Alfred Nzo presents special awards

2015-12-02 06:00
Some of the award winners at the Alfred Nzo annual award ceremony held in Matatiele last Friday.                                                       Photo:SUPPLIED

Some of the award winners at the Alfred Nzo annual award ceremony held in Matatiele last Friday. Photo:SUPPLIED

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CONSTITUTIONAL Court Judge, Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, was among the top outstanding individuals who received Special Awards from the Alfred Nzo District Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Eunice Diko and the Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, during the second annual Alfred Nzo Communicators and Media Awards, that was held at the Maluti Civic Centre recently.

Madlanga, who hails from Mount Frere, was joined by the former Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO, Lumko Mtimde who is also the former SABC Board Member, Chief Jongilanga Sigcau and comedian Ntombifuthi ‘Nomakhisimsi’ Ncwayiba were honoured with Mayor’s Special Awards intended to be bestowed to the Alfred Nzo district’s greatest sons and daughters who defied all odds to excel in their fields of expertise.

Accepting the special award Justice Madlanga said, “I have been receiving awards and recognition from across the country and abroad, all accompanied by money, but not even a single one will ever beat this honour that I am receiving here in my home district today.” Mtimde also shared the same sentiments. Ntombifuthi Ncwayiba showed her excitement by sharing one of her jokes.

Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said she was so excited that the Alfred Nzo District Municipality was taking communications so seriously to the point of developing the concept of rewarding excellence in its communication system, including external role players. “When I first heard about this initiative I asked myself how did they come to think of this, because this is service delivery in itself that we tend to forget – people know about government’s activities through the communication system,” said the deputy minister.

“I will make sure that the department of communications partner with the Alfred Nzo District Municipality to turn this award ceremony into a provincial event,” stated Ndabeni-Abrahams.

In her welcoming remarks Alfred Nzo District Municipality Executive Mayor, Eunice Diko, said, “These awards honour government communicators, community development workers, journalists and also honour individuals who have continued to fly the Alfred Nzo district flag across the country and internationally in various fields, acting as brand ambassadors for the district”.

Diko further said the purpose of the awards was to develop and maintain a strong relationship between the district communications stakeholders, thus resulting in an improved communications system with communities.

“The awards should inspire both communicators in government and in the media fraternity to go beyond their call of duty and produce work ofthe highest standard and in so doing empowering communities with information and help strengthen democracy.

The awards which are aimed at recognising and encouraging excellence in the district communications system saw Matatiele’s Khoboso Lebenya stealing the limelight by scooping two prestigious awards, namely the Innovative Government Communicator and the Best Communicator of the Year awards. The Community Develoment Worker of the Year went to Ayanda Langa from Umzimvubu Local Municipality. Best Development Story went to Zoliswa Mayila, editor of Izwi Le Afrika newspaper and Best Local Print Journalist was won by Andile Nomabhunga, the editor of the Informer community paper. Inkonjane Community Radio won the Innovative Current Affairs Programme.

“The expected outcome of the awards is to see a rejuvenated government communications system which will trigger social dialogue and public participation between members of the media, civil society partners and most importantly our people”, said Diko.

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