Im­pumelelo short­list an­nounced

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - LUKE FOLB

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.

PIC­TURES: ELLEN ELMENDORP

Com­mu­nity Keep­ers, which pro­vides coun­selling and so­cial care for chil­dren with psy­cho-so­cial prob­lems.

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