The deadline for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Youth Challenge competition has been extended to 30 September 2019.

The bank is impressed by the number of entries received since the launch of the campaign in July and believes that the deadline extension will provide more young people with more time to think through and submit entries, which can contribute to building Africa’s prosperity.

Called the DBSA Youth Challenge, the competition invites entrants aged 18-35 to submit innovative development ideas that address infrastructural needs across various sectors. The winning submissions will attract a total of R1.5 million in prize money.

“As development practitioners, we partner with stakeholders to co-produce impactful development solutions. Through initiatives such as the DBSA Youth Challenge, we look forward to working more closely with a segment of our society that is the foundation for our country’s future,” said Sebolelo Matsoso, Head of Communication and Marketing at DBSA.

Ideas must address one or more of the infrastructure development needs within the DBSA’s core sectors which are energy, water, transport, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and/or social sectors; namely health, education and human settlement (housing) sectors. Entries should be original, relevant to society, scalable and feasible.

Interested individuals can submit their ideas via or by posting them to DBSA, 1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand, 1685.

The top 10 finalists will have an opportunity to promote their ideas and network with potential sponsors before the three winners are announced at a gala event.

Also read: Win a Share of R 1.5 Million in DBSA Youth Challenge


  1. Good Day my name is mandla malinga i am a youth of thirthy five years who is base in hospitality industry who is concern about the the lack of youth expirience in hospitality industry.i think if youth can take hospitality industry can change the world.if we can challenge gorvenment comferences maybe functions by that i am willing to challenge youth to go for training and produce travel egencies ,function organisers and well trained waiters and barmans i believe south africa can change for better and job opportunities can be created.i still believe that hospitality is the best place to grow south african economy and can change lifes for youth.THANK YOU


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