The Premier’s 50 Most Influential Young People’s Awards was truly a success. It was a night that captured not only the unity of purpose and direction amongst the youth, but also an appreciation of each other’s valued contribution to building a brighter future for all.
The awards were a display of the multifaceted dimensions of the potential we have in the province and a showcase of local talent.
Most importantly, these were an opportunity for the province to recognise the contribution of young trailblazers, who continue to lead the way in #buildingthefreestatewewant.
“I can say without fear of contradiction that Free State has a crop of young leaders who are ready to take the baton from the older generation of leaders”, Premier Sisi Ntombela.
Last night, a total of fifty awards were handed out to young recipients in recognition of their contribution and excellence in making a difference in various sectors.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of them for their contribution. And once again, congratulationsto all the winners,” added the Premier.
Many were worthy winners; however, two stood head and shoulders above the rest. Amongst them was Obakeng Thetele, a sixteen year old innovator who walked away with the Best Male award and a whooping R250,000 courtesy of The Premier’s Office. This was in recognition of his ingenuity and innovation.
The young innovator built a car from crap. Wonderful great work indeed.
In the female category, renowned actress Mapaseka Koetle was recognised with the Best Female award for her outstanding contribution to putting the Free State on the map.
A special award was given to Maruping Junior Dilape, the Dance King, who had just landed from a dance competition in London. His award was accompanied by an R11,000 winner’s check.
Once more, thank you to the organisers, winners and everyone making a meaningful contribution to help build a prosperous Free State for all.