Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie congratulated achievers of excellence at an event held on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. Awards presented included: The Mayoral Trophy for Environmental Conservation, the Woman/Women of the Year and those for Achievers of Excellence.
 
These awards are presented to individuals and organisations whose efforts make a difference in their communities and to the Environment around us.
 
The event was attended by councillors, recipients of awards, municipal officials and members of the public.

Winners in the different categories are as listed below:

WOMAN/WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

WINNER
Ena Geldenhuys is the Home Based Care Nursing Co-ordinator in Gansbaai and is nominated for the love for her patients.  She transports sick patients at own cost to the clinic and Hermanus Hospital, provides food where necessary so that patients do not take medication on an empty stomach and visits cancer patients over weekends and after hours to monitor and replace drips.  She also arranges functions to entertain the elderly and less privileged children and to raise funds.  She makes a tremendous (difference in the area she works in.



2DE PLEK:
Stefne van Dyk, ‘n bekwame musiek-deskundige wat sonder vergoeding opheffingswerk doen d.m.v. musiek onder andere die “Handevat-projek”.   Sy en haar gade spandeer groot bedrae geld op ‘n verskeidenheid musiekinstrumente soos kitare, blokfluite en marimba’s.  Haar musiekstudente het al by verskeie feeste en ander geleenthede opgetree.    Haar marimba orkes het byvoorbeeld deelgeneem aan die internasionale marimbafees in Johannesburg.

3DE PLEK :
Dinah Johnson, is ‘n afgetrede leerkrag van Hawston Primêr, wie se passie vir kinders haar nie toelaat om stil te sit nie.   Op 70 jarige ouderdom gee sy steeds ekstra klasse aan kinders en bied hulp aan om hul vordering te verbeter.  Me Johnson besoek ook siekes in die gemeenskap en bied ook daar haar hulp en bystand aan.  Sy word beskryf as ‘n ware staatmaker.    

FINALISTE (in alfabetiese volgorde)
Zaan Cilliers, die steunpilaar van Pikkewyntjie pre-primêre skool en gemeenskap in Mooi Uitsig.   Sy doen fondswerwing vir die skool en sodoende het die skool van jaar tot jaar gegroei.  Sy ry self kinders met skoolbus aan van so ver as Pringlebaai en neem hulle weer huis toe na skool.   Sy bestuur die skool op Christelike beginsels, en alhoewel sy ‘n streng onderwyseres is, is die kinders almal baie lief vir haar.
 
Corrie Gerber is nou betrokke by Siyabulela Pre-primêre skool.   Sy nader familie en vriende vir borgskappe vir die skoolfondse vir minder bevoorregte leerders, en sodoende is daar tans 20 kinders wat gratis onderrig ontvang.  Sy is ook behulpsaam met fondsinsamelingsprojekte, maak konsertklere en doen ander nodige naaldwerk.   Sy het ook toegesien dat kospakkies aan persone voorsien word toe hulle nie betaling ontvang het nie.

Annelie Jonker het ‘n winkel oopgemaak waar skenkings verkoop word ten bate van BARC toe hulle deure moes sluit weens onvoldoende fondse.   Die winkel bestaan steeds en lewer  ‘n bydrae in befondsing van salarisse.   Onder haar bekwame leiding is meer as 200 honde in Maskhane en Blompark gesteriliseer en sy het ‘n web-tuiste vir BARC geskep.   Haar onbaatsugtige werk t.o.v. behandeling van verwaarloosde diere is van onskatbare waarde.
   
Hannie Morgan, wie donasies bekom en Kerspartytjies vir minderbevoorregte kinders reël.  Sy was ook afgevaardig om toesig te hou oor die skool se sokkerspan tydens ‘n toernooi na Johannesburg.   As versorger by Onrus Manor is sy baie gewild onder die inwoners omdat sy altyd hulpvaardig, vriendelik en spontaan is.
 
Vuyiswa Pike, the manager of RDP Training Centre, also heads daily feeding schemes where   480 School children in Zwelihle and Hawston receive daily meals, as well as 68 undernourished sick people.   She also oversees a soup kitchen where 60 – 100 young children, homeless and unemployed are given soup and bread daily.

Ilze Smith wie as ‘n vrywilliger onderrig gee by ‘n Kleuterskool in Mt Pleasant, het aan elke leerder ‘n serp, mussie en handskoene geskenk.   Sy het as Voorsitter van die Dierebeskermings-vereniging geslaag om nouer samewerking tussen verskeie organisasies te bewerkstellig, is behulpsaam by die K9 honde eenheid en besoek probleem areas en klagtes van dieremishandeling.   Sy voorsien ook haweloses met voedsel, klere en komberse op ‘n gereelde basis.
 
Lean Terblanche, who, as a Director of Football Foundation of SA and Grootbos Foundation,   designs, implements and manages community development projects.  Under her direction, Grootbos Foundation and FFSA received various awards.  She also won the KLM South Africa “Woman Who Inspires Change” award.   She spearheaded new programmes to empower participants, a large percentage which are women and her dream is to empower individuals so that they break away from the cycle of poverty.   

