The National Heritage Council congratulated the wines of the Golden Shield Heritage Awards who received their awards on the night of September 23, 2016 at a special ceremony that will be held at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberly. The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Premier of the Northern Cape Sylvia Lucas, MEC of Arts and Culture Bongi Mbinqo-Gigaba and the CEO of the National Heritage Council, Adv Sonwabile Mancotywa all shared their wish that the awards should be an annual feature to celebrate the work that is done by South Africans to preserve heritage.
The winners received a golden shield certificate, trophy and a cheque of R15,000.00 while the runners-up went home with a trophy and a R5000,00 cheque. The winners in the different categories for 2016 are:
Sol Plaatje Museum and Library (Preferred Heritage Destination)
The Sol Plaatje House Museum hosts a library for African literature, with interesting displays on Sol Plaatje’s life.The Sol Plaatje House Museum hosts a library for African literature, with interesting displays on Sol Plaatje’s life and the role of African involvement in the Anglo-Boer War.
Mr. Twin Mosia (Young Heritage Activist)
Twin is a passionate person with a sense for community development, and always participate in different heritage projects, especially teaching school going kids about the importance of history, heritage and the natural environment. He has contributed in the declaration of two sites in the Petrus Steyn area, and is currently in the process of opening a museum that will entail the historical artefacts of the town.
Ms Andrea Leenen of Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Heritage Corporate Citizen)
PAST and its key partners launched the “All from One” campaign and exhibition to celebrate Africa as the birthplace of humankind and improve the public’s awareness of their shared origins of all life forms.
Mr Goodenough Mashego (Voice of Heritage)
Mashego is a contributing editor to a regional newspaper “The Youth Voice” which is written in Sepulana. Through his company, Tenworkers Media, he has published a multi-lingual anthology of poetry in Mpumalanga. He has also co-produced and translated a 13 episode documentary that was screened on SABC 3, called the ‘Voices of Africa’.
Dr. Jan van Der Merwe (Academic Excellence)
Amongst other things, Dr. van der Merwe has done extensive research on the founding background of both Free State and Northern Cape provincial towns and cities. The end-product of which was the publication of the books: Die Vrystaatse Dorpe and Die Noord-Kaapse Dorpe. In these books, he describes in detail an inclusive history of the naming and founding of each town, place and city.
Mr Casper Jeftha (Heritage Education)
Jeftha is a pensioner who has dedicated his old age years to the promotion of heritage in Eersterust and Mamelodi townships. He has been in this campaign for over thirteen years. And for all these years, he utilizes his own funds to visit heritage sites, collect information, and then inform the communities about these sites.
Prof Cosby Mbele (National Living Treasure)
She took Harmony and Counterpoint Orchestrated African Music and educate people about the African culture, hence the nickname “Lady Africa.” She has educated African-diaspora in the US about African culture and heritage; she also negotiated with Paul Simon about a concert in Graceland in New York in which she collaborated with the iconic Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Her biographical was designed to assist her students about African culture and heritage.
Sol Plaatje Municipality (Local Government Commitment)
This local government is passionately involved in the management and promotion of many cultural heritage destinations, amongst others; Mokala National Park, the famous Big Hole, William Humphreys’ Art Gallery and the Kamfers Dam.
Zakheni Training and Development Centre (Funded Community Project)
The organisation is operating from Soshanguve – south of Pretoria in Gauteng and was established in 2003. Their programmes include; Youth development in arts, culture and heritage; Community information and development; and Leadership skills development. Their key areas of attention are indigenous knowledge systems and liberation struggle.