DAVY Ndlovu, director of Creative Arts Development, an organisation championing the rights of the marginalised San community largely found in Tsholotsho district, scooped the NewsDay People’s Choice awards in Harare last week.
The award which recognises ardent community workers and builders is an Alpha Media Holdings initiative launched in 2010 in an effort to inspire individual active participation in communities.
Ndlovu won the award in the Arts and Culture category.
Ndlovu has been instrumental in championing the rights of the marginalised San community and arguably sealed his passionate struggle for their rights through his recent anthropological book — Tsholotsho-Holoyahou-Tsorozho: A Journey into the San — a literary piece he uses to lament the San’s social exclusion and cultural degradation.
Apart from fighting for the San’s socioeconomic rights, he has also fought for the linguistic rights of the former hunter—gatheres to save their endangered Tshwao language currently spoken by less than a third of the San population in Zimbabwe.
He has also been influential in lobbying the Education ministry to have San children enrolled in schools in a bid to empower the community long regarded as the most primitive group.
An elated Ndlovu said: “I feel great. This is a testimony that culture is alive.
“Tsholotsho has long been regarded as one of the backward communities in Zimbabwe, but this award recognises our efforts in building and unifying our communities, especially the marginalised San people. The NewsDay Award motivates me and my community.”