DA Young Leaders Program for Young South Africans 2023

Applications are invited from suitable and highly talented candidates for DA Young Leaders Program for Young South Africans. This is a nation with a future based on freedom, justice, opportunity and diversity for all.

Over the course of a year, program participants will have the opportunity to expand their political knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills. Program participants are highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career in politics or public service with the goal of creating One Nation with One Future.


Company/Organization(s): DA Young Leaders, South Africa

Program location: South Africa

Program duration: One year

Available slot: Enough

Basic Qualifications: There are no specific qualifications

nationality: South African


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DA Young Leaders Program | What to expect

The DA’s Young Leaders Program (YLP) is a political leadership learning and development program for South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35 who align with the DA’s values ​​of Freedom, Justice, Opportunity and Diversity.

In DA’s South Africa, all individuals will have the opportunity to live a life they value. This South Africa is dynamic and innovative, with a growing and inclusive economy and a capable government that upholds the Constitution and ensures equal opportunities for all – regardless of where they are born, what they look like or any other arbitrary characteristic.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the DA Young Leaders Program for Young South Africans, applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • The YLP is open to all young South African citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, with a track record of leadership excellence.
  • These candidates must share the vision of the DA and must have proven themselves to be passionate leaders who are intent on making a difference in South Africa.
  • Participants must either live in South Africa or if temporarily abroad, return to South Africa in time for the start of the programme. The Young Leaders program does not cover international travel costs.
  • A personal ideological alignment with the DA’s vision of One Nation One Future, rooted in our values ​​of Freedom, Justice, Opportunity and Diversity.
  • High level of interest and knowledge of South African politics and current affairs.
  • Excellent understanding of DA principles and policies.
  • Proven track record of leadership.
  • Examples and evidence of taking initiative, stepping out of normal roles to start something new.
  • The ability to argue and reason well.
  • Passion, drive and confidence.
  • An authentic motivation for active participation in politics in the future.
  • High level of self-awareness, maturity and emotional intelligence.
  • Involvement in D.A

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Application Procedures

How to apply: Interested and eligible candidates seeking for the DA Young Leaders Program should complete and submit the online application form for this opportunity.

To apply for the Young Leaders Programme, you must submit the following:

  • This online application form completed in full, including the 2 short essay questions.
  • A video recording of maximum 60 seconds, to be uploaded via this application form (see instructions below).
  • A letter of recommendation to be uploaded via this application form (see important instructions). Please have the above video and letter ready to attach before starting the application as you cannot save your application.

Application deadline: 31 August 2022

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