Thursday, March 01, 2007

Impumelelo Innovations Awards

Coverage on SABC after the awards ceremony!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Scenes at the awards ceremony

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Marionhill in the Mercury

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The Winners are...

The biggest Impumelelo award ceremony in the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust's history took place at Cape Town City Hall on 17 February. Compliments and well wishes have not stopped flowing.

More than 1000 people crammed the venue and saw first hand that innovation from the public sector is indeed possible.

The award winning projects are:

Platinum Winners (R50 000 each)
- Mothers 2 Mothers - Cape Town)
- Dance for All (Cape Town)
- Etafeni Day Care Centre (Western Cape)
- Meholding Community Tourism Trust (Eastern Cape)
- Khanya Project (Western Cape - Education Department)
- The Friends of the Children's Hospital (Western Cape)
- Learn to Earn (Western Cape)

Silver (R20 000 each)
- Group of Hope (Western Cape)
- The Positive Beadwork Project (Western Cape)
- SAVE Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment Project (Western Cape)
- Yabonga Children's Project (Western Cape)
- The Mnweni AmaZizi Project (KZN)
- Make it Better (MIB Youth Development Programmes (KZN)
- Ithubalethu - Our Chance Point Community Trust (KZN)
- eThembeni ARV project (KZN)
- Kleinrivier Environmental and Employment Project KEEP (Western Cape)

Impumelelo - the difference

There are many award programmes in the country. There is the Vuna award for recognizing Municipal Excellence; there is the Premier Excellence Awards; there is the Community Builder of the Year award. Most of these award programmes are evaluated by government or government-related agencies.

The difference with Impumelelo is that we are an independent award programme based on a rigorous evaluations programme which requires expert evaluators to conduct field visits and interrogate every aspect of the project. Every year about 20 evaluators visit over 100 projects in the country, even in the remotest rural areas.

words from the Executive Director

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Impumelelo magazine's new look and feel

The 2005/2006 award winners are now showcased in Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust annual magazine, impumelelo, which sports a refreshed look. Fantastic photography, bright colours and a easy to read layout are stand out features of the new edition. The magazine not only highlights models of best practice but also publicises the work of public managers who are at the forefront of service delivery in South Africa.

"If there is inspiration to be gained from the awards, it is in how the projects allow people to prosper and flourish" - Rhoda Kadalie, Executive Director

The magazaine is sent to all South African government departments, Ministers, Director General, Mayors etc. Anyone can order a copy for a nominal fee of R20.00 (Rand) by emailing

Thanks to TIP publishing in Cape Town for your creativity and drive in helping to make impumelelo magazine an outstanding publication.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The TEAM that made it possible!

This is the team that made the Impumelelo adjudications 2006 a major success.

Standing - Mark, Pierre, Chris, Ghazeem, Shuaib, Tariq and Siddeeqah
Sitting - Mushahida, Wafiq, Rhoda, Riefqah, Yasmina

Thanks to all you guys you were FANTASTIC!!
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City Hall to host Impumelelo Award Ceremony in 2007

Cape Town's iconic city hall, the place where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man will be the host to the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust Award Ceremony on 17 February 2007. The projects which presented to the judges on 29 and 30 November 2006 will come back to Cape Town to see if they will walk on stage at this grand venue and receive Platinum, Gold or Silver. Good Luck. Posted by Picasa

Having a laugh!

Executive Director, Rhoda Kadalie enjoys a funny moment with the judges. Posted by Picasa

How do you turn a landfill into a conservation area?

Ask this man! John Parkin from the e'Thekwini Municipality.

