Young In­de­pen­dent Awards: 15 short­listed

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

FIF­TEEN young peo­ple who are achiev­ing great things have been se­lected by In­de­pen­dent Me­dia for the 2017 Young In­de­pen­dent Awards.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at an event to be held at the Houghton Golf Club on Wed­nes­day. They stand a chance to win R250 000 to­wards their com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment work.

“While we can­not reach all of the youth mak­ing a dif­fer­ence across South Africa, we have se­lected those do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally phenom­e­nal work,” said Saa­jida Fran­cis, editor of The Young In­de­pen­dents.

“Our aim is to recog­nise and sup­port the ef­forts be­ing made by the youth of South Africa to­wards the up­lift­ment of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“It’s ex­cit­ing be­cause all 100 can­di­dates and the 15 fi­nal­ists have been nom­i­nated by the pub­lic or scouted by our jour­nal­ism team, so it re­ally is an award from and for the peo­ple.”

The Young In­de­pen­dent Awards are aimed at cel­e­brat­ing the ef­forts of youth in a so­ci­ety where young peo­ple are tra­di­tion­ally por­trayed as trou­ble­mak­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Mike Nt­sasa, group ex­ec­u­tive pub­lic sec­tor and founder of The Young In­de­pen­dents: “A lot of the time, es­pe­cially in South Africa, the youth only make head­line news when they are in­volved in trou­ble­mak­ing or when there is an ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis. We see framed images of youth in protests and vi­o­lence. When the tide turns, we must cel­e­brate.”

Dr Iqbal Survé, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, added: “We want to nur­ture a cul­ture of lead­er­ship among South Africa’s youth, and in­cen­tivis­ing good lead­er­ship prac­tices will en­able us to groom the kind of lead­ers we want to run our coun­try, teach our chil­dren and heal the na­tion.” – Staff Re­porter

PIC­TURE: DU­MISANI DUBE

‘CEL­E­BRATE’: Mike Nt­sasa, group ex­ec­u­tive pub­lic sec­tor and founder of The Young In­de­pen­dents.

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