Impumelelo regularly places its award-winners on the international platform by submitting them to the Dubai International Awards for Best Practices, the UN Public Service Awards, Schwab Foundation, and many others. Over the years 21 Impumelelo award-winners received International awards for best practice.
The United Nations Public Service Awards promotes and rewards innovation and excellence in public services in support of the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principle of leaving no one behind, which forms the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In 2018, nominations for the Awards were invited in three categories:
• Reaching the poorest and most vulnerable through inclusive services and partnerships;
• Making institutions inclusive and ensuring participation in decision-making; and
• Promoting gender-responsive public services to achieve the SDGs.
Impumelelo submitted two of our award winners that focus on reaching the poorest and most vulnerable through inclusive services and partnerships. The 2 projects are:
• Khaya Lam Land Reform Project
In 1913, the Native Land Act was passed disposing the majority of black South Africans from their land. People were deprived of their rights to land ownership and occupation except land set aside for occupation by ‘traditional communities’. This injustice continued until the run-up to South Africa’s transition to democracy. In 1991, the Native Land Act was repealed and the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act was adopted. A large number of municipal-owned rental houses and other designated properties was transferred at zero cost to the registered occupants of the properties as recorded in rental and other official records. However, no or very little effort was made at the time to inform the new “legal owners” or to assist them to claim or assert the rights bestowed upon them by this legislation. This was possibly because the process was complicated and not easily understood by the intended beneficiaries. This experience has shown that undocumented land ownership does not properly secure the rights of intended beneficiaries. In 2010, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) formed a partnership with the Ngwathe Municipality in the Free State that pilots a project that secures the property rights for black South Africans who were previously denied this right.
• Development of an appropriate Rural Model for Community Care Workers
The South African primary healthcare system is under strain due to the high burden of disease. People were presenting at clinics with chronic illnesses instead of at the onset of the illness. The Western Cape (WC) Department of Health (DoH) in the Eden District in partnership with the National Health Insurance (NHI) trained Community Care Workers (CCWs) to conduct home visits and inform communities about the need to take care of their health. In 2011, the WC DoH implemented phase 1 of 3 phases in collaboration with the national DoH. Pilot sites were chosen in the under-served communities across the country. In the WC, the rural sub-district of Oudsthoorn specifically the town of Bridgeton was chosen for the development of an appropriate rural model for community care workers in preparation for the full implementation of the NHI in the future. The focus was to develop a CCW model for rural settings, that promotes community health and the prevention of illnesses before it presented at the clinics. The existing model was reactive and not proactive in nature. The Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA-NGO) was appointed as the service provider, while training was provided to 20 Community Wellness Workers (CWWs). They were called CWW to differentiate them from the CCWs that was also working in the area. The CWWs created awareness in their community about the basics of good health-care, advised residents about the services at the local clinics, screened for specific indicator illnesses and encouraged adherence/ willingness with prescribed medication, immunization, and family planning, etc. Field Workers were trained to conduct mini-censes to gather community data that would assist the NHI to analyze the burden of disease and to determine the impact of proactive primary healthcare. The more people who care about their health, the less the impact is on the healthcare system.
The awards will be handed out on the 23rd of June 2018, in Morocco.