What is it?
VIP is opening up a crowd-sourced challenge to our community to suggest crucial issues, topics or policy ideas that young South Africa would like to present to parliament, dubbed the Parliament Challenge. The VIP team will work in conjunction with political experts, civil society organisations and MPs to turn the winning idea that stems from Parliament Challenge into a submission for consideration to a group of selected MPs from relevant committees.
Successful submissions will be shortlisted and our online community will see the compilation and vote on the hottest issue. The winning entrant then goes into the process of refining the idea and turning it into a presentation to be presented to parliament. The prize for the winning entrant is a flight, a night’s stay in a hotel in Cape Town and a trip to parliament to see your idea get presented.
How to take part?
We have selected four categories and departments under which you can submit your policy idea to:
Department of Health
Access to quality healthcare
Efficient service at public health care facilities
Sustainable health care
Department of Higher Education and Training
Development of a skilled and capable workforce for the country
Transformation imperatives to address social inequality, race, gender, age and geography
Providing differentiated education and training opportunities for all the people of South Africa
Department of Labour
Eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace
Improved economic efficiency and productivity
Department of Police
Prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community
Ensure offenders are brought to justice
Participate in efforts to address the causes of crime
For more details on how to enter, see here.