Tsotsi star honoured by Tshwane
Though not a resident of South Africa's capital, Tsotsi lead actor Presley Chweneyagae was among recipients of the inaugural City of Tshwane Citizens Excellence Awards in Pretoria at the weekend.
The 23-year-old resident of Mafikeng, North West, was recognised in the category of the arts. An Oscar award-winner himself, Chweneyagae said being honoured among the city's achievers meant that he was now the adopted son of Pretoria.
Hosted by mayor Gwen Ramokgopa, the gala event was held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Brummeria.
World record-breaking paraplegic sprinter Oscar Pistorius and Blue Bulls winger Bryan Habana were awarded in the category of sportsmen in absentia.
Atteridgeville soccer legend Zacharia Mosehle, 76, and the late athlete Mathews "Loop en val" Motshwarateu were honoured in the category of sports legend.
Chairman of SA Human Rights Commission Jody Kollapen was awarded in the category of human rights.
The arts legend category award went to world-renowned fine artist Bettie Cilliers-Barnard.
Minkie Mokubela was bestowed with the community leadership award for working with orphans and child-headed families in Marokolong.
In the youth development category Nellie van der Westhuizen was awarded on behalf of the National Youth Development Outreach in Eersterus.
The late Elizabeth Matsemela was honoured posthumously in the category of champion of women's rights and Molebogeng Dube in the business legend/women in business category.
In her keynote address, Ramokgopa said excellence was not an accidental occurrence but had to be earned.