South African of the Year

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Voting template - shortened SAOTYThe National Braai Day initiative is proud to announce an exciting new chapter in the growth of our ambitions to make 24 September South Africa’s greatest national day of celebration.
From 2015 onwards a light-hearted campaign to choose the South African of the Year will be run by the National Braai Day initiative in the build-up to 24 September, with the winner being announced on the day.
“The South African of the Year is someone who with a single phenomenal achievement made you extremely proud of being South African,” says Jan Braai, the man behind the National Braai Day initiative and now the South African of the Year project.
“Our intention is to highlight exceptional performances by South Africans that for a brief moment in time brought the country to a standstill,” says Braai, “those special moments where the hearts of the nation beat together united in pride.”
The 2015 candidates for South African of the Year are AB de Villiers, Wayde van Niekerk, Trevor Noah and Team MTN-Qhubeka.
De Villiers is nominated for his 149 against the West Indies earlier this year, which included the fastest century ever in a One-Day International of just 31 balls.
Last month Wayde Van Niekerk stunned the athletics world when he shot to a dramatic gold medal in the 400m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. His blistering time of 43.48 seconds makes him the fourth fastest person ever to run the 400m and the fastest non-American in that discipline.
Trevor Noah, already a household name in South Africa, reached greater heights in 2015 when it was announced in March that he would replace Jon Stewart as the host of Comedy Central’s popular ‘The Daily Show’.
On 18 July, a day globally recognised as Mandela Day, Team MTN-Qhubeka, the first South African and African team to ever compete in the Tour de France, made history when team member Steve Cummings sprinted to a surprise victory on stage 14. In doing so, Team MTN-Qhubeka became the first South African and African team to win a stage of the Tour de France.
“These sensational achievements embody the spirit of the greatest nation on earth,” says Braai.
The South African of the Year will be chosen by public vote on the social media platform, Twitter. Voting opens today and will run until midnight on 23 September with the winner being announced on the 24th while millions of South Africans are united around fires.
To vote, send a tweet with the name or Twitter handle of your candidate to @janbraai and include #vote in your message. Votes will then be automatically picked up and counted by the African agents for Twitter, Ad Dynamo.
The South African of the Year is a registered trademark, but in tune with the National Braai Day initiative is being run as a non-profit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the National Heritage Day public holiday as South Africa’s national day of celebration.