Tygerberg Awards for community stars

The unsung champions of the greater Tygerberg area have been honoured at the annual Tygerberg Awards.

The awards ceremony in the Celeb Theatre, at Bellville’s Nobel Park Shopping Centre, on Sunday October 29, gave businesses and organisations a chance to network and celebrate their successes.

The awards recognise those who do good work in the greater Tygerberg areas of Bellville, Parow, Elsies River, Delft, Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein.

There were 42 award nominees in 14 categories, including best business, best high school, best green business, most valuable informal trader and most valuable young ambassador.

Zachary Daniels from Delft Technical High School was chosen as the most valuable young ambassador. He said the award inspired him to do more in his community.

“I am passionate about helping my fellow schoolmates who struggle with their academics,” he said.

The Reed Street day clinic was chosen as the best service delivery provider, the Collective Arts Theatre won the community award, while Tygerberg Medical Campus was named the best green business.

Other winners included, Kids Rise Above Circumstances, Shofar Christian Church Durbanville and The New National Hotel. Greater Tygerberg Partnership CEO Warren Hewitt said the selection process was tough.

“They all truly deserved the award. I commend them all for all they do in their communities, businesses, schools and organisations for the positive transformation of Tygerberg area.”

Guests shared success stories, challenges and recommendations in a panel discussion that included Ward 2 councillor Leonore van der Walt; Abdikadir Mohammend, from the Somali Association of South Africa; and Sean-Robin Beesley, from Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID).