The city of Ekurhuleni in partnership with Inside Education recognized township excellence on Thursday 14 February 2019 at Emperors Palace.
In commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary, 100 influential individuals were acknowledged for their excellence in various categories such as; Arts & Culture, Justice and Law, Youth Activism and Politics, to name a few. “Inside Education came with a concept to this region of Ekurhuleni to recognize the youth that have excelled in various fields to become Ambassadors of the city” says Matema of Inside Education. This initiative aims to encourage young people to be dedicated in living a better life by showing appreciation to those who have done well for their community.
Ten-year-old Sinethemba Mqwathi is identified as the most outstanding of the 100 that were selected. Young Sinethemba from Zakheni Primary School in Duduza, is known for empowering other young girls in reaching for their dreams. “I want every young lady
to live a happy life and reach their full potential” says Sinethemba. To ensure she fulfils this purpose she started a program named “Sinethemba 7000 Girls for dreams” with the mission of showing the power of sisterhood and instilling values of self-love in young girls.
Among others recognized for their excellence was Esau Dlamini (31), the founder and editor of Community Witness newspaper, a free community publication of Duduza distributed locally in schools, clinics and community centers. Part of the shinning stars is Chairperson of Ekurhuleni East Cluster youth crime prevention desk, Thokozane Xaka (30). Under the leadership of Xaka the youth crime prevention desk was recognized by the Department of Community Safety as one of the most effective youth led crime fighting programs.
KwaTsaDuza Times’ very own managing editor, Nobuhle Thaba (23), was also among those that were recognized for their work in the community. Not only does Nobuhle run KwaTsaDuza Times, she is also the co-founder of Iso Lembongi Creations, a non-profit arts organization that focuses on developing and nurturing talent in creative writing and different forms of art.
Keynote Speaker The City of Ekurhuleni Executive, Cllr Mayor Mzwandile Masina, highlighted that the city is proud of these young people implementing change in their communities. Mayor Masina also announced that the city would take practical steps in investing R10million towards University bursary funds to propel the city’s vision by investing in rare skills and technology, because a “solid youth equates to a solid country”.