In-year spending data viz competition

Register and submit your data story or visualisation to stand a chance of winning!

Everyone interested in data analysis and visualisation is encouraged to enter this data viz competition. Top submissions will be featured alongside the relevant data on vulekamali. The winning submission will receive a prize of R10 000 cash.

General Information

Key details

  • Final entry submission date: 09:00 Monday 9 March 2020
  • Adjudication panel: National Treasury officials and IMALI YETHU representatives
  • Use the newly-releaed in-year spending dataset

How does it work

  1. Sign up to register your self/team to be kept up to date before 09:00 Monday 9 March 2020, ideally right now!
  2. Submit your competition entry or entries before 09:00 Monday 9 March 2020. Submit each entry individually.

What can be submitted to the competition?

You can submit anything that tells the intended audience something from the data as long as we can view it in a web browser, a spreadsheet program like Excel, a PDF viewer like Adobe Acrobat Viewer, or a photo viewer.

  • Interactive dashboards, e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, and similar tools
  • Web-based pages or apps presenting the data or data story
  • Maps, Graphs, Charts, Visuals, Tools produced using any tool you like, be it Excel, R, Python
  • Posters, infographics or pages presenting and explaining the above
  • A photo of a napkin where you drew an informative illustration


  • Best submission will win R10,000 cash
  • The top accurate submissions will be featured as examples of using this data on vulekamali



Challenge 1

Challenge 2

Challenge 3

Open Challenge

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How well it conveys a story of what’s happening, supported by the data
  • How well it enables some kind of analysis to easily find stories - Motivate in your entry with examples of what the target audience would be learning from the entry - e.g. a student with their knowledge base can deduce X. A subject matter expert with their knowledge base can deduce Y.
  • How accessible it is to its intended user group
  • How succinctly the information is presented


  • The competition is organised by The South African National Treasury and IMALI YETHU.
  • The competition is open to all people resident in South Africa.
  • The competition is not open to members of the project Steering Committee and their families.
  • Up to three entries per person are permitted. 
  • The competition will accept entries until 09:00 on Monday 9 March 2020. Late entries will not be considered
  • Entries must be submitted via the online form.
  • Entries may be submitted in any of the 11 official South African languages.
  • Only complete forms will be accepted.
  • Entries submitted will be evaluated by a panel of judges composed of officials from National Treasury and civil society representatives. 
  • Should a similar winning entry be submitted by different people, selection will be based on the motivation provided in the entry.
  • The decisions of the adjudication panel are final.
  • A shortlist of the top 5 entries will be made from which a  winner will be selected. A verification process will be done to determine whether the application of the shortlisted entries are not already in existence as the name of another website or initiative.
  • The winner will be notified by the adjudication panel.
  • The provided email address will be used to notify you of clarifications and updates to the competition or its data and data documentation.
  • By submitting your work as a competition entry, you remain the owner of your work, but you grant National Treasury and IMALI YETHU rights to present your work as examples of data visualisation and analysis using vulekamali. This includes all entries, not just the top 5.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my entry have to use specific data?

Yes - you must at least use the In-year spending dataset. You can use any other data or information alongside it.

Can teams enter or only individuals?

One person or team can enter up to three entries

Do I have to be an economist or analyst to enter?

No - anyone is welcome to enter regardless of qualification, age, profession, background

Do I have to enter a visualisation? Can I enter an essay or report?

You can enter anything you like, but a 5000 word report will not score well on presenting its findings succinctly. Try to produce a poster calling out the key findings and deductions from the report you wanted to enter.

I don’t understand the data. Where can I find out more?

If the dataset guide does not answer your questions, try the comment section for the dataset or email feedback@vulekamali.gov.za

Event Timeline


March 9, 2020

In-year spending data viz competition

Online Competition