A first of many #SAHA

 

(SAHA Youth Empowerment Category Winner, Mncedi Nkateko Koboka & SA Positive News journalist, Mulondo Nethengwe)

 

This past weekend we had the honour to witness the first-ever South African Heroes Awards - SAHAs. Held at Uncle Tom’s hall in Orlando West, Soweto, the SAHA aimed to acknowledge our modern-day real-life heroes that are enforcing change in the lives of the marginalised and our country at large.

The event was hosted by Yo TV’s presenters, Azaria Khoza and Kholoso Lubisi, the duo brought life to the faces of the audience as the evening set in. Guests began to gather by the numbers outside the venue from as early as five o’clock.

For the evening the line up consisted of a variety of performances, from the Maskandi singer, Mude Mude, gospel sensation, Melo, hip hop artist, Chepi Sleyz, Puleng March and Thobile, as well as traditional dancers, Amabhubesi. Not forgetting the key note speaker of the evening, the General Secretary of the South African Congress of Non-profit Organisations, Tintswalo Cassandra Makhubele.

These magnificent awards were divided into four categories to honour our heroes in different spheres; Youth empowerment, Business Empowerment, Community Service, Specialised Care and Community Health. All the nominees were awarded certificates of acknowledgement before the winners were announced.

 

(SA Heroes Award finalist in the Business Empowerment category, Godfrey Mphatswe)

The winners for this year’s South African Heroes Awards went as follows; for Youth Empowerment - Mncendi Ntateko Koboka, for Business Empowerment - Sandiswa Mgolozeli, and Amstel Maboa for Community Service. Lastly, under the Specialised Care category, Anthea da Costa and Kirsten Richardson, founders of Wings of inspiration took the trophy, with Brian Kanyemba for Community Health.

The late founder of Dorah’s Ark children’s home, Gogo Dorah was given an honorary award for her selfless work for the community. Gogo Dorah’s award was received by her daughter, Thembi Radebe, who now runs the home.

(SAHA Hosts Yo TV presenters & SABC Kids News presenter Azaria Khoza & Kholosa Lubisi)

 

We have no doubt that after this event our heroes will continue to uplift communities and bring the change that we need in the country.

After awarding our winners, the organisers passed their gratitude to the guests, sponsors and of course, everyone who voted for the nominees, the music filled the room once more to dip everyone into a celebratory mood.

These awards are an initiative of SA Positive News. The organisers promise a much greater event for next year, with more nominations, entertainment and audience than you’ve ever seen before. Did you miss the SAHA 2019? Well, worry not, you might just get your chance to be a part of a much greater event. Stay tuned for more updates!

 

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By Tebogo Mphatswe

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