AU, SA top officials for Cape Town Zimbabwe Excellence Awards

The Capetown Zimbabwe Excellence Awards have gained more recognition as this year will see top government and African Union officials gracing the event.

Julius Shamu

Julius Shamu

These include Alan Winde, the Western Cape provincial economic opportunities minister, and Zimbabwean consular general Bonniface Mugobogobo, among other bigwigs.

“We are more excited this year because the Dean of African Diplomats at the African Union Secretariat recommended our event to Dr Benjamin Bluwey,” organiser and Cape Town-based businessman Julius Shamu, said on Wednesday.

“Dr Bluwey recently addressed the Commonwealth Youth Summit in Pretoria. He has a passion for entrepreneurship.”

Initiated last year, the event will be held on 2 April. It seeks to recognise and acknowledge Zimbabweans based in SA and fly the Zimbabwean and South African flags high.

Shamu said the host and MC will be popular Zimbabwean radio personality Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa. Last year, the awards were hosted by big brother contestant Pokello Nare.

“The idea is mainly to encourage a spirit of togetherness and recognition and mostly for motivation and inspiration to the rest of the community,” he told The Zimbabwean.

He added that Zimbabweans in Cape Town were saddened by the loss of one of the youngest nominees in February 2015 at the age of 21.

“We lost the charismatic, energetic and charming Palmer T. Vushe who was a member of Ruffkurt Entertainment. There’s no doubt that Palmer was a people’s person as witnessed by the massive crowd who came to his memorial and the condolences.”

As a result, this year organisers decided to honour his legacy by and renaming their entertainment category after his name.

Despite the awards’ success, Shamu said there were also a lot of challenges and unfair criticism from some previous participants.

“This destructive criticism is by individuals and companies who would have not made the mark. Some even take to social media to intimidate us, but we remain resilient in our quest to fulfil our mandate of rewarding excellence.”

“We should not try and put each other down. We should embrace each other, support each other and embrace diversity and unity.”

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