Free Staters honoured

2015-06-10 06:00


HOST of prominent figures in the Free State will be bestowed with an Alfred Nzo Award at a function honouring the freedom fighter on Sunday (24/05).

The event is an initiative of the Alfred Nzo branch of the ANC in the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

The recipients of the awards for 2015 include politicians, as well as sports and media personalities.

They are Elias “Ace” Magashule, Free State premier; Butana Komphela, MEC for Police, Roads and Transport; Pule “Tate” Makgoe, MEC for Education; Sisi Ntombela, MEC for Social Development; Sebenzile Ngangelizwe, mayor of Matjhabeng; Thabethe Mpembe, the Free State police commissioner; radio personalities Chomane Chomane and Thuso Motaung, both of Lesedi FM; as well as Molefi Ntseki, who is head coach of the South African u.17 boys’ soccer squad.

Ntseki will receive an award in the category sport and community development, Magashule for public service governance and leadership, Ntombela for community social protection, Makgoe for public service education, Komphela for community crime ­prevention and community safety, Ngangelizwe for public service governance and local government and Mpembe for crime prevention and community safety.

Motaung and Chomane will receive awards in the category community development.

The Thabong Police Station in Welkom has also been nominated to receive an award for crime prevention and community safety.

The selection criteria for the awards include selfless service, dedication and professionalism that inspires and encourages others and promotes community development.

These principles are seen as parallel to the values of the late Nzo, who died in 2000.

Thanduxolo Khalipha, chairperson of the Alfred Nzo branch in Welkom and ward councillor, says the annual awards ceremony honours the late Nzo as someone, “who put people first and fought for them during the struggle in order to realize the dreams of ordinary people.

“By honouring individuals and institutions that share his vision of building a better life for fellow South Africans, we will keep his memory and legacy alive,” says Khalipha

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