South African Cultural Observatory

Fourth Annual Fruits of Democracy Awards

BY 08.10.18

THE Fruits of Democracy Awards, established in 2015, aspires 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.

This initiative has two main components, the Dialogues and the Awards. The dialogues focus on broad topics such as Heritage and Democracy in South Africa. We have dedicated ourselves as a team to flagging and celebrating the best talent in the Bay. We do this with the help of our partners and we are encouraged by the commitment of the supporters of the brand who are keeping us accountable. This support is the reason why we are now approaching the next phase of our existence. Young people of Nelson Mandela Bay and the Eastern Cape continue to inspire us whenever they focused on their crafts and talents, even against all the challenges they face. Our disposition is to celebrate and flag out these efforts and hope that others will be inspired to do even better. This is how we see our economic and cultural contribution to be in Nelson Mandela Bay.

FRUITS OF DEMOCRACY 2018

The 4th Annual Fruits of Democracy Awards are upon us and we are so excited to have come this far. Our theme for the year is, “Mandela Bay: The meeting place”. This theme seeks to put focus on the legacy of Nelson Mandela not just as a person or an icon but as an embodiment of ideals that reflect democracy. Mandela was a meeting place and a touchstone for all discussions about constitutionality, peace and democracy in the global sense. We look at Mandela as a lens through which we understand and live out our democracy. This iconic figure has given his name to this Metro was a humanitarian and global colossus leader who continues to inspire the living and their deeds years after his passing. As the youth of Nelson Mandela Bay, we should take on the mantle and legacy of this icon whose name we carry as the citizens on region. The 4th Annual Fruits of Democracy Awards will be, yet again, awarding more of such inspiring youth between the ages of 14-35 years who exhibit these exemplary traits. The categories are:

• Excellence in Education

• Excellence in Sports

• Excellence in Arts and Culture

• Excellence in Community and Public Service

• Excellence in Business

Nomination Forms are found via Heraldlive. https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2018-09-14-searchon-for-fruits-of-democracy-young-achievers/ .

Nominees will be adjudicated against the following criteria:

Community Engagement: To what extent has the nominee demonstrated a deep engagement with community?

Game Changer: To what extent has the nominee demonstrated innovation in the work that they do?

Measurable outcomes: Is it possible to measure/quantify what the nominee has achieved?

Sustainability: what are the possibilities to upscale the work that the nominee is doing?

Ie pay it forward It is therefore crucial that you provide as much detailed information as you possibly can of the nominee

Partnerships Fruits of Democracy as an NPO has partnered with few organisation in order to bring about an excellent night of Awards. We have therefore partnered with Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), Coco-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT), Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), The Red Location Art Gallery, The Athenaeum, The Herald Newspaper, Sesethu Gqomo Communications (SGComms), Tinashe Media, Black Hat, and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. Details Khaya Dlanga’s Book Launch, “These things really do happen to me”

• Facilitator: Olwam Mnqwazi

• Guest Artist: Khaya Dlanga

• Venue: Port Elizabeth City Hall

• Date: 26 October 2018 • Time: 09:00 am • Fee: Free 4 th Annual FOD Awards

• Programme Directors: Nozi Qamngana and Xabiso Zweni

• Guest Artist: Asanda Mqiki (New Solo Album called, ‘Nobakithi’)

• Venue: Athenaeum

• Date: 26 October 2018

• Time: 18:30

• Fee: Free • Dress Code: Show off your local designer

We truly hope that this partnership will grow from strength to strength and from glory to glory all in the effort of recognising and award the best of the Bay. Statement attributed to: MR Olwam Mnqwazi FOD Coordinator & Co-Founder

For further information and interviews, please contact: Miss Sesethu Gqomo FOD Media and Communications 074 754 0960

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