A POPULAR, crowd-puller event, the Ward 34 Annual Community Awards this year will not only honour deserving residents but will also pay tribute to local businessmen and businesswomen.The organisers are currently talking to a number of local businesses to use this event as a promotional exercise.According to the founder and organiser of the awards, Jerry Barnes, local business people are urged to use this opportunity in order to be known and market themselves to the community.“For this year’s event, we are opening our doors to our local business people to market themselves. You may be running a catering/decor company, panel beating/mechanical shop, electrical, building, or hardware store, day care centre, bed and breakfast, Shisa Nyama shop, insurance company, medical practice, security company, car wash etc. Come join us so that you can tell residents of Eastwood, Panorama, Cinderella Park, The Ridge, Beacon Hill, Madiba, and other nearby areas about yourself.“We are [calling on businesses] to put up your information desk and be seen during the event. Let’s treat [the event] as a business expo in order to extend our wings,”said Barnes.Barnes says the list of the nominees is growing very fast, proof that Ward 34 is really made up of great people.“If you look at the list you will see that residents of Eastwood, Panorama, Cinderella Park, Madiba, The Ridge, and Beacon Hill are special and blessed with talent in different ways,”he said.Some nominees in this year’s list include Sam Nzimande (music producer and artist); James Pedlar (a long-serving local social worker); Father Msizi Mabaso; and Uja’un McDonald, just to count a few. McDonald, from Panorama Gardens’ Youngwood, became a household name a few years ago when he took part in the U19 International Football Tournament in Durban. The former Maritzburg Christian School pupil also played for Celtic Pillars, which falls under Safa Msunduzi LFA. He started his soccer career at Pirates and Leicester City before moving to Pillars.Another interesting person on the list is Father Mabaso from Panorama.Mabaso is a former Eastwood Secondary School pupil and was officially ordained in 2017 at Eastwood’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish.The function is scheduled to take place at the Eastwood Civic Centre on September 27 from 6 pm. All local organising committee (LOC) members are asked to attend an urgent meeting on September 13 at 12.30 pm at the Eastwood Civic Centre. For event details please contact Barnes at 083 521 9553 or 078 390 7953; via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or at 8 Redwood Crescent, Panorama Gardens. — Supplied.