Certificates of appreciation were awarded to those who had worked tirelessly to combat crime in Nyanga and those who are inspiring change in the area.
Among those honoured by the NGOs and other organisations who arranged last Thursday’s event were Nyanga police, the Cesvi Foundation, and Gift of the Givers.
The organisers included the Reverend MS Lugongolo Foundation, Nyanga CPF and the Answered Prayers Foundation.
The Nyanga police and their station commander Brigadier Vuyisile Ncata were applauded for working with other non- governmental organisations to fight crime.
Handing out certificates at the Browns Farm stadium, Reverend Mawande Lugongolo said Brigadier Ncata has taught them how to fight crime. “He taught us policing. He has been with us in the fight against giant crime. Brigadier Ncata has never disappointed us. In our campaigns against crime, he is always there. We are delighted to have such a dedicated station commander,” he said.
Another organisation that was awarded with a certificate was the Gift of the Givers Foundation for its work in the community. Organisers said the foundation had answered their calls for relief aid including protective clothing to the community of Nyanga during the strict lockdown.
Also recognised was the Cesvi Foundation which had developed programmes that encourage children to explore their creative spark and be better citizens. The foundation provides a safe space for children to play and create using various art mediums, drama, dance, music and story-telling during sessions.
Nyanga CPF secretary Dumisani Qwebe thanked all stakeholders for their work in the Nyanga precinct and said crime in Nyanga was not as bad as it used to be thanks to the work done by those being acknowledged at the event.
“This shows that people care. Even the organisations that are today awarding certificates to other organisations are playing a huge role in our area. We are grateful for that. We should award them too with something because they work here too,” he said.
Brigadier Ncata said he was humbled by the gesture. “This means we are doing something right. But all it means is we must work even harder. We should not sit and think we have done everything. I am humbled and grateful at the same time,” he said.