Jhono Bennett, ESR at UCL, gives us an insight about his award:
“The South African Mail & Guardian is a multi-award winning digital and print publication that focusses on political analysis, investigative reporting, Southern African news, local arts, music and popular culture. Each year the editorial board selects 200 Young South Africans (under 35) who they consider to be the most influential leaders in their sector for that year.
The M&G Top 200 Young South African Award was launched in 2006 under the leadership of the globally acclaimed Ferial Haffajee and is nationally recognised as a commendable mark of distinction to make this list, that includes notable South Africans such as Trevor Noah, Lauren Beukes and Julius Malema.
Amongst over 8000 nominees, TACK Doctoral Fellow Jhono Bennett was selected within this year’s Civic Category for his work in co-founding, developing and leading the design-led social enterprise, 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, between 2010 and 2019.
The award is a very welcomed recognition for the difficult to articulate, but tacit socio-spatial development work that 1to1 and their diverse network of partners, collaborators and supporters have been involved with since 2010 towards Spatial Justice for South African cities. For Jhono this is a special acknowledgement of the value the organization has built in this sector, especially in relation to his new role as advisor after stepping aside from the directorship in 2019 to pursue his doctoral studies.
1to1, like many organizations in this sector, has been facing the complexity of challenges brough on by Covid 19 alongside their grass-roots partners and has been sustainably supporting a host of new (and old) projects, groups and ideas under the leadership of Jacqueline Cuyler and the new 1to1 team.”
The TACK network congratulates Jhono for this achievement!