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Nominations for this year’s Halala Joburg Awards close on 18 April, and the JDA has urged stakeholders to nominate deserving projects in the inner city.
NOMINATIONS for the annual Halala Joburg Awards will soon close and interested parties are urged by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) to submit their completed trigger forms. Nominations close on 18 April.


JDA CEO Thanduxolo Mendrew JDA needs support from the private sector, says CEO Thanduxolo MendrewThe Halala Joburg Awards, now in their fourth year, identify private sector investors who are redeveloping and building inner city properties, as well as honour people striving to improve the quality of life in the inner city. The key objective is to recognise individuals and projects that continue to inject momentum into the City’s regeneration efforts.

Nominations, which opened on 15 March, are open to all individuals and projects, including companies, from micro to multinational; consortiums; public-private partnerships; joint ventures; and individual representatives, among others.

“The JDA alone can clearly not rejuvenate all areas of decay, hence the need to identify and recognise those [private and NGO] stakeholders who through their investments and efforts are contributing to significant regeneration in the inner city and elsewhere, through the Halala Joburg Awards programme,” says the JDA’s chief executive officer, Thanduxolo Mendrew.

All nominations that are submitted must meet specific criteria. The awards are limited to projects in Region F, the inner city, which must have made a substantial difference to the City’s regeneration efforts. It is possible to nominate oneself. Nominations are made through completing and submitting the Trigger Nomination Form.

The trigger forms must be completed by the nominator and require his or her contact details. If details are incorrect, the form will not go into the application process. If the trigger form is successful, an application form will be sent to the nominee, followed by an email or SMS once the application is received.


The Halala Joburg AwardsThe Halala Joburg Awards celebrate achievements in the inner cityThose projects on the shortlist must give a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation at the Halala Joburg Showcase Seminar in June.

There are seven categories: Living Joburg, Working and Buying Joburg, Relaxing and Playing Joburg, Sustainable Joburg, Caring Joburg, Believing in Joburg – the Stan Nkosi Achievement Award, and the Colosseum Award for conservation.

At the official opening of nominations for 2011 on 15 March in Newtown, Mendrew said: “The JDA has been building a better inner city for a decade. This year, [the] Halala Joburg Awards celebrate our achievement in making a better inner city.

The agency had been involved in a number of catalytic urban renewal projects over the past 10 years.

Its projects in Newtown began in 2001 with the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bridge, the refurbishment of Mary Fitzgerald Square and construction of Number 1 Central Place, with the aim of connecting Newtown and its surrounding areas.

Mendrew added: “Within the 10-year period the concept of a programme that recognises the efforts of partners who share the City’s vision to build a better future was born: the Halala Joburg Awards.”

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