The Southern African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for youth development, Buti Manamela, honoured four youth clubs last Friday for their good community work in the areas of art, entrepreneurship, sports and education.
Each club received R10 000 prize money, certificate of honour and excellence as well as a trophy. The top clubs were selected from twelve finalists who hail from Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The clubs participated in the Dreamers Awards by submitting their entry forms in a number of categories including entrepreneurship, education, sports, arts and culture. An external independent panel of adjudicators assessed entries and shortlisted twelve clubs who were then invited to attend the Dreamers Awards – all costs covered by SAAYC.
“Our programmes influence positive thinking among young people and providing opportunities for these youths within our stable – I’m humbled to honour these young heroes today,” said Jeff Mkhwanazi, Executive Director at SAAYC.
Vuka Mzansi is the overall winner in the Education category. Based in North West Province, the club equipped more than 50 young people with computer skills despite having only one computer.
Ghetto Connection is the overall winner in the Sports category. Based in Gauteng Province, the club encourages young people to participate in different activities such as karate, netball, soccer and indigenous games. Lenstword Initiatives is also based in Gauteng and is the overall winner in the Entrepreneurship category. The club organises entrepreneurship workshops and trainings for young community members.
Dinaletsana tsa Bokamoso is the overall winner in the Art category. Based in the Free State Province, the club focuses on Setswana choreography (known as pharatlhatlhe), music composition, drama, poetry and dance. It also teaches learners from various schools about the importance of heritage and crime prevention.
“We go all-out to provide the best support and opportunities possible for our youth clubs. We can’t do this alone and appreciate the Presidency and Deputy Minister for their support. We hope they will continue to work with us next year for our 4th SAAYC Annual Dreamers Awards as we recognise youth clubs that stand out through their activities, performance, growth and talent.”