Mot SA awarded for helping young leaders

2017-12-05 06:00
MOT Programmes and Training Manager, Andiswa Makha, Advocacy and Social Media Manager, Julia Duminy, MOT SA Office Intern, Jacqueline Carolus, Minister of social development, Adv. Albert Fritz, MOT SA CEO, Wanda Möller.

MOT Programmes and Training Manager, Andiswa Makha, Advocacy and Social Media Manager, Julia Duminy, MOT SA Office Intern, Jacqueline Carolus, Minister of social development, Adv. Albert Fritz, MOT SA CEO, Wanda Möller.

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The efforts of a local non-profit organisation were recognised at the provincial department of social development’s Youth Excellence Awards recently.

At the awards ceremony held on Tuesday 28 November in Pinelands, Mot SA received the silver award in the Creating Youth Leaders category.

The awards recognise outstanding organisations that contribute to youth excellence and display best practice in their fields.

Mot SA, which runs its main operations out of the College of Cape Town’s Crawford campus, specialises in life-skills development among the youth. The organisation partners with educational institutions and trains their staff and students to ensure youth in South Africa become active citizens, leaders and rolemodels.

“We would like to thank the Western Cape minister of social development, Albert Fritz, for honouring our organisation with such a prestigious award. This award acknowledges the great work our partners and educators have done to strengthen our youth with awareness and courage. It recognises the work that Mot SA is doing to create youth who are self-aware, caring and driven to succeed,” says Mot CEO Wanda Möller.

Guests representing over 50 organisations from civil society and the public and private sector attended the awards ceremony.

In his welcoming address, Fritz shared his experiences of his department’s youth development efforts this year.

“We increased our budget this year by R3m to spend R15.6m on youth development initiatives. This has seen the year characterised by progress, growth and greater rural youth participation,” said Fritz.

“We held seven youth outreaches this year, which targeted rural youth, and expanded our provincial youth café footprint to seven facilities, with the launch of the Groot Brak River and Mitchell’s Plain youth cafés”, said Fritz.

He went on to honour young people who have achieved great heights this year, such as season 13 Idols winner Paxton Fielies. Paxton’s mother Crystal Fielies attended the awards.

Premier Helen Zille delivered the main address, noting that “over 60% of our population is made up of young people”.

“This means the youth are the heartbeat of our economy and broader society. And instead of waiting for opportunities to be handed to them, we have seen many young entrepreneurs – who started with very little – develop some of the most innovative ideas that have ultimately led to job creation. That is the kind of drive and determination we wish to see in the Western Cape youth.

“We are working hard to create the necessary environment for young people to access and leverage opportunity where required. And we are committed to partnerships that will level the playing field for many who do not have the access to resources.”

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