Mzansi Magic Market Day is looking for young entrepreneurs and performers between the ages of seven and 15 years who want to showcase their creative flair at magical day-time events around the country on Saturday, 1 September. The 2012 entries for the annual youth market day are now open.
This entrepreneurship and talent initiative, which was originally called KTV Market Day and moved under M-Net’s Mzanzi Magic banner last year, aims to develop business men and ladies of the future with big ideas. They can either sell their products or perform in the talent section by singing or dancing or wowing the audience with a group act. Of course, there are also great prizes and accolades up for grabs.
This year, 15 years since its launch, the initiative is casting the net wider by inviting over 750 schools to participate at locations in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. The Mzansi Magic Market Day team will also be providing free workshops to spark creativity through new and innovative idea exchange sessions in these regions.
M-Net’s CSI manager, Palesa Xorile, says that through Mzansi Magic Market Day, young people can discover their inner creativity or talent. “We would like to encourage the youth entering this competition to be bold and daring with their ideas. We’ve seen amazing products and talent in previous years and we hope that 2012 will be even more spectacular.”
The underlying vision driving Mzansi Magic Market Day is for learners throughout the country to come away from the event having learnt key business principles and how to apply them successfully. Part of this is what happens in the months before the event – specifically the curriculum-aligned and grade-specific publications that M-Net Cares produce for use in Economic Management Sciences (EMS) classes. The inclusion of a Money For Enterprise booklet, worksheets, educator’s booklet (aligned to curriculum outcomes) and more are becoming key elements of EMS lessons in classrooms countrywide.
“M-Net Cares and Mzansi Magic Market Day are heavily invested in the development of the youth. The future of our young people is vital to us and we would like Mzansi Magic Market Day to become a launch pad for their future careers. We encourage them to sell their ‘vision’ and creativity and showcase what they can do,” Xorile says.
The judging process will be based on originality and the execution of bright plans. The products have to be unique and able to fly from the stalls, which should be eye-catching. For the singing and dance acts, judging will be based on the wow-factor.
The closing date for the 2012 talent entries is 14 August and 18 August for the craft entries This year’s national winners, named Mzansi Magic Entrepreneur of the Year and Mzansi’s Next Big Star, will each receive an award of R20 000 among other prizes. Now firmly entrenched on the Mzansi Magic platform, Mzansi Magic Market Day 2012 will be broadcast on the channel, giving viewers who are unable to attend the event a chance to engage with this exciting, ongoing entrepreneurial initiative.
Gauteng (Cresta): 21 July
KZN (Gateway): 4 August
Free State (Bloem Plaza): 4 August
Talent Entries: 14 Aug 2012
Stall Entries: 18 Aug 2012
Market Day: 1 Sept 2012
For more details, log on to www.mzansimarket.co.za