Limpopo-born seasoned Sports administrator Ria Ledwaba received the Ubuntu Honour at the recently held Golden Shield Heritage Awards.

Ledwaba is founder of The Ria Ledwaba Foundation which provides support to the youth and women in disadvantaged communities to achieve their goals. This is in the sport sector and also provides support to abused women while distributing uniforms and blankets to destitute and child-led households.

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The Golden Shield Heritage Awards, organised by the National Heritage Council [NHC], were held on 14 September 2023 at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. The event was graced by icons in the heritage sector, CEOs of arts, culture and heritage institutions.

Finalists walked home with a consolation cash prize of R10,000 each and a certificate. The winners also received R30,000 each, a big golden shield trophy and a certificate.

RIA LEDWABA AND OTHER VETERANS IN THE HERITAGE SECTOR HONOURED 

“The NHC is excited to make these prize contributions to the projects of the winners and finalists so that they can excel even more,” said Dr Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni, the CEO of the NHC.

FINALISTS AND WINNERS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES AT THE GOLDEN SHIELD HERITAGE AWARDS 

National Living Treasure:  Prof Nokuzola Mndende (Rondebosh, Western Cape)

Preferred Heritage Destination: Melville Koppies Heritage Site (Johannesburg, Gauteng)

Young Heritage Activist: Sipho Hlakudi (Mohlaletsi Village, Limpopo)

Voice of Heritage: Dr. Monicca Thulisile Bhuda (KwaMhlanga, Empumalanga)

Heritage Education: Cape Heritage Museum (Cape Town, Western Cape).

Prof. Pitika Ntuli together with Mr Themba Wakashe were both honoured with a special award of Lifetime Achievement. The special award recognises individuals with outstanding and lasting contributions to the heritage interpretation profession over a significant period of time.

“There was no better time to honour the special awards’ recipients than this year, which is a remarkable 10th-anniversary milestone. The Lifetime Achievement duo have made such an indelible mark in the Heritage sector. May their legacies continue to be remembered for their selflessness, dedication and commitment,” added Dr Lukhwareni. 

The next award will be in September 2024 and the public is encouraged to send their entries from May 2024. The details will also be on the NHC website.