At The NYDA SA Youth Awards
The NYDA hosted the inaugural South African Youth Awards recently, at Gallagher Estates in Midrand.
Themed ‘Against All Odds’, the primary objective of the awards is to provide a platform to showcase the exceptional work and contribution that young people make in their communities and the world, as well as to tell inspiring stories of youth who have achieved extra ordinarily, despite odds and challenges.
The most sought after prize of the night, chosen from the finalists, the Presidential Award, was awarded to Nolwazi Pinkie Madlala ( 26), a physically challenged lady who has faced challenges of studying and working in an ‘able bodied world’ where adaptations and adjustments to facilitate wheel chair accessibility are not always made. She’s currently working as an intern Clinical Psychologist at 1 Military hospital, Thaba Tshwane Pretoria and will undertake a year of Community Service in 2013. Nolwazi having won in two categories received: R50 000 for the Extraordinary Champions Category and R100 000 for having won the Presidential Award (the overall award of the evening) plus a bursary sponsored by Educor valued at R100 000 for 3 years of tertiary education at Damelin.
The following were young men and women who were awarded in these different categories:
- Academic Excellence category: Peter Malati, 30, who is a Postdoctoral candidate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and runs a chemistry project in six high schools in Nokaneng Circuit in Mpumalanga mentoring rural learners in science and engineering.
- Arts and Entertainment category: Paul Modjadji, 29, who is the recipient of the Global Youth Leadership Award from the Global Youth Leadership Congress in Washington DC for his contribution to the dance community.
- Entrepreneurship category: Refilwe Ledwaba, 33, who has established the South African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry (SAWIA); a non-profit organisation aimed at empowering women in aviation.
- Extraordinary Champions category Nolwazi Pinkie Madlala, 26, who has overcome adversity and currently working on her thesis for her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.
- Health and Wellbeing category: Ross McReath, 18, who founded Tiger Titans Cricket club to provide diversion for youth in Nolukhanyo township, Eastern Cape, his club gives youth access to pro-trials and also gives them a chance to experience life beyond township boundaries.
- Science and Technology category: Sir Stuart Ntlathi, 25, who invented a 15-in-1 microwave oven, an electronic Vuvuzela and an auto shoe polisher.
- Social Cohesion category: Lebogang Bogopane, 29, who works as a volunteer at a 24-hour centre for abused/abandoned children and women, she not only counsels victims; she cooks, feed, bathes, and refers them to relevant professionals for further assistance.
- Environment category: Ntombomzi Thelma Tsotetsi, 33, who is a farmer and hosts workshops in her community teaching them about environment, climate change and how to grow organic vegetables.
Back to the event. While we waited for the hosts to take to the stage, Nothende was on stage and serenaded with some of her own material and covers. It’s common knowledge that she’s talented but her performance on the day was a perfect illustration and reminder of the extent of her talent.
Hastings rant: *In Kuli’s voice* It’s such a shame that someone talented as Nothende isn’t dominating the local scene. Says a lot about SA. Nonetheless, let’s hope she’ll finally afford the John Legend ticket she’s been grieving about.
Hosted by Generations actor Thato Molamu and Carly Fields, the ceremony took the audience through the times, From Sophiatown to modern day South Africa. Thato was on point. In fact, too good he made Carly look just ok.
In keeping with the theme, there were performances by the Mahotella Queens,
Jozi, Blondie Makhene, Teargas , Mdu ft Arthur, Chommee and Self Made Cheese (authors and performers of the NYDAs youth empowerment song; Limitless Youth, who opened and closed the award ceremony).
Jozi killed their performance as always, but that thing on Ishmizi’s head? On second thoughts, why blend in when you were born to standout?
Mdu and Arthur collaborated on stage taking everyone down memory lane with some of their hits from back in the day when V-Mash was the IT girl about town. Was refreshing though. Actor/ singer, Anga Makhubo also performed . What a talented young man.
Chommee was there gyrating as always…and performing Jiva sexy in 2012 and at an event of such prestige is just impolite.
In front of deputy ministers and all, there were legs wide open in an outfit that resembled an undie. #ThingsThatMakeUsGoTJO!!
Zizo did the red carpet and left, ever so graceful. What a lady.
Child of the soil, Ms Ntsiki Mazwai, was there looking very happy.
Each winner received R50 000 and each runner up walked away with R20 000. Educor sponsored a Damelin Student Degree Bursary (3 Years of Study) to the value of R100 000. SA Express as one of the sponsors, flew in finalists from outside of Gauteng, Blackberry sponsored an All Touch Blackberry Curve 9380 Smart phone for each winner and Unilever sponsored a goodie bag with their Motions hair care products that were given away on the evening.
Thank you JNPR for the pics, invite us again next year.