The 2020 Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer Competition

JP Marais van OVK (tweede van links) is by die ALFA-galadinee as die Toyota SA Nasionale Jong Afslaer van 2019 gekroon. Saam met hom op die foto, van links na regs, is Johan van der Nest, afslaer en beoordelaar, Annalie Lerm van Toyota SA en Barco van Niekerk, 2018 se wenner.

Plaas Media is holding its seventh annual Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer competition in 2020. The competition launched in 2013 with only one event during that year, but it has since grown in stature, now incorporating regional rounds in almost all provinces at various agricultural events throughout the year.

Participants get to show off their skills during the regional rounds and compete against each other in the hope of qualifying for the national round which will take place at the NAMPO ALFA Livestock, Hunting and Outdoor Expo at NAMPO Park outside Bothaville from 24 to 26 September 2020.

The ultimate goal is to walk away with the coveted title of Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer of the year. This qualifies the winner to represent South Africa at the Calgary Stampede in Canada.

More about the competition

The competition was launched to help stimulate the development of the auctioneering profession and to identify new and upcoming auctioneers in the industry. The competition also gives young auctioneers the opportunity to practice and compare their skills to industry standards.

The competition is aimed at up-and-coming auctioneers and participants are divided into two categories, based on their age. Participants between the ages of 13 to 18 can participate in the junior category. By participating in this age group, potential auctioneers get plenty of exposure to the industry from a young age.

Participants between the ages of 19-35 can participate in the young category. By entering in this category, young auctioneers are given an opportunity to enter the industry.

Participants will be judged according to rostrum performance and their ability to auction off certain lots. The judges look at rhythm, voice control, presentation, livestock knowledge, audience interaction and auctioneering protocol.

Toyota SA has been the proud name sponsor of this competition since its second year.

Categories in the 2020 competition

  • Junior category: Younger than 19 years.
  • Young category: 19 to 30 years.

Not all categories will be presented at each regional competition. The auctioneering competition’s 2020 calendar below showcases which categories will be competing at which event.

Previous Young Auctioneer winners

2014: André van Zyl
2015: Gareth Hughes
2016: Steven Mathews
2017: Gavin Mathews
2018: Barco van Niekerk
2019: JP Marais

Van Zyl participated in Australia, but all other winners since him, carried the SA flag at the Calgary Stampede in Canada. All previous winners are currently employed in the industry, either owning their own businesses or as livestock auctioneers at different auction houses.

More than 100 different young auctioneers participated in the various competitions in the past five years. The impact of the competition has been huge and provides a foothold for young people wishing to enter the industry.

This competition is proudly supported by Plaas Media’s magazine brands, Veeplaas and Stockfarm.

The first leg of this year’s competition will be held at the Bloem Show. Click here for more information.

If you think you have what it takes to be crowned the country’s best young auctioneer for 2020, send an email to so that we can send you an entry form. Entry is free. – Claudi Nortjé, Plaas Media