The annual Fruits of Democracy (FOD) dialogue and awards are presented again next week on September 21 and 23 at the Athenaeum in Central.
Now in their third year, the awards aspire to be a cultural marker in Nelson Mandela Bay where young movers and shakers of the Eastern Cape converge to be recognised for the excellence they display in the work that they do in different sectors. Nominations close on Friday, September 15.
Sesethu Gqomo from FOD said nominations were still open and people could nominate those they thought were leaders in the communities and motivate why they thought so.
“In the nominees we’re looking for people who are innovative who take and create something from the little they have and people who leave a positive mark in society. We want people who created safer spaces in our communities,” Gqomo said.
With six categories which are sports, health, education, community and public services, arts and culture and business entrepreneurship, Gqomo said FOD encouraged a positive narrative “about our people and what we do and in a way break the stereotypes”.
“What people need to understand is that you don’t have to have some sort of tertiary qualification to be a winner of even nominated, but just as long you have a passion for whatever it is you’re doing an are doing it well, then you’re more than qualified,” Gqomo said.
Author of the book Democracy and Delusion, Sizwe Mpofu, will be launching his book at FOD.
Gqomo, who was together with Mpofu at a non-partisan organisation called InkuluFreeHeid, said Mpofu, the son of EFF National Spokesperson Dali Mpofu wrote the book because he was “disillusioned by the state the country was in”.
The two day event consist of the book launch on Thursday, September 21, with discussions by NMB councillor Samantha Beynon and NEC Member of South African Youth Council Tolika Sibiya.
Day two, Friday September 22, will consist of the awards ceremony.
Both events start at 6pm and entry is free.
For more information, contact Sesethu Gqomo on 074-754-0960.