The MOT Excellence Awards with Award winners and MOT SA Brand Ambassadors, Vusi Thembekwayo and Natalie Becker.
On 31 August 2014, MOT South Africa celebrated Excellence at its MOT Awards Ceremony. The event was held to acknowledge our partner Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, Schools, individuals, organisations and businesses who contribute to a better society by equipping the youth with life-skills that will help them show courage and to make conscious life choices.
The ceremony was opened by Professor Eltie Links, Chairperson of MOT SA, who also received a Platinum Award for his leadership and commitment to the development of the youth. The keynote speaker, Vusi Thembekwayo, is an international motivational speaker, a company director and a Brand Ambassador for MOT SA. He inspired the MOT delegates with his life story of determination, resilience, hard work and life lessons. MOT SA is also actively supported by award winning actress, radio and television presenter and MOT SA Brand Ambassador, Natalie Becker, who was the Master of Ceremonies at the event. Special performances included Rozanne Waldeck, the South Peninsula High School Jazz band and a performance from the Evita musical by Northlink College Performing Arts Department.
31 staff members from TVET Colleges in the Western Cape received awards for their voluntary service to the youth. These award winners included seven staff members from Boland College, 4 staff from College of Cape Town, 16 staff from False Bay College, one staff member from Northlink College and three staff members from West Coast College. The MOT presenters were recognised for their commitment and passion to assist with the holistic development of the youth.
At the MOT Excellence Awards Ceremony, recognition was also given to the TVET College campuses and High Schools that successfully implemented the MOT programme during 2013 and 2014. Two campuses from Boland College; Caledon/Kleinmond Campus and Strand campus received awards. Two awards went to College of Cape Town for their Gardens and Wynberg campuses. False Bay College’s Mitchell’s Plain and Fish Hoek campuses also each received an award. The high schools that were awarded include Buren High School, Ysterplaat and Spine Road High School in Mitchell’s Plain.
MOT SA is a registered Public Benefit and a Non-profit Organisation that focuses on the strengthening and development of the youth. Annual research by the University of the Western Cape has shown the significant impact of MOT on the youths’ thoughts, behaviour, lifestyle choices and attitude. MOT is also having an impact on the students’ academic achievements. MOT believes that courage is an essential inner strength that assists people to live a fulfilling, dynamic and inspired life. With the challenges facing young people in South Africa today, to be taught how to have courage is a great gift that will help them transmute fears and challenges into victories and achievements, and support their development into productive citizens.