Five top spots will be up for grabs when the Community Builder of the Year gala takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Friday.
These awards - sponsored and organised by Sowetan, Old Mutual, the SABC and the nine provincial social development departments - are among the the 11 nation-building projects conceived by the late Sowetan editor- in-chief Aggrey Klaaste in 1991. Sowetan's nation-building philosophy was launched in 1988.
The social services departments provide coordinators in each province to help with all the provincial activities of the project.
At the gala 12 finalists - three each from the youth, adult, senior and group categories - will vie for the four top spots, plus the overall winner's award.
The 12 finalists were first announced exclusively on the popular community SABC2 empowerment show Motswakoin September. Actress Carol Bouwer and actor Hlomla Dandala will compere the awards.
Television personalities Patrick Shai, Mapaseka Mokwele, Caroline Jacobs and Dingaan Mokebe have joined the awards as celebrity champions.
Shai will act for the senior category, Mokwele for the adult section, Mokebe for the youth band and Jacobs as celebrity champion of the group category.
l Dan Mashimbye of the Ndlandlamuka Institute for Sustainable Development in Limpopo;
lChristelle Broodryk of Destiny's Child Arts and Culture Project in Free State;
lSasha Dube of the Siyanda Theatre Laboratory in Northern Cape.
l Jacobeth Lepedi of the Bosele Paper Making Project in North West;
lZalisile Marwanqana of the Sweet African Cultural Development Group in Eastern Cape, started 1989
lSipho Ndlovu of the How a Farm School can be Transformed educational Development Project in KwaZulu-Natal.
l Melita Violet Masemola of the Re A Kgona Mankweng Community Project in Limpopo;
lWinnie Mabaso of the Zenzele Counselling Project in Gauteng;
lMaria Visagie of Oasis Skills Development Project in Northern Cape.
lSophie Boshielo of the Thuthukani Community Project in Mpumalanga;
lJacobus Pansegrouw of the Group of Hope Development Project in Western Cape;
lThembeka Mnqwazi of the Orange Grove Vegetable Project in Eastern Cape.