sportsmanship, cultural enrichment, and environmental sustainability.

The Media category acknowledges young individuals who have made significant contributions to journalism, broadcasting, or digital media, using their platforms to inform, educate, and inspire others. Nominees in this category may have reported on critical issues, created impactful content, or used media as a tool for advocacy and social change, making a lasting impression in the media landscape.

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