Youth awards: aim is to ‘unleash talents and jobs’

2010-12-08 00:00

THE Ugu District Municipality’s  youth development office confirmed yesterday that the Ugu District Youth Awards will be held on January 15 at the Leisure Centre.

Ugu youth development manager Sipho Khuzwayo said the inaugural youth awards aim to reward the district’s young heroes and heroines for the sterling work they have done in their respective fields.

“It also serves an opportunity to encourage the youth of Ugu to unleash their talents and create self-employment opportunities.”

Said Ugu’s youth development practitioner Arthur Mbhele, “We are looking for a person from the district who has played a pivotal role in his or her field and who has contributed towards their community.

“The person must be a role model and positively influence those around him or her.”

From today, members of the public from all six local municipalities in the district will be able to nominate candidates aged between 18 and 35 years and who they feel have excelled and would be worthy of the award.

Nominations can be made in one of seven categories: sport, music, politics, academics, professionals, business and arts and culture.

Selection committees will be set up within the municipalities and they will send their short-listed nominees to a district selection committee that will determine the overall winner on January 15.

“When possible an experienced individual from the above-mentioned fields should be included in the selection committee,” said Mbhele.

He emphasised the need to ensure that the selection process is fair.

“We have ensured that our final panel on the district selection committee is made up of experienced individuals who have no direct interest in the competition,” he said.

“The most important thing is to not have a discriminatory process; we want everybody to be included in this, regardless of the colour of their skin.”

The project has been given a R150 000 injection from the Ugu District Municipality and plans to raise R300 000 from sponsors are being finalised.

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