The Witness subscribes to all the basic tenets of fair practice entrenched in the Consumer Protection Act and runs competitions as a device for encouraging regular purchase and / or subscription to its papers. Some competitions may be aimed exclusively at non-regular readers, and others will be aimed at existing readers. Some will provide equal opportunities for both existing as well as potential new readers. The following rules are designed to ensure fair play in all instances:

1. Witness Staff and their immediate families as well as those of sponsors of prizes are ineligible for entry into competitions run in our publications.
2. Winners will be required to verify that they qualify to enter and to provide proof of identity and sign acknowledgement of acceptance of the prize offered.
3. SMS competitions are charged at R1,50 per sms in terms of the CPA and entrants may submit as many entries as they wish. There is no entry fee for any competition run by the paper, although travel prizes may at times require the payment of baggage insurance and port duties as dictated by the prize sponsors.
4. All prize winners are identified by way of a random draw from all entries submitted.
5. Closing and announcement dates are published alongside each competition.
6. Winners will be announced in the print edition of the Witness. In addition, The Witness will make all  reasonable efforts to contact the winner telephonically. If the winner is uncontactable that person’s right to the prize will be deemed to have been waived, and the prize will be forfeited. The Witness reserves the right to award the prize to the next randomly drawn participant.
7. Unless otherwise stated, winners of a prize whether on the Witness website or in the print edition of the paper, will not be eligible to win another prize within a 3 month period.
8. The Witness may elect to publish the winners name and image at no cost
9. Prizes are not transferable and The Witness reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of a comparable value, should the offered prize for any reason, not be available. Subject to the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, the specification of  the prize in any advertisement may differ from the prize presented.
10. The Witness does not hold itself responsible for any technical failures, with regard to submission of entries and does not hold itself responsible for any entry that has bee omitted from the draw.
11. The Witness may refuse at its discretion to award a prize to a particular contestant, if in its opinion any entry conditions have not been adhered to, or if it detects any irregularities or fraudulent activities, relating to the entry/s of a said contestant.
12. The Witness reserves the right to amend these rules at its own discretion at any time and entry into any one of its competitions implies acceptance of all rules in place at the time of the running of the competition in question.

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