By the way John nice interview on SAFM this morning. Well done.
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Mawa Block 8 after their presentation

Vincent Maake (Engineering Services Manager), Mabakane Mangena ( Municipal Manager) Napoleon Mboweni ( Councilor), Handwell Phakula ( Head of division Land and property), Ludic Mahayi ( Head of division Building and Maintenance Services) all from the Greater Tzaneen Municipality with Pierre Roux Impumelelo Evaluator (with the colourful shirt) enjoy light moments after the presentation. Posted by Picasa

Housing - South Africa's great challenge tackled in Limpopo

Designed as a Local Economic Development project, the Mawa Block 8 People's Housing Process in Limpopo province has delivered 115 houses in less than a year. The houses are two thirds larger than a standard RDP house and the community was fully consulted during construction. 75% of the money allocated to the project stayed in the community. Ludic Mahayi (above) presented the project at Impumelelo's adjudications. Posted by Picasa

Dance for All - vibrancy personified

Now in its 15th year of operation Dance for All is much more than an after-school outreach programme for disadvatged kids. Phillip Boyd and his dancers presented a model that makes use of dance by showcasing talent from the townships and training young people in all forms of dance. The presentation was visually appealing and captivated all in attendance. Well done and good luck. Posted by Picasa

A conversation...

The judges maintained a relaxed atmosphere the entire time. The Q&A was more of a "conversation" with the presenters which allowed them to showcase their project in the best possible light. Posted by Picasa

Impumelelo judges

Mr Graeme Bloch, Dr Anna Strebel, Ms Mary Turok, Mr Paul Graham, Prof Francis Wilson, Prof Jerry Kuye, Prof Fred Hendricks, Dr Cheryl Hendricks, Mr Sibonile Khoza, Ms Fatima Shabodien, Prof Sipho Seepe. Posted by Picasa

Running smoothly

Our time keeper on the day, Mushahida Adhikari kept proceedings running smoothly...  Posted by Picasa

Open to the public

For the first time, the Impumelelo adjudications were open to the public. Impumelelo's Executive Director said that it was important that the public be made aware of the good work that was being done by people at the forefront of delivery in South Africa. Posted by Picasa

In the midst of one of Cape Town's poorest townships, Nyanga lies an Oasis of clean white walls, open space and well trimmed grass - the Etafeni Day Care Centre. This is a one stop shop designed to give holistic support to HIV affected children but it has expanded into a hub of HIV related services to Nyanga. Twenty councillors work in ten clinics in the area. The school itself accommodates 53 children btween the ages of 3-6. Stephanie Kilroe and Luvuyo Zahela presented Etafeni to the judges. Posted by Picasa

Final adjudications 2006

The Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust final adjudications took place in the City of Cape Town's council chambers on 29 and 30 November. 31 projects which included projects dealign with HIV and Aids, Housing, Environment and Public works all presented their models to a select panel of Impumelelo judges. The venue above was perfect. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 30, 2006

Impumelelo, a reason to believe

The Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust was created to reward innovation in government and public-private partnerships that reduce poverty and address key developmental issues in South Africa. Built on a model developed by the Ford Foundation in partnership with the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Impumelelo set out to:
  • Identify and highlight innovative and effective examples of service delivery in South Africa's public sector
  • Reward projects that successfully focus on the reduction of poverty and the improvement of the quality of life of the poor
  • Spread the word about projects which improve the delivery of services in South Africa
  • Present these successful projects as models of best practice to other service providers
  • Assist in the adaption and implementation of award winning projects on a wider scale.

After seven years we now have a weblog! The public sector and anyone interested in development and service delivery in South Africa can now come and learn more about Impumelelo, its objectives, programmes and day to day events.

We strongly believe that practical and implementable solutions exist to address poverty in South Africa. Moreover, based on more than 1300 submissions, Impumelelo in its seven years of operation has built up an unprecedented database of projects accross a range of sectors including agriculture, community development, criminal justice, education, infrastructure development, HIV/AIDS, water delivery and the like.

Since 2004, Impumelelo has embarked on a series of case studies focussing on HIV/AIDS, Housing, Public Works, Sanitation & Waste Management, the Environment and Criminal Justice, using the award winning projects to demonstrate good or best practice and lessons learned from the public sector. In addition, "impumelelo" our annual magazine features the award winners in a high quality publication which is distributed to all levels of government in South Africa.