The last living leader of the 1956 Women’s March, Mrs Sophia De Bryn and one of the Rivonia trialist, the late Ahmed Kathrada received Life Time Achievement Awards at the 11 Annual Govan Mbeki Awards held in Johannesburg.
The annual human settlements awards named after the late anti-apartheid activist Govan Mbeki honour men and women in the construction sector, municipalities and Provinces who have excelled in the delivery of houses.
The main purpose of the Govan Mbeki Awards is to encourage and re-enforce a culture of excellence within the housing sector in the delivery of integrated human settlements. The awards come as the country continue to celebrate the delivery of over 4,6 million houses and subsidies delivered since the dawn of democracy.
“I appreciate deeply for asking me to receive this award, and to the Department of Human Settlements, keep on and bless this country with the wonderful work you are doing, the work of changing lives and meeting the needs of our people” said Ms Hogan while receiving an award on behalf of the late Mr Kathrada. “Oom Kathy would have loved it. I receive this award on behalf of the family and myself”, added Ms Hogan.
Ms De Bruyn expressed her gratitude to the department for recognizing the role played by her together with other women to bring about democracy. “I wish to thank the Department of Human Settlements for promoting the culture of excellence. This award indicates the hard work of men and women who worked hard for our democracy” said Ms Sophia Williams de Bruyn.
“As I accept this award, I pledge to fight for peace, humanity and equal rights. I want to express gratitude to all who have made this country a great place to live in” added, Ms Williams de Bruyn.
The 2016 Govan Mbeki Awards saw Minister Sisulu bestowing a Life Time Achievement Awards to the late KwaZulu Natal MEC of Housing Dumisane Makhaye for the role he played in restoring people’s dignity through human settlements and Professor Anna Tibaijuka the former Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) who encouraged international cooperation and universal solidarity to improve the quality of life of the people of the globe.
Minister Sisulu was joined by Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Zoe Kota-Fredericks, , Provincial MECs of Human Settlements and Executive Mayors.