Up We Go Mzansi Creative Competition

As part of this campaign we launched a nationwide Up We Go Mzansi Creative Competition, calling on talented youth to help motivate and inspire all people living in South Africa, to harness our collective talents and strengths, and move our country upwards together. Please note this competition is now closed and we are excited to announce our finalists in each category (see below).
Up We Go Mzansi invite the public to vote for who they believe deserves to win R25 000 in each of the four categories: SONG, DANCE, SPOKEN WORD and ART.

Voting opened 3 September 2021 and closes 20 September 2021. The winners are to be announced on Heritage Day (24 September 2021). This will be a celebration of the heritage of all people in South African and will hopefully inspire us all to use our power and collective strengths to move SA upwards together!

How the public can vote:
1. Go to the @UpWeGoMzansi Instagram Page or the Up We Go Mzansi Facebook page (@UpWeGoMzansi) and like your favourite entries in each category.
2. Share the posts you like either to your Facebook page or Instagram stories. Use the hashtag #UpWeGoMzansi and Tag Up We Go Mzansi.
3. Make sure you follow Up We Go Mzansi on Instagram or Facebook.

Each person who likes and shares their favourite entries will stand a chance to win 1 of 5 Tempo Pulse 3.0 Smart Watches launching in SA later this year!

Up We Go Mzansi is a movement calling all people living in South Africa to use our personal power and collective strengths to move South Africa upwards together. This competition is searching for the best entries from our youth that will inspire our nation to move SA upwards together. The winner in each category will win a cash prize of R25 000. Your likes together with the judges scores will determine the winners. The judging panel is made up of creative specialists and prominent Social Cohesion Advocates and include among others, anti-apartheid activist and vocal artist PJ Powers/Thandeka, social anthropologist and Capitol Radio presenter Dr Raj Govender and founder of The Institute of Afrikology Dr Yaa Ashantewaa Archer-Ngidi.

Likes will be counted as of midnight on 20 September 2021 and winners will be announced on Heritage Day 24 September. This will be the perfect day to celebrate the diversity of our people and the exciting future we can make a reality when we all use our power to move SA upwards TOGETHER! 

Here are the 5 finalists per category (in no specific order):

The Top 5 in SONG:

  • Dionne – Gauteng
  • Pako Meremetsi – North West Province
  • Riley Gandhari – Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Kabelo Nokaneng – Gauteng
  • Relebogile Latane – Gauteng

The Top 5 in DANCE:

  • Nhlakanipho Kubeka – Gauteng
  • Synced Brothers – Mpumulanga
  • Jakane Ntswagae – North West
  • Gilbert Goliath – Gauteng
  • Thabelo Kgathi Dance Cultural – Northern Cape

The Top 5 in ART:

  • Anathi Maho – Gauteng
  • Polelo – Gauteng
  • Unathi Mgolombane – Gauteng
  • Lizalise Mfenyana – Western Cape
  • Wanda Nyakathisa – Western Cape

The Top 5 in SPOKEN WORD:

  • Lungisa Zondi
  • SACS – Western Cape
  • Gabriel Plaatjies – Eastern Cape
  • Monde Koloi – Northern Cape
  • Tshiamo Nzeko – North West Province
Note : By entering this competition you agree to having read and agreed with the terms and conditions.
We Believe In You
We believe that the answers for a better future lie with YOU, our young people, and that your talent can help us spark the motivation that will lead to fireworks of positive change across our country.


We’d like to hear how YOU believe we can together create the South Africa that you want to live in and feel you want to belong to.

After watching the 2 video clips in the Get Talking section on “Speeches that changed our World” and using the Talk Group Guide to discuss these topics, send us your own inspirational song, dance, spoken word, and/or artwork. 

First prize is R25 000 per category!

Entry Guidelines

Entries are accepted from youth age 13 – 34.  All participants must be living in South Africa.

Creative Challenge and Purpose
Use your creative talents in one of the 4 creative categories:

Spoken Word
Visual Arts

Terms & Conditions

Welcome to the Up We Go Mzansi Creative Competition (“the competition”), conducted by the Social Cohesion Advocates Programme (SCAP) of the Department of Sports Arts and Culture (DSAC) (“Promoter”).

  • These rules are the official rules of the competition (“rules”).
  • These rules (together with any official competition communications) will govern and apply to the competition.
  • Please take a moment to review these rules.