This year’s Young Community Shapers Gala event 2017 was a truly spectacular occasion with glitz and glamour and with all the gold decor, there was definitely no shortage of sparkle or smiles! The inspiring group of Young Community Shaper finalists made their way over to The Venue in Melrose Arch on Tuesday evening 30 August, along with judges, sponsors, members of the press and special guests.
The night was by no means short of both humour and serious moments. Guests were entertained by Jason Goliath, local born comedian, who brought the house down and music was provided by the talented Blackbyrds, who truly connected with the YCS Finalists and audience at large.
The 2017 Young Community Shapers finalists had their project videos showcased during the course of the evenings programme. This led to the grand finale culminating whereby the overall winner was announced. It a great honour to announce that this year the title and winner of Young Community Shapers 2017 was awarded to: Katlego Thwane of Atlegang Bana Saturday School winning total prize monies of R60 000!
The second runner up was awarded to Tubatsi Motaung of Nigol Football Club winning for his charity work R30 000. The YCS finalist’s runner ups, in no particular order, were awarded to Lindokuhle Kubeka - Lindokuhle Foundation, Trinity Mkhatshwa - Thabang Stimulation for Disabled, Isack Hlapo - Solution for All, Sharon Kwangwane - Ekasi Development, Hlakudi Gert Malatji - Malusi Youth Development, Bonga Ngqobane - Bonga.Org Cycling Academy and Linda Mbali - Intelligent Young Woman all each winning R10 000.
Our sponsors were also very moved by all of this year’s winners and a huge thank-you must go to the ICC Cash & Carry Buying group who sponsored this wonderful event. In addition to this, very generous further donations were made by a previous YCS Winner from 2004, Sir Stuart Ntlathi, inventor and entrepreneur in the industries of Science & Technologies, RCL Foods and Umvuzo Health.
It is truly moving to see the tireless, hard work of the youth in their communities and believe that they all stand proud as “giants” and leaders. It is on this final note that we can all be inspired by their stories and to be grateful for every opportunity, to keep on and to keep on believing.