Pride Factor Presents Shane McConnachie ‘Award of Excellence’ to Vuyo Joboda

Pride Factor Presents Shane McConnachie ‘Award of Excellence’ to Vuyo Joboda


Pride Factor, the life skills academy dedicated to inspiring young minds, presented the 2017 Shane McConnachie ‘Award of Excellence’ to Vuyo Joboda at the annual Dare To Share Charity Dinner in Cape Town last week.


The award, comprising a bursary to the value of R20,000 for a six-week online course in behavioural assessment provided by PDA, the global leaders in the field, was made in honour of McConnachie, one of the founders of the Dare to Share NPO and a tireless social activist who selflessly enhanced the lives of disadvantaged people before tragically dying early last year.


Joboda attended the very first Pride Factor motivational workshop in Cape Town in 2014 where the then 15-year-old Somerset West schoolgirl was inspired to follow her passions. She has gone on to become a performing artist, MC and motivational speaker; the creative director for a fashion blog and to found and run an event management company.


“I’d like to thank Pride Factor for inspiring, motivating and encouraging me to dream big, work hard and most importantly following my passions,” said Joboda. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this honour and I’m so grateful for the impact you have made in my life. I don’t think words can comprehend how thankful I am. This has been an amazing night and I’ve met some incredible people.”


The award was initiated in 2016 by Dene Botha, founder and MD of the Pride Factor platform which enhances the quality of life and broadens the aspirations of young people in Africa, regardless of their background.


“Shane was a good friend and an extremely generous, compassionate and kind person who was an inspiration to his family, community and all he came in contact with,” said Botha.


“We are delighted to honour his memory by presenting the 2017 Shane McConnachie Award of Excellence to Vuyo Joboda in acknowledgement of her remarkable achievements to date and to provide her with further opportunities to become a leader and role model for her peers.”


The McConnachie family were equally pleased to see their son’s memory honoured.


“Congratulations to Vuyo in winning the second Shane McConnachie Award of Excellence and we hope that this award will see you achieve all your dreams and ambition’s for the future,” said Shane’s mother, Mrs Sandy McConnachie. “As a family we are blessed to see our son’s legacy being fulfilled and we thank the Pride Factor and Dare to Share teams for making this possible.”


Pride Factor was established in Cape Town in 2014 to address the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality by inspiring the youth to identify their passions, hone their skills and create fulfilling careers and lifestyles. See and


Dare to Share is an NPO established by Marc Buhrer and friends in 2012 to alleviate poverty by providing assistance to those less fortunate and giving back to those in need. See and





















Pictured: Vuyo Joboda of Somerset West received the 2017 Shane McConnachie Award of Excellence at the Dare To Share Annual Charity Dinner last Wednesday evening. Vuyo (centre) seen here with Dare to Share directors Marc Buhrer and Tracy McGregor

Photo: Courtesy Pride Factor



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Pride Factor (Pty) Ltd

Contact:          Dene Botha

Cell:                 078 453 4600




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Life’s a Beach Communications

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