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ABOUT THE AWARDS

On the evening of the 23rd June 2017, the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) organized a Gala Dinner which was held at Holiday Inn Airport, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to honor disability activists for their outstanding contributions over the past 30 years in each of the ten countries where it currently operates, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi. Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Southern Africa Disability Champions Awards is an initiative to sustain activism and advocacy for the mainstreaming of disability within the SADC region through recognition of one outstanding activist in each of the aforementioned countres.

However, noting that in many countries, there have been many illustrious disability activists, choosing only one might not only be taxing but might also feel like omitting the great work that the others did or have done. In the spirit of recognizing such other work, SAFOD therefore created the “SAFOD Hall of Fame” that also featured during the Gala Dinner.

Finally, SAFOD also presented  Private Sector Excellence Awards in recognition of companies or private sector entities that have demonstrated disability inclusiveness or mainstreaming in each of the above-mentioned countries. SAFOD is using these awards as part of a regional advocacy for disability mainstreaming, and the organization recognizes that that the private sector is among those that require increased awareness in this regard.

Below is a pictorial summary of the awards presentation ceremony during the Gala Dinner, which also climaxed the landmark four-day Regional Disability Round Table Forum (20th - 23rd June 2017) held at the same venue.

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    Guests_During_Dinner   Guests Dishing   Guests During dinner
     Guests waiting for the official announcement of Disability Champions awardees; those who made into the Hall of Fame,  as well as the companies that were recognized for their excellence.   Time to dish! Guests line up to be dished after witnessing the awarding of outstanding individuals in the disability movement, including companies recognized for their effort in disability mainstreaming.   The Gala Dinner also provided a perfect opportunity for the Guests to network amongst themselves and build possible new partnerships towards disability causes with shared goals in their countries.
             
    Provate Sector Award   Joshua Malinga   Wabothlhe Chimidza
    Mr. Dan Happy Rekene receives the Private Sector Certificate of Excellence in Disability inclusiveness on behalf of the awardee, the State Diamond Trader from South Africa   One of the key SAFOD founders, Mr. Joshua T. Malinga from Zimbabwe, heartily thanks the disability movement in the region for recognizing his work, after receiving the Disability Champions Award.   Mr. Wabotlhe Chimidza from Botswana receives the Disability Champions Award officially handed over to him by Mr. Tomi Lounio, from the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa.
             
    Mussa Chiwaula   Namibia Delegate   Lesotho Delegate
    SAFOD Chairperson, Mrs. Rachel Kachaje, testifies about the track record of SAFOD Director General Mr. Mussa Chiwaula from Malawi, after receiving the Disability Champions Award.   Mr. Daniel Trum from Namibia testifies about the track record of one of the Disability Champions awardees , Ms. Tuuliki Nekund from Namibia, after receiving the award on her behalf.   Mr. Lehlohonolo Molisana testifies about the track record of one of the Disability Champions awardees , Mr. Tankiso Trofomo Thoso from Lesotho, after receiving the award on his behalf.
             
    Patience Zambia   Toni from South Africa   Private Sctior Certificate
    Ms. Patience Kanguma receives the Disability Champions Award on behalf of the awardee, Mr. Mckenzie Mbewe from Zambia, officially presented by Mr. Tomi Lounio, from the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa.   Government official, Mr. Mzolisi ka Toni from South Africa, receives the Disability Champions Award officially handed over to him by Mr. Tomi Lounio, from the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa.   Mr. This certificate awarded to the Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Ltd, is just one of several certificates awarded to other companies in Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.
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KEY PARTNERS

This initiative could not be possible if it were not for the sponsorship for the Gala Dinner we received from the South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D); the funding for the Round Table Forum from the Norwegian Federation of Organizations of Disabled People (FFO) as well as the contribution towards the forum from African Disability Forum (ADF); not forgetting the cooperation we received from our national affiliates who have been submitting to the SAFOD Secretariat all the deserving nominees for the Hall of Fame, the Disability Champions Awards, and the Private Sector Excellence Awards.