Tonight we are set for an amazing evening as the 9th eThekwini Living Legends Awards takes place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The eThekwini Living Legends Awards ceremony honours past and present eThekwini citizens who have diligently dedicated their time and skills to uplift communities and contributed immensely to developing the society at large. It aims to salute the inspirational and continuous contribution that these individuals have brought to local communities and South Africa as a whole.

Living Legends Logo 2015

The 9th Annual Living Legends Awards will provide a platform to reflect on the rich legacies that societal leaders from various sectors have created. The 2016 awardees were selected through a public nomination process, where citizens submitted the nominees’ names and biographies, in both English and Zulu, to the eThekwini Municipality. A further selection process was undertaken by the Municipality’s researchers and 11 people were selected to be this year’s Living Legend Awardees. They were nominated in various fields including academia, human rights, sports and arts and culture.

The 2016 Awardees are as follows:

  • Dr Sazi Dlamini
  • Tu Nokwe
  • Professor Kate Wells
  • Cedric Nunn
  • Obed “3” Gumede
  • Dawn ‘Maduma’ Leppan
  • Mac Maharaj
  • Lt Gen Vejay Ramlakan
  • Dr Naledi Pandor
  • Dr Imtiaz Sooliman
  • Alzina Zondi
  • KwaZulu-Natal Society for the Blind
  • Gift of the Givers

eThekwini Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede said that having evolved into a fully-fledged social upliftment programme, from what was previously a one-day annual event, the eThekwini Living Legends Awards now forms part of the eThekwini legacy project.

“It is important for us to honour our living legends for their distinct achievements and contribution to the people of eThekwini and countrywide. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to our young generation. The municipality is in the process of building a multi-million rand central library that will house the Living Legends Museum. We want to ensure that this project becomes a lasting legacy so that generations to come can read about these extraordinary men and women in our City,” said Gumede.