Impumelelo shortlist announced
TWENTY-FIVE projects have been shortlisted for the Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards, with the winner due to be announced next Saturday.
The awards, which are in association with Distell Development Trust, saw 64 projects submitted nationwide.
The projects seek to bring about effective solutions to pressing service delivery issues.
The independent judging panel travelled the country to evaluate each project and select the finalists.
The shortlisted finalists have already presented their work to the national selection committee at an event held at the V&A Waterfront in August. This year’s award winners will be announced at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday.
Rhoda Kadalie, executive director of Impumelelo, said the awards offered them the opportunity to find an array of people and organisations that contribute positively to the country.
“After a rigorous vetting and selection process spanning several months, the panel will announce the award winners next month. These awards give us a unique opportunity to identify and promote a dynamic pool of talented and dedicated change makers who strive to address a wide range of challenges plaguing disadvantaged communities,” said Kadalie.
“This year’s finalists are particularly doing exceptional work in alleviating the unemployment crisis plaguing the country.”
Among the Western Cape finalist projects are a school counselling service for traumatised youth in Cape Town, a land reform project in the Free State and Western Cape that secures property rights for black South Africans and a national health care pilot project in Oudtshoorn.
The healthcare project has launched in Bridgeton, Oudtshoorn, in preparation for the rollout of the National Health Insurance (NHI) and focuses on developing community care workers for rural areas.
Community Keepers in Cape Town is a school-based development organisation that seeks to provide psychological services in underprivileged schools for traumatised children.
There is currently one psychologist and one social worker per 40 schools and the organisation looks to fill the critical need for counselling, therapy and referral services to primary and high school pupils and teachers.
Also shortlisted as a finalist is Luvuyo Rani, a Khayelitsha teacher that started Silulo Ulutho Technologies, which is an initiative to bring technology to disadvantaged communities by starting an internet cafe. He now offers accredited computer skills training in 42 branches in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape and has trained 29 000 students of whom 80% are women.
Community Keepers, which provides counselling and social care for children with psycho-social problems.