Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Scenes at the awards ceremony

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Marionhill in the Mercury

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The Winners are...

The biggest Impumelelo award ceremony in the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust's history took place at Cape Town City Hall on 17 February. Compliments and well wishes have not stopped flowing.

More than 1000 people crammed the venue and saw first hand that innovation from the public sector is indeed possible.

The award winning projects are:

Platinum Winners (R50 000 each)
- Mothers 2 Mothers - Cape Town)
- Dance for All (Cape Town)
- Etafeni Day Care Centre (Western Cape)
- Meholding Community Tourism Trust (Eastern Cape)
- Khanya Project (Western Cape - Education Department)
- The Friends of the Children's Hospital (Western Cape)
- Learn to Earn (Western Cape)

Silver (R20 000 each)
- Group of Hope (Western Cape)
- The Positive Beadwork Project (Western Cape)
- SAVE Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment Project (Western Cape)
- Yabonga Children's Project (Western Cape)
- The Mnweni AmaZizi Project (KZN)
- Make it Better (MIB Youth Development Programmes (KZN)
- Ithubalethu - Our Chance Point Community Trust (KZN)
- eThembeni ARV project (KZN)
- Kleinrivier Environmental and Employment Project KEEP (Western Cape)

Impumelelo - the difference

There are many award programmes in the country. There is the Vuna award for recognizing Municipal Excellence; there is the Premier Excellence Awards; there is the Community Builder of the Year award. Most of these award programmes are evaluated by government or government-related agencies.

The difference with Impumelelo is that we are an independent award programme based on a rigorous evaluations programme which requires expert evaluators to conduct field visits and interrogate every aspect of the project. Every year about 20 evaluators visit over 100 projects in the country, even in the remotest rural areas.

words from the Executive Director