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 

WINNER
Jack Bold has worked at the Fernkloof nursery for 14 years and built it up to an Indigenous nursery, stocking 250 different species.   He educates and encourages people to appreciate Fynbos and makes indigenous plants commercially available at unbeatable prices.  He upgraded the abandoned Fernkloof Gardens, building a Fragrance Garden and created a memorial drinking fountain.  He was also the initiator of the idea of an arboretum, created a Fynbos garden to act as screen and designed a mountain water reticulation project.

FINALIST

Sheraine van Wyk
Mrs van Wyk established the Eco-Learning function at Whale Coast Conservation and introduced the WESSA Eco-Schools programme to schools.  She oversees the educational content and relevance to school curriculum.  She initiated schools’ participation in events and provided the environmental education component of the Blue Flag Beach programme.  She also runs citizen-science projects, such as the Frog Monitoring project.

Duncan Heard
He is Chairman of Fernkloof Advisory Board and did exceptional work with regard to the Integrated Environmental Management Plan, working with municipal staff, members of the Fernkloof Advisory Board and consultants.  He is also involved in the Vermont Conservation Trust and is active in conservation matters in Vermont and Hermanus.

BURGEMEESTERS TOEKENNING VAN SERTIFIKATE

Chris Adams  werk vrywillig by Siyabulela as nutsman.   Hy is verantwoordelik vir die nuwe speelterrein wat hy met die hulp van 2 mans en die leerders geskep het.   Hy is ‘n ware staatmaker wat help met die eko-skool projekte en ook ‘n groente tuin by die skool aangelê het.  Hy sien toe dat die skool veilig en tuin versorg word gedurende vakansies.   Hy werk ook in die gemeenskap onder jongmense wat tik gebruik.

Anchelle Damon was accepted in Growing the Future program at Grootbos.  As one of the top three students she was chosen visit the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.   She is a knowledgeable field guide and excellent ambassador for Gansbaai.  As head coach of netball for FFSA, she is an example to young netball players of what a woman can do if she puts her mind to it.  She is assisting with planning the next Food for Sport session and helping to  facilitate the Female Empowerment Program.
 
Clayton Francis is involved in community affairs and noted that there was no adequate fire protection service locally.  He equipped his own private bakkie and developed a trailer with a pump and hose.   With a group of locals he formed the Pringlebaai Volunteer Fire Fighters. With private fund raising they developed a better equipped fire service and fulfil valuable support in devastating fires.   He is also actively involved in the anti-poaching unit and got the nickname “Bloedhond”.    He strives to maintain cooperation and co-ordination between law enforcement agencies.

Theo and Angie Krynauw strive to uplift youths trapped in a cycle of poverty and confined existence and decided that involvement should result in more than cosmetic interest and superficial support.  They established trust and support of the principal and staff of Qhayiya and have an active interest in the lives of receptive teenagers from this school.  They generated financial support for tertiary education, assisted two pupils at South African universities and are hoping to support another 25 next year.   They also attend to medical needs, emotional predicaments, physical depravation and spiritual hunger.

Lesley Richardson who, as Executive Director of Flower Valley Conservation Trust, promoted the need for ECD as foundation for conservation and community work, and secured a contract with Dept of Social Development for centre based ECD facilities.   This project is running as part of a broader programme to enrich young children.   She is a mentor and inspiration to many.

Jason Stonehewer is an active participant in nature conservation and conservation of marine ecology.   At own cost he bought and set- up a small building in Pearly Beach as a Marine Information Kiosk where a large variety of shells found our coastline can be viewed.  He gives environmental education talks and conducts informative guided hikes along the coast from Die Dam to Hermanus free of charge.  He also trains local residents to operate as guides.

Tommy Volkwyn  Sedert sy aanstelling as Skoolhoof, Gansbaai  Primêr,  word positiewe verandering by die skool  opgemerk.  ‘n Administratiewe vleuel en skoolsaal is gebou en klaskamers is opgradeer.  Onder sy bekwame leiding presteer die leerders goed. Hy het ook ‘n internskap aangebied vir indiensopleiding om voorskoolse klasonderwys te behartig.  Hy beywer hom vir die ontwikkeling van sport- en kultuuraangeleenthede , ‘n marimba orkes, koor en echo klub.    Hy het ook vordering gemaak om bande te sluit met Woodlear Primary School in Durheim, Engeland.

Frikkie Zeelie was instrumental in the opening of a soup kitchen and ensures that all kitchen equipment and ingredients be delivered to the centre.  He ensures that local dogs of Beverly Hills receive a meal 5 days a week.   He was responsible for opening of the crèche in Beverley Hills and was instrumental in the rebuilding of 13 informal homes in Beverly Hills and owners received furniture and bedding.  He arranges Christmas parties for children from Gansbaai, and each year he is instrumental in clothing the Grade 1 children.  He received Lions Hero of the Year in 2012.  He carries the interest of under-privileged at heart with special passion for preschool children and the elderly 

 

 

 

 

 

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