Premier keeps promise of renaming special awards to departed Nkabinde-Khawe

In keeping the memory of the late Social Development MEC Thuliswa

Nkabinde-Khawe alive, Gauteng Premier David Makhura has named four (4)

Premier’s Service Excellence Awards after the departed stalwart.

Premier Makhura made this commitment during the Provincial Official

Funeral at Vereeniging City Hall, in November last year.

He said in keeping her monumental legacy alive, the awards for Best

Public Servant, Best Performing Social Cluster Department, Best NPO and

Community Development Project in Gauteng will be named after Nkabinde-Khawe who

demonstrated dedication and commitment to the people of Gauteng.

This commitment was realised yesterday as the Gauteng Provincial

Government (GPG) hosted the annual Premier’s Service Excellence Awards at

Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Addressing guests and nominees, Makhura said the awards are aimed at

recognising and rewarding outstanding efforts in both the public and private

sector within the Gauteng Province.

“These awards recognise the active participation of the public and

government officials in community development and advancing active citizenry in

the province,” he added.

One of the recipients of the excellence awards was Believers Care

Society, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) based in Turffontein, Johannesburg

which won the Thuliswa Nkabinde-Khawe Best NPO Award.

A grateful Believers Care Society Centre Manager, Alexander Iheme said

he is thankful for this great award, and wishes to thank the Gauteng Premier

and his team for creating such a wonderful platform towards recognising great

works done by the civil society organisations, departments and individuals for service

to humanity and fulfilling the vision of Gauteng Province.

“It is always a good feeling when one’s challenging work is recognised,

however to every great honour, comes greater responsibility. To us as Believers

Care Society it is a call to greater responsibility, a higher call to service,

and we will do more for the youth of our province.”

“The socio-economic challenges faced by the youth are multifaceted and

must be addressed through integrated holistic approach, incorporating services

and strategies that addresses youth poverty and unemployment, gender based

violence, social integration and cohesion, mental health issues, disease awareness,

treatment and control without any form of stigmatisation, and most importantly

the youth needs a role model, they should find it in our leaders and not in their

peers, streets and social media.”

“Believers Care Society would like to thank the Gauteng Department of

Social Development who has provided the funding towards achieving our

objectives for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihood for the youth of

Johannesburg,” said Iheme.

Premier Makhura has congratulated all recipients for their selfless

contributions towards improving the livelihoods of people in their own


Source: Gauteng Province