A competition launched by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders which aims to get South African youth passionate about climate change.

“Think global, act local”-Street Art Meets Climate Change

The competition is an initiative of the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa which aims to get South African youth passionate about climate change. “The Government of Flanders has been in association with South Africa for about 20 years now. We have been dealing mostly with SME development and Social Enterprises and in 2016, we decided to focus our development to climate change and the green economy,” said Dr. Geraldine Reymenants (General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa).

The Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs, Mr. Sven Gatz applauded the initiative and expressed the hope that it would reach as many young people as possible, so that they would be inspired to do something about climate change. The representative of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, Mr. Tlou Ramaru, highlighted how climate change has already affected the South African economy. “The recent droughts and heat waves have caused water scarcity which has impacted the country’s food security. One can see that climate change is not a myth or a philosophical thing. It is practical and it is upon us,” Ramaru explained. “We have found that one of the best ways to get the youth involved in communicating the urgent message of climate change is through the use of pop-culture which relates to the majority of young people” said Weza Matomane, brand ambassador for the SAMC Competition.

“This takes into consideration that although street art is cool and casual, whilst climate change is a serious issue, the two can merge to bring an alternative perspective on a possible solution,” said Matomane.


Artists are invited to submit their entry, for which they can choose from a range of street art such as pictures, graffiti, dance, poetry, graphic design,… as long as the work references the impact of climate change in South Africa or its possible solutions. “There are many solutions to climate change out there and this is one of them,” said Matomane.

“Speaking to the youth is very important because they are the ones who will suffer the consequences of the decisions of today.”

For a chance to win the Public Choice Award:

Entries must be posted on the @SAMCCSA Facebook page and Instagram accounts as a picture or a 1 minute video. The entry with the most likes (@SAMCCSA Facebook and Instagram combined) will be the winner of the Public Choice Award of R 7 500.

For a chance to win a Jury Prize:

Entries must be submitted on the web page. An independent panel of judges will look for originality, impact and effectiveness. Winners stand a chance to get a share of R30 000 in cash and the opportunity of showcasing their work at prestigious gatherings.

  • First Prize = R 10 000
  • Second Prize = R7 500
  • Third Prize = R 5 000

How to enter

  • The competition is open to youth residing in South Africa between the ages of 15 to 35. You must register first on OUR WEBSITE and enter your submission.
  • Submissions must also be posted on our @SAMCCSA Facebook page and tagged on Instagram: @SAMCCSA
  • There will be 3 professional Jury Prizes and 1 Public Choice award.The Public Choice award will go to the submission with the most likes on Facebook & Instagram combined.
  • Winners may be invited to exhibit their work during the official closing ceremony, in attendance of the Flemish Minister-President.

Terms and Conditions

  • The competition runs from 29 May 2017 to 28 July 2017
  • Winners will be announced on 18 August 2017
  • Participants remain the sole owners of their art work but are required to make their submissions available to the organizers of the competition for noncommercial use & display
  • The organizing committee (comprising the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa and WTG Media House (Pty.) Ltd) reserve the right to disqualify any submission deemed not to be in line with the aims of the competition as determined by the committee

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