Hon­our­ing SA men who make a dif­fer­ence

The Sunday Independent - - WORLD - AMANDA MALIBA

THE SA Men Of The Year Awards are set to hon­our five of Mzansi’s leg­ends for their self­less work and lead­er­ship on November 29.

The awards, held dur­ing in­ter­na­tional Men’s Month, is part of an ini­tia­tive by the Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment’s Men’s Fo­rum.

This aim is to cel­e­brate men who con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence, while also en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the process of na­tion build­ing and the pro­tec­tion of women and chil­dren.

The five leg­ends are Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu, Pro­fes­sor Stan Sang­weni, Jonas Gwangwa, Dr Sam Mot­suenyane, and Pro­fes­sor Mshengu Muzi Tsha­bal­ala.

Men’s Fo­rum chair­per­son Bongani Ngo­mane said: “Th­ese men need to be cel­e­brated for mak­ing it in life against all odds, with­out steal­ing from any­one, with­out hurt­ing any­one or their spouse.”

Other men will be cel­e­brated for their out­stand­ing work in 12 ad­di­tional cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Com­mu­nity Builder, En­tre­pre­neur, Youth De­vel­oper and Man of The Year.

“We, as the govern­ment, were con­cerned about the nar­ra­tive around gen­der is­sues in the coun­try and men’s po­si­tion­ing in the coun­try be­cause they are pre­sented as a prob­lem­atic sec­tor of so­ci­ety.

“We thought then that we need to change the di­a­logue and nar­ra­tive that “FEM­I­NIN­ITY is what makes you strong, it’s what makes you a fear­less woman.” This was said by group mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of As­cendis Health, Juliet Mor­ri­son, at a women’s busi­ness break­fast, the first of many. Jacaranda FM and health sup­ple­ment brand Chela-Fer hosted the break­fast to cel­e­brate some of South Africa’s most fear­less women in var­i­ous fields. www.iol.co.za/ en­ter­tain­ment/celebrity-news/lo­cal/jacaranda-fm-cel­e­brates-sas­fear­less-women-17840930 the coun­try is taking around gen­der is­sues. Let us see men in a pos­i­tive light,” said Ngo­mane.

He also high­lighted that this is in no way ig­nor­ing gen­der vi­o­lence and other atroc­i­ties that are hap­pen­ing within so­ci­ety, but the cam­paign aug­ments the fight.

“We are com­ple­ment­ing the fight against gen­der-based vi­o­lence, that is why our motto says: ‘We are trans­form­ing South African Men’.

“The awards are not a com­pe­ti­tion but a way of re-brand­ing South African men, pro­fil­ing pos­i­tive male role mod­els in our so­ci­ety and chang­ing the nar­ra­tive of who and what South African men rep­re­sent.”

The cer­e­mony will be hosted by Sello Maake ka Ncube and Ali­cia Jali.

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