Students to honour community builders

BY SUPPLIED - NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) Mthatha campus will play host to some of the country’s leading and most influential figures during the third annual Community Builders

Appreciation Awards on Monday 16 November.

Politicians, kings, queens, academics, journalists, radio personalities, lawyers, religious leaders, amongst others, will descend upon Mthatha to receive their just rewards for work done in the community in promoting the principles of Ubuntu, patriotism and authentic leadership.

“The Let It Rain Association (LIRA) joins the millions of South Africans in celebrating these achievements by these extraordinary human beings. These awards are those whom have played a significance role in their respective communities when it comes to community development,” says awards CEO and WSU BA General final-year student Sinoyolo Nokhutywa (25).

LIRA, a Non-Profit Organization (NPO), was initially started in 2010 but later officially registered in September 2013 by 10 WSU students from the institution’s Nelson Mandela Drive Site in Mthatha.

The organization seeks to develop the community across a number of spheres, including community leadership, higher education awareness, HIV/Aids awareness, health, whist also lobbying and advocating for the disadvantaged.

“It’s to this backdrop that we saw the need to appreciate all the people that played a significant role in the development of our democracy,” says Nokhutywa.

The categories in which people will be awarded include Best Political Community Builder, Best Traditional Community Builder, Best Religious Community Builder, Best Sport Community Builder, Best Music Community Builder, Best Youth Community Builder, Best Women Community Builder, Best Journalism Community Builder, amongst others.

Heroes to be honoured include former EC Premier Nosimo Balindlela, EC Premier Phumulo Masualle, EC MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane, King Ramabulana Mphephu of Venda, Queen Modjadji of Lobedu, Nkosi Nganomhlaba Mathanzima of abaThembu, Umhlobo Wenene FM’s Putco Mafani, Daily Dispatch reporter Lulamile Feni, renowned artist Prof Pitika Ntuli, motivational speaker and businesswoman Zanele Mbokazi-Nkambule, traditional Xhosa dance group Isingqi, as well as WSU Mthatha Campus Rector Prof Jay Jadezweni.

“We encourage the government to take recognition of those who do well out of the goodness of their heart and expect no reward than seeing the development of the republic. We further call on all youngsters to take part in all activities that could enhance our freedom instead of sitting and doing nothing,” says Nokhuytwa.