Community builder receives award for hard work

Asiza Shode, a 28-year-old dance coach from Nemato, was recently awarded for his hard work and dedication to his community at the Eastern Cape Sports and Recreation Awards which were held in East London last weekend.

SHINING BRIGHT: Tandisizwe Joseph Matumza, left, with Asiza Shode, a facilitator at Enkuthazweni special needs school and skills centre in Nemato, who recently won an award at the Eastern Cape Sports and Recreation Awards held in East London

The ecstatic Asiza said he was called about two months ago to be told he had been nominated, and then two weeks ago he got an e-mail with an invitation to attend the actual event at East London International Convention Centre.

He has been working as a facilitator and dance coach at Enkuthazweni special needs school and skills centre since 2017. He said being a community developer is one the most fulfilling jobs for him and he has the passion for it.

He won an award in the category of excellence in sport.

“I am really proud of myself, receiving this award for me was such an honour,” Shode said. “I love teaching dance and I do it with passion. This is something I will never forget, being handed an award by the MEC himself, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane. This will also give me power to strive for excellence,” Shode said.

The dancers Shode coaches go from province to province dancing in different competitions. Some of them recently took part in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic competition that were held in Johannesburg and came back with trophies in different categories.

“I want to carry on doing great work for my community, I enjoy working with people, it is one of the reasons I wake up every day to go and fulfil my dreams and by helping others. Thank you to everyone who supports me, and to my students am forever grateful for your presence,” said Shode.

BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU

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