Mtwalume hero honoured

2011-11-30 00:00

BONGANI Miya of Mtwalume was named man of the year by Brothers for Life at a glittering ceremony in Protea Hotel in Johannesburg recently.

Miya, who works in operations for a local sugar mill, was nominated and won the man of the month award for July.

“I was very surprised when I heard I was nominated.

“I was called by a DJ and was on air. I thought it was a scam call,” said the father of two.

He added that he did not realise that his community took notice of what he was doing.

“I just like helping people. I like to see everyone happy. If they are sad then I am sad.”

Miya said people in his community call on him when they are in need of any assistance and he is always willing to assist no matter the cost.

Nowadays men have been labelled as monsters, he added, but it is up to real men to “stand up and do good”.

Miya said, “No matter how small you think your good deed is every bit counts. Together we can all make a positive difference in our communities.

“It is up to us to create a better life for us and our families.”

Miya said he lays out a challenge to “every man out there” to take responsibility for their families and the community’s wellbeing.

The man of the year award is recognition of men who work tirelessly and voluntarily in their communities.

Brothers For Life is a radio talk show which is broadcast through 11 SABC radio stations in the country.

The show provides men and their families with essential information on how to be a Brother for Life. It also identifies and recognises those Brothers for Life who are already out there working in their communities.

Throughout the year each station has a nomination for a brother of the month. Based on these nominations, the overall winners are announced at the awards ceremony and presented with man of the year awards.

The nominations are forwarded by community members.

Miya was flown to Johannesburg by SABC Education for the awards.

“I never ever thought that I would be flying on a plane in my lifetime.

“It was a wonderful and scary experience at the same time.” he said.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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