Five men will represent the Northern Cape as finalists for Men of the Year Awards 2018.The five men have dedicated themselves to become ambassadors of transformation and nation building through being positive role models in their communities.Jabe Damons, Tebogo Obusitse, Thapelo Kgakatsi, James Mothibi and Thabiso Mogorosi will attend the South African Man of the Year award ceremony in Johannesburg later this month.They are finalists in different categories – leadership, arts and culture, sports and science and technology.The South African Man of the Year awards was launched in 2015 by Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa as an initiative of the Department of Social Development’s Men’s Forum, in partnership with other sectors in men’s movements. The initiative is not a competition, but a way of profiling the men.Tebogo Obusitse is a finalist in the leadership category, along with Jabe Damons from the John Taolo Gaetsewe Region. Obusitse, chairperson for the Northern Cape Men’s Forum and Operation Wanya Tsotsi, is no stranger to the initiative as he made it to the nationals in 2017.He vows to continuously be part and parcel of any challenges that society is facing, instead of folding his arms and pointing to others.Thapelo Kgakatsi is a finalist in the arts and culture category. He is the director of the Phuthanang based Ubuhle cultural group which focuses on dancing, drumming and social skills programmes.Thabiso Mogorosi is a finalist in the science and technology category and is the provincial co-ordinator for African Team gigs. They act as the middle man between Google and South Africa by giving free coding classes at Unisa. James Mothibi from Magareng and former Orlando Pirates striker returned to the province to plough back in the form of sports and to instil positive mentality by opening a sports academy in Warrenton. Voting lines for the nominees will close on 29 November before announcements will be made coinciding with International Men’s Month. To vote for the five finalists dial *120*72636# and follow the options. Voting closes at midnight on 29 November.