Nominate your 2017 Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year
Keegan Hull (youth category) and Mabele Mtubeli (open category) were 2016’s The Herald Citizen of the Year winners. Nominations are now open for 2017.

The Herald is calling for nominations for The Herald Citizen of the Year 2017 awards. This means that if you know someone who is living to leave a legacy, then this is your chance to spread the good news about what they do uplift the community.

Originally launched in 1989, The Herald Citizen of the Year Award recognises those who positively contribute to the community and who aim to build and maintain community projects which support the wellbeing of others.

It is a distinctly Eastern and Southern Cape project, actively seeking out unsung heroes and heroines and holding them up as ambassadors.

The Herald expanded the event by introducing The Herald Youth Citizen of the Year Award in 2015. This award encourages and recognises young individuals aged from 15 to 23 who are making a positive difference in their community.

The award for the Herald Young Citizen of the Year provides a platform for young individuals of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to be recognised for going that extra mile to make a difference for good.

The Herald Citizen of the Year Awards also provides an unique opportunity to boost the morale of our region, promote positive city ambassadors and salute our legacies.

We encourage YOU – the public – to nominate our local heroes of Nelson Mandela Bay so that we can showcase the tireless efforts these individuals put in to ensuring a better and healthier community.

Citizen of the Year

Here is what you will need to nominate someone:

  • You and your nominee’s name, e-mail address and phone numbers;
  • A short motivation of 300 words for why you think this person should be recognised.

When you have this information, click the link to submit your nomination:

Written nominations should be submitted to the NMU North Campus Library, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber or Varsity College in Ring Road, Greenacres.

Entries remain open until September 8.

The decision as to who will be The Herald Citizen of the Year this year lies in the hands of four judges.

This year six finalists will be chosen – three from the open category and three from the youth category.

Open category nominees must be 24 and older while the youth category nominees must be between 15 and 23. The judges are:

  • Brett Horner – editor of The Herald and Weekend Post;
  • Andrew Muir – executive director of the Wilderness Foundation;
  • Michael Barry – head of the arts and culture department at Nelson Mandela University;
  • Zodwa Dube – board member of the Igazi Foundation and 2015 Citizen of the Year winner.

People living in the circulation area of The Herald – which extends as far as Mossel Bay, George, Graaff-Reinet and East London – can nominate a person or enter themselves.

Over the next few weeks, The Herald will profile nominees who stand a chance of becoming finalists.

Barry, a longstanding judge, said one of the major criteria for this year’s awards was “volunteerism”.

“We will be looking at those who do something different through volunteering, whether they are part of an organisation or a one-man show,” he said.

Barry said the same applied to the youth categories, where youngsters worked outside of school times to help their communities.

“We want positive role models who encourage that type of community involvement,” he said.

Dube said she was keeping an eye out for someone who had a passion and was able to see beyond their own needs to assist others.

“I am excited and am looking forward to seeing who will be nominated. There are so many people doing good work – we need a lot more to make this country a better place,” she said.


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