Recog­nis­ing lo­cal movers and shak­ers

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

They say it’s bet­ter to recog­nise per­sons while they are still alive than af­ter they have passed.

Home­grown dancer Jonty Stander is do­ing just that through the up­com­ing 035 Awards next month.

The sec­ond an­nual awards cer­e­mony will be held at Em­pan­geni Civic Cen­tre on Sat­ur­day, 1 De­cem­ber.

The aim is to recog­nise the re­gion’s movers and shak­ers in var­i­ous fields.

This com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive is headed by en­ter­tainer Stander of SA’s Got Tal­ent fame.

‘Af­ter the first awards cer­e­mony last year, we saw the im­pact it had in the re­gion and wanted to con­tinue recog­nis­ing our lo­cal tal­ent and peo­ple mak­ing waves in our area.

‘The idea came be­cause I could see a lack of recog­ni­tion for my fel­low en­ter­tain­ers who are hus­tling to get to the top.

‘This re­gion has too much tal­ent which re­mains un­recog­nised, so these awards serve as a plat­form to show­case that we can com­pete with the best in the coun­try.

‘For years, re­gional artists have voiced their dis­sat­is­fac­tion at not re­ceiv­ing any recog­ni­tion or plat­forms to show­case their craft,’ said Jonty.

Since news of the awards be­came known, the so­cial me­dia has been buzzing from Zu­l­u­lan­ders who be­lieve the awards bring a pos­i­tive im­pact to the re­gion.

The event will also fea­ture lo­cal beau­ties who will be gunning for the Miss 035 beauty ti­tle, while live per­for­mances by Stander, Noid Supremo, Young Scar, Kris Karma, Diba Short­steiger, Hur­ri­canez and a huge line-up of lo­cal artists will en­sure a top class event.

It will also in­clude a fash­ion show from var­i­ous de­sign­ers such as Rude­gangSA, RARE, Pure Race, Head­line, El Dam­bie, Gotta Be Rich, Triple C and many more. The event will be­gin at 2pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion or seat book­ings, con­tact Jonty on 081 7943939 or [email protected], or visit the web­site www.

Home­grown dancer and awards event founder, Jonty Stander

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