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South Africa: SA President to Hand Out Youth Awards
Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 14, 2013

The awards are hosted in conjunction with the Office of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. Prince Edward is the chairman of the International Council of the Awards.
The Awards promote social cohesion and community service amongst young people as well as excellence in sports and endurance games.
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment marks its 30th Anniversary this year.
The project started off in South Africa as the Gold Shield Award and became The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment in 1994, with former President Nelson Mandela as the Founding Patron-in-Chief. President Zuma replaced President Mandela in August 2009 as Patron-in-chief.
The awards are handed out for the following achievements:
- Physical recreation: Any sport with a show of improvement in the sport over 12 months.
- Residential project: Undertaking a shared purposeful activity with people, who are not usual friends, in an unfamiliar residential setting for at least four nights and five consecutive days for example helping out at an orphanage.
- Skills: Show regular effort and improvement on a selected activity for example drama; dance; musical instrument.
- Adventurous journey: Undertaking a journey with an agreed purpose over four consecutive days and three nights in a group of no fewer than four peers unsupervised and accessed by experienced adults, for example canoeing; cycling; horseback riding or sailing.
- Service: 72 hours of voluntary service for example at a local hospital, crèche or SPCA spread over 12 months.
The awards will take place at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.
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