Join the 2021 Money Makeover challenge today!

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Are you one of the next faces of financial freedom? Sign up to make a change and get help from the experts

The Absa/City Press Money Makeover Challenge is back and open for applications. Are you ready to join? There are only six places available so only the most committed applicants will be considered.

If your debt keeps you awake at night and your money is running out long before month end – or if you simply want to take control of your small start-up business or personal finances and grow your wealth – you may be just the person we are looking for.

The Absa/City Press Money Makeover Challenge will run over a six-month period and candidates will receive expert help to get their finances in order, and achieve their unique financial goals.

During the six-month period, each eligible participant will stand a chance to win incentive prizes upon reaching certain pre-agreed milestones.

At the end of the challenge, a cash investment prize will be awarded to the participant who best managed to remain on track and successfully realised their financial goals during the period. Sound like something you could commit to?

You will be paired with a financial adviser and the competition will run from April to October 2021. Get ready to make a change and take control of your finances.

All applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  • Must be over the age of 18.
  • Must have a transactional account with Absa wherein they deposit their monthly salary.  
  • Must earn a monthly salary/income of R20 000 or more (this can be a variable income if you are self-employed or a freelancer). Entrepreneurs with a small start-up business are welcome to enter.
  • Must not be over-indebted to such an extent that they are blacklisted with legal action taken against them in terms of their debt.
  • Must not currently be under debt review.
  • Must be prepared to be filmed, have their photograph taken and have their first name appear in City Press and the social-media channels of Absa and City Press.
  • Must commit to a six- to eight-month personalised financial fitness programme
  • Must successfully complete all the tasks and reach all the goals assigned to them.

If you would like to participate, tell us about yourself and send your responses to the following questions to us by no later than 22 February 2021.  

  • Why would you like to participate and what do you hope to achieve, should you be selected to participate?
  • What are your main financial pressures at the moment?
  • Are you married and do you have children?
  • What keeps you awake at night (finance-wise)?
  • What has been your worst financial mistake?
  • What is your big dream?

Also send your full name and surname, age, region, ID number, Absa account number, as well as your current monthly budget (income and expenses) to Remember to send the applications before the 22 February 2021 deadline.

To find out more about the Absa/City Press Money Makeover Challenge, read about last year’s contestants at City Press or on the Money Makeover Facebook page.

Absa/City Press Money Makeover Challenge
Catherien, with her husband Jan and their children, was the winner of last year’s Absa/City Press Money Makeover. She turned her finances around, renovated her house and saved her marriage into the bargain.

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