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Monday, August 24, 2015


Edmund Mhlongo (below) & Bheki Mkhwane (left)

EThekwini Municipality has announced the 2015 Living Legend Awardees who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony on August 29 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The eThekwini Living Legends Awards ceremony honours past and present eThekwini citizens who have diligently dedicated their time and skills to uplift communities and contributed immensely to developing the society at large.It aims to salute the inspirational and continuous contribution that these individuals have brought to local communities and South Africa as a whole.

The 8th Annual Living Legends Awards will provide a platform to reflect on the rich legacy that our leaders from various sectors have injected for the youth.

Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo said that the Awards present the Municipality with an opportunity to honour its legends while they are still alive and reflect on their distinct achievements and contribution to the community of eThekwini and the country at large.

“We are proud of their achievements and progressive contribution which serves as an inspiration to the younger generation to emulate these men and women who have selflessly served our communities.They are products of our local neighbourhoods and communities, emerging from different walks of life,” said Nxumalo.

The awardees were selected through a public nomination process, where citizens submitted their names and a short background to eThekwini Municipality.  A further selection process was undertaken by the Municipality’s researchers and 11 people were selected to be this year’s Living Legend Awardees. They were nominated in the fields of arts and culture, human rights, academia, science and technology.

Former Living Legend Awardee and renowned Judge President Sandile Ngcobo will give a key note address at the Awards Ceremony.

The 2015 Arts & Culture Awardees are two highly deserving individuals: Edmund Mhlongo and Bheki Mkhwane. Mhlongo is well-known for his dedicated work with KCAP and the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre (EMAC) in Kwa Mashu and Mkhwane has a long history as an actor, director and scriptwriter.

Other awardees are: Philda Nomusa Nzimande (Academic); Judge KK Mthiyane; Bishop Michael Vorster and Thulkana Palan (Human Rights); Don Macleod and Quarrisha Abdool Karim (Science and Technology). Other Awardees are HE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma; Bhekisisa Maxwell Thabethe and Moses Tembe