LES OSLER, the HCET’s project co-ordinator, and Anja Pienaar, its financial controller, recently travelled to Johannesburg to attend the ANN7 South African Of The Year Awards ceremony, held in the Sandton Convention Centre on 6 September 2014.
Les was one of seven nominees in the Spirit of Humanities category. The eventual winner in this category was John Perlman of the Dreamfields Project.
The award winners were selected in a novel way. More than 1 000 000 votes were received through a public voting process. These votes were combined with the votes of a special jury as well as those of the ‘Masterminds’, a grouping of the country’s foremost editors who compiled the original nomination lists.
The awards were organised by Africa News Network7 (ANN7) to mark its first anniversary. The glittering ceremony was attended by leading politicians, business people, sportsmen and entertainers, and was broadcast across the continent. The award winners were:
South African of the year: Advocate Thuli Madonsela
Trendsetting celebrity of the year: Mafikizolo
Business person of the year Patrice Motsepe
Young South African of the year Sandile Kubheka
Campaign of the year: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela
Sports Person of the year: Hashim Amla
Spirit of Humanity: John Perlman, Dreamfields Project
Lifetime Achievemers: Andrew Mlangeni, Richard Maponya, Advocate George Bizos, Mama Gertrude Shope and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn