Centre gives hope to elderly

More than 50 elderly people from KwaMxhalanga village near King William’s Town wake up every day looking forward to spending time in a prefab...

Reaching out for the needy

While government’s free antiretroviral drugs has helped hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV/Aids better manage the disease, some started the treatment while...

Selfless school head pays for pupils’ extra lessons

For more than a decade, East London Science College founder and director Piyuse Thomas has been going above and beyond the call of duty,...

Luyolo’s projects boost community

Masiphumelele Family Support Centre in Grahamstown was founded by the God’s Glory Assembly in 2010 when they began supplying disadvantaged families in Joza township...

Haven a lifesaver for many people

Every Wednesday and Friday, about 400 people in Parkridge, a mostly impoverished township in East London, queue up to receive a meal from the...

Nominate your personal hero who impacts others

Do you have a local hero you believe is deserving of recognition? Is there someone in your community who goes the extra mile to...

Engineer quit job to invest in kids: Maths teacher thrives on...

Two years ago Mavo Solomon traded his lavish career as a chemical engineer in Johannesburg to invest maths skills in pupils across the Eastern...

His hearing loss moved him to be the miracle for others

Bruce McKay’s hearing loss as a result of Meniere’s disease spurred him to start a foundation to help others to hear. He recently handed over...

Passionate for quality, justice

Drive the dirt roads of Chintsa East and you will stumble on the colourful establishment of African Angels. The independent school has a name in...

Heart for children from poor families

Instead of wallowing in self-pity when he lost his job 11 years ago, Rodney Parsons seized the opportunity to follow his passion of working...

Ft Beaufort gogo serves God by feeding the needy

Every Friday morning, community members from poor townships in Fort Beaufort cheerfully await 78-year-old Clara Gqomfa’s bakkie. The car comes bearing soup and bread –...

Motivator steps in to rescue a community wracked by crime

Frustrated by the rate of rape, alcohol and drug abuse and crime tearing through the teenage population of communities around Matatiele, schoolteacher Nombini Maqelana...

Beating poverty to feeding poor

Born into an impoverished life in East London’s Duncan Village, Sizwe Yolo was surrounded by crime, hunger and substance abuse. But like a rose among...

Social page channels to the needy

Facebook has become an interface for families helping other families in Buffalo City. Louise Torr, 47, is behind a project which sees 2000 members sharing...

WATCH: NU9 teen finds all his joy in sharing

While his peers are mostly concerned about sports and TV games, 13-year-old Simangaliso Ntoni dedicates his time to helping less fortunate children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq9BRWAVLM8&feature=youtu.be Simangaliso is a...

Hands On volunteers spreading warmth

From knitted jerseys to handmade quilts, Toni Krull’s non-profit organisation, Hands On, and her crew of elderly women, are giving back to the community...

Stepping in to help ‘lost’ youth

For former Southernwood Primary School headgirl Ayabulela Mahamba, being a leader has little to do with politics and everything to do with helping children...

LOCAL HERO: Turning addiction around

Nine years ago Carlos Allan was down and out, battling several addictions and suicidal thoughts. On the outside, his life looked fulfilling and colourful. He...

Teens identify families in need and set up five-year help plan

Teenage girls have lit a candle of hope in a drive to unite with their peers in Nompumelelo township in East London. Girls of Hope,...

Passion for animals sees rise of township project

Seeing dogs filling run-down kennels at the East London SPCA moved fine arts photographer Marlene Neumann to start her Buckaroo Projects – sterilising animals...

Big-hearted 10-year-old goes extra mile for the homeless

What started out as a Friday after-school treat quickly turned into an initiative to help the homeless for 10-year-old Luthando Matiwane, who felt the...

Helping the blind like he once was

When he was an orphaned schoolboy, adults refused to believe he was going blind and he struggled through school barely able to read. But now...

Driving field of dreams

Fort Beaufort-born Khaya Baartman is a man on a mission. He has since 2014 started a sporting programme in his hometown to keep youth away...

Girls club is changing lives- Founder teaching good values

At a time of high teenage pregnancies, HIV/Aids prevalence, blessers and sugar daddies, 31-year-old Zikhona Vellem from Duncan Village has taken it upon herself...

Bringing healthcare to rural animals

When retired schoolteacher Richard Norton first moved to the rural village of Port St Johns eight years ago, the first thing he realised was...

Young boy goes extra mile to support others

For 10-year-old Adam Pennacchini, going above and beyond to help the needy comes as naturally as being in the open veld and playing rugby. The...

Giving Chalumna youth hope

Holding a firm belief that children are not things that can be moulded, but are people to be unfolded, Ray Schöne and Alexis Salaman...

Peakes’ generosity knows no bounds

Driven by a love for broken and battered individuals, Matthew and Marion Peak have offered up their lives to being instruments of hope to many. Daily,...

‘Community builder’ says universe always comes together for greater good

For Faried Kops of Buffalo Flats, the challenge of bringing a smile to people’s faces is one that runs deep. Commonly known as “Uncle...

LOCAL HEROES: Feeding their dignity

After realising the plight of underprivileged children in her community, Donae Carelse Goosen from Parkridge started a lunch-box drive for pupils who come from...

Cousin goes extra mile for awareness

An unbreakable bond between two cousins, one of who survived infant cancer, was encapsulated in a poignant letter which stresses the importance of early cancer...

Timely boost for hunger fighters

Three former Daily Dispatch local heroes nominees have been given thousands of meal packs to enable them continue as beacons of hope in their...

Innovative pupil with caring heart lauded

It was an inspirational morning for pupils from Mdibaniso Secondary School near Alice yesterday as they cheered a fellow pupil who received a trophy...

Local heroes on red carpet

The Daily Dispatch in partnership with Johnson & Johnson rolled out the red carpet for 12 local heroes at a glitzy gala dinner at...

Community project lands pupil top prize

NDIBANISO High School pupil Bongile Sikani, 17, has been lauded a local hero in his community after he played an instrumental role of having...

Pupil dips into ‘college fund’ to help guard

Xolani Breakfast, who lost all his belongings when his shack was destroyed by a fire last month, received the shock of his life when...

Fuelling dreams of young minds

OPENING the doors of education for disadvantaged children of Fort White community outside Alice fits in with Mexican-born Teresita Ndibongo’s own experience as the...

Lack of resources no barrier for teacher

Fikiswa Siko from Willowvale has been hailed a local hero in her community for running a daycare centre for disadvantaged children. Siko said Kulozulu daycare...

Schoolboy raises funds to feed other kids

Celebrating his birthday by giving back to others less fortunate is something young Brad Blom plans to do every year to make a difference in...

Seed initiative helps feed poor

An unemployed Port Alfred man is on a mission to help poor township people put food on the table by giving them free seeds...

Lusizo beacon of hope for DV youth

Lusizo Mathafeni, a 27-year-old man from Duncan Village, has committed himself to bringing hope to the youth of area who live in a community...

Loving care for babies in need

One hundred abandoned Buffalo City Metro babies have found care and love in a suburban home. Breath of Life, a place of safety in Selborne, East...

EL children thrilled by sights, experience of being airborne

By SIKHO NTSHOBANE MANY of them had never set foot inside a plane, but a group of children from an East London-based foster home can...

‘Heroes’ show the way

It is very inspiring to read about the “local heroes” in and around East London who have sacrificed much to assist needy people, abandoned...

Max proves age no limit to showing compassion

By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI A grade 2 pupil’s compassion for children living with cancer has seen him raise R2400 for CHOC East London. Selborne Primary School pupil...

Cambridge care facility gets a thumbs-up

Caring for disabled and elderly people in the comfort of her own home has always been Marie Kriedemann’s dream and she finally followed her...

Beacon of hope to others

Being “God’s hands and feet” within the community was the first thing Mariana Esterhuizen aspired towards when she retired from teaching a decade ago. Esterhuizen,...

Young accountant ‘pays it forward’ for education

Opening the doors of learning to disadvantaged children has always been an ambition of Luyanda Matandabuzo, a successful accountant in East London who was...

Angel of Stutt’s door always open

Opening her door to comfort people in distress in the Stutterheim community is what Nomfuneko Salaze committed herself to do after she was retrenched five...

Selfless, retired teacher helps keep school going

Retired teacher Alan Staples, who has spent most of his life in education, continues to play a vital role in the educational development of...