Individuals and organisation who have contributed to improving the lives of the people of Gauteng have been recognized for their efforts at the Premier’s Service Excellence award held earlier this evening at Gallagher estate.
The annual event is an opportunity for the Premier to recognise contributions made by public servants, business, Non-Governmental Organisations and the civil society in improving the socio-economic growth and transformation of Gauteng.
Deserving public servants and members of the public were recognised in the following categories:
The Social Transformation category recognizes those who positively contribute towards building cohesive and sustainable communities and was awarded to the following recipients in the following sub categories
The Dignity Packs Project from the Gauteng Department of Social Development received the Gold trophy in this category.
Situated in Tshwane, the Regional Training Centre was identified by the Department of Health to be
used as a skills development centre. The Regional Training Centre is aimed at building the skills and
competencies of all health workers to enable the rendering of high quality health care services and
to respond to the emerging burden of disease. The centre is currently accredited as a service provider
to offer the Health Promotion Certificate for Community Health Care Workers by the Quality Council
for Trades and Occupation.
Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture
Akunamlilo Fire Fighters (AFF) is an organisation designed to stop the spread of shack fires. Akunamlilo Fire Fighters provides shack dwellers with fire extinguishers and trains them on how to respondto fires. In South Africa, there is a common pattern of shack dwellers next to airports, estates andindustries as dwellers are able to then access places of employment easily. When these fires occur,work in these organisations slows down due to employee absenteeism. AFF therefore seeks fundingfrom these places of employment to fund the acquisition and distribution of the fire extinguishers so that work is not disrupted.
The Economic Growth category recognizes projects or initiatives that made an exceptional contribution in improving the livelihood of communities and wider nation building. They will be recognised for playing a role in introducing innovative economic activities aimed at growing the economy through job creation,and collaborations which resulted in development, transformation and general improvement in living standards. Nominees must demonstrate profound and radical change that has taken place as a result of their contribution. The Economic Growth awards were awarded to the following recipients in the following sub categories
Inclusive Economy Award
Sophiatown:The Mix, situated in the historic suburb of Sophiatown, is the social enterprise arm of the registered non-profit Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre. The BizCre8 programme of Sophiatown:The Mix is focused on developing the next generation of youth owned green economy focussed businesses.
BizCre8 is funded by the Green Fund, an initiative of the Department of Environmental Affairs and managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Bizcre8 seeks to assist in moving the Gauteng economy onto a low-carbon, environmentally sustainable trajectory while also addressing the problems of youth unemployment and boosting economic growth through the creation of new businesses.
Development received the Gold award in this category.
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