Former president applauds NPO

2019-04-17 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedPastor Jabulani Dlamini of Arise and Shine handing over a recognition award to the former president Jacob Zuma.

PHOTO: suppliedPastor Jabulani Dlamini of Arise and Shine handing over a recognition award to the former president Jacob Zuma.

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FORMER ANC and South African president Jacob Zuma has applauded non-profit organisation Arise and Shine for the good it is doing for the community.

Zuma was speaking at the recognition awards held at Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday evening.

These awards were organised by Arise and Shine.

The aim was to recognise and honour people who have contributed positively in assisting the different communities around Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Nine people were recognised including Zuma, acting KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, uMgungundlovu Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo, Zanele Mbokazi, Muzi Sibiya of uMgungundlovu FM, member of KZN Legislature Sipho Gcabashe, deputy speaker of KZN Legislature Meshack Radebe, Lydia Johnson and Pastor John Van Niekerk.

Speaking at the awards, Zuma said it is very rare for individuals or organisations to recognise people who play a role in assisting and giving back to the community.

He said most of the people always want to criticise other people’s work instead of recognising and encouraging them.

“People who are doing good in the community need to be recognised so that they can be encouraged by that. Their recognition will also encourage other people who have done nothing to stand up and start doing something.

“People who do a lot of things for the community do not get the recognition they deserve,” he said.

Zuma said Arise and Shine is a good example in the community. He said there are big organisations that have been formed a long time ago but they have not done anything like this.

“There are a lot of people who have done great things but they never get an opportunity to be recognised.

“We need people who have an eye to see this. I wish you all the best. I wish that you can grow and teach other people in the country that heroes and heroines needs to be recognised.

Zuma also encouraged those who were recognised not to stop doing great things for their communities.

He said it is very important to be recognised by organisations like Arise and Shine because it shows that you are doing a great job down in the community.

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