Proudly Hartbeespoort

The municipal elections may be over, but you have one more opportunity to cast your vote – for the worthy nominees in the first Hartbeespoort Community Awards.

On 20 October 2023, it will be 100 years since the official completion of the Hartbeespoort Dam. A group of businesspeople and community members decided there had to be a way to commemorate this centenary and the reason for the town’s existence and to bring back a feeling of civic pride.

With valuable input from various role-players, Hartbeespoort Vision 2023, comprising a number of initiatives and projects, was launched. As its first project in terms of the vision, the Hartbeespoort Community Awards was initiated.

The idea with these awards is to recognise community members who have excelled in various fields, including science and technology and environment, arts and culture, sports, posthumous and ambassadors (for outstanding community service).

The committee was looking for the unsung heroes who often work hard behind the scenes and go about their business quietly, not for the shine or limelight, but because they are invested in the area and its future.

Looking at the gallery of faces on p 21 of this edition, the committee is satisfied that it has been mission accomplished. All the nominees are worthy, and are representative of the greater Hartbeespoort area, across racial and ethnic borders and from many different fields of expertise or service.

Voting lines open tomorrow, and all it will take is a simple SMS to see your community champions receiving their awards at the inaugural awards ceremony that will take place on 17 September this year at the Rome in Paris gala evening to be held at French Toast.

Winners will have their hands imprinted in cement to start Hartbeespoort’s own walk of fame at a later stage.

Other initiatives planned as part of Hartbeespoort 2023 include an annual Hartbeespoort Day, an official Hartbeespoort flag or emblem, an arts festival that is linked to the dam’s rich history, improving and prettying public areas and entrances to the town, restoring and maintaining landmarks and historic structures, and initiating infrastructure improvements, such as dedicated cycling lanes and walkways.

Kormorant is the media partner of this initiative and is proud of what has been accomplished in such a short timeframe.

Visit www.hbp2023.co.za for more information about future endeavours and how you can become involved to make the town the jewel it once was.

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