SOUTH AFRICA: VOTE FOR 2016’S SOUTH AFRICAN OF THE YEAR
Black coffee, Caster Semenya,Pretty Yende and Waydr Van Niekerk are the four South African of the year nominees for 2016 by the official custodians of the “South African of the year” Award during the National Braai Day Initiative.
The South African of the year campaign forms part of an ambition to ensure that 24 September is firmly established as South Africa’s National Day of celebration. Each of these nominees has probably given the country cause for great celebration during the course of 2016.
Las5 year,Trevor Noah who were chose as the South African of the year for his achievement of becoming the new host of comedy central’s “The Daily Show” by a thousands of public votes.
This year,the light-hearted campaign to choose the South African of the year is run annually by the National Braai Day Initiative in the build-up to 24 September,with the winner being announced on heritage Day.
It is important to know that the man behind the National Braai Day Initiative and the South African of the year project is Jan Scannell.He says that,the South African of the year will be the one who with a phenomenal achievement,made people extremely proud of being South African because their intention is to highlight exceptional performances by South Africans that bring the country to a standstill,and to acknowledge.
The special moments where the hearts of the nation beat together and united in pride.mentioned also that,Black Coffee who is nominated for becoming the first South African to win a BET Award were in june the recipient of the Best international Act-Africa Category.
During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,Caster Semenya Stormed to a gold medal victory against a strong field in the women’s 800m final.Having already won critical acclaim and various awards in the opera houses of Vienna, Moscow,Milan and New york,Soprano singer,Pretty Yende has recently released her first solo album globally. In October, she will break new ground when she performs at the opera National de Paris.
Wayde Van Niekerk was also nominee for South African of the year for his stunning performance at the 2015 IAAF world Championship where he shot to a dramatic gold medal in the 400 m final,he is nominated once more for his sensational run in the men’s 400 m final at the Rio Olympic Games where he took the Gold Medal and set a new 400m world record of 43.03.This moment in athletic history definitely brought South Africa and the rest of the watching world to a standstill.
Notice that,the South African of the year will be chosen by public vote on the social media platform twitter.It will be in the form of a twitter poll that is live from 19 September until the morning of heritage Day on 24 September ,with the winner being announced while millions of South Africans are united around fires.
To vote,just go to the @janbraai twitter profile and simply click on your favourite in the poll,which is pinned at the top.votes will be collated by twitter,with the eventual winner being automatically identified by the social media platform on 24/September.
Finally, South African of the year is a registered trademark of which the National Braai Day Initiative is the legal custodian.In tune with all activities o the National Braai Day Initiative, south African of the year is being run as a nonprofit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the heritage Day Public Holiday as South Africa’s National Day of celebration.
BY CARINE MAMBOU