Medical student goes extra mile

Bulelwa helps needy pupils. TORN socks, bare feet and no jerseys to ward off the winter chill is what greeted Walter Sisulu University (WSU) medical...

Principal ‘saviour’ of Middledrift school

Her title may say principal, but parents and pupils call her a saviour. Zola Mburwana, the principal of Annshaw Primary School in Middledrift, has been...

OUR LOCAL HEROES: Samaritans’ turn to be pampered

THE Daily Dispatch, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, honoured 12 local heroes at a gala dinner at The Venue@Hemingways last night. The first-ever Local...

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...

Teacher’s late-night candle classes help matrics

Fighting poverty, crime and drugs in a community where families live off social grants, is what drives Linda Jonas, a teacher at Mzamowethu Combined...

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...

Pilot helps give wings to dreams

Seven young people had the time of their lives this weekend when a generous pilot took them on their first flight. Out of his own pocket,...

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...
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WATCH: Turning young lives around

A King William’s Town woman has been hailed for assisting young people turn their lives around. Maudlin Mabi, 49, a manager at the Eastern Cape...

LOCAL HERO: Egoli family a beacon of hope

Egoli resident Dianna Botha and her family have become a beacon of hope in a community where drugs and alcohol abuse are rife. Botha, a...

Mom expands care centre

Giving a hand in a community where children were raised in the absence of their parents inspired Noxolo Ndzimela to volunteer at a centre...

No rest for good local heroes

There is no holiday for some of the local heroes featured in the Daily Dispatch this year, with fundraising already underway to buy school...

Tears of joy for new creche

When unemployed Bulelwa Lengisi opened a creche in one of Mthatha’s oldest and most impoverished informal settlements in 2011, she had no idea of...

Providing help for special needs kids

Holding down her own speech therapy practice while caring for a husband and children is no sweat for philanthropist Luanet Smit, who founded His...

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...

OUR LOCAL HEROES: Nose tumour tot flown to Cape Town

Touched by the plight of the six-month-old Duncan Village boy disfigured by a tumour on his nose, East London business owner Brenda Njikelana Dim...

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...

Special way to spread a father’s love

Having lived a life without his father, Luyanda Jordan, 34, has committed his life to being a father figure in the lives of 16...

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...

Video: On his feet for first time

A human miracle involving the goodwill of churchgoers and German medical expertise freely given has given a Duncan Village teen his legs. Born with a...

Matrics hail their ‘exam angel’ tutor

An Eastern Cape teacher has been lauded as a local hero for dedicating all her spare time to helping pupils pass matric. Zonke Mbatsha, a...

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...

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...

Facing up to life’s challenges

Enduring years of illness, which would have deterred an ordinary person, is exactly what spurred swimmer Jared Burger on. The former Selbornian, 18, returned with...

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...

Each teddy bear a work of love

She plans each teddy bear as she would one of the many Nahoon River mansions she has helped design – with pinpoint precision and...

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...

OUR LOCAL HEROES: Four friends forge shoe project

Four former school friends have banded together to call themselves Ubuntu Warriors – to help provide shoes to pupils who have to walk long...

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...

LOCAL HERO: Helping others a dream fulfilled

After being confined to a wheelchair for three years due to spinal TB, Florence Mvana committed her life to supporting people with illnesses.Mvana, 68,...

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...

Unique NGO steps up for youngsters

Two years ago five friends from Mdantsane got together and decided to change the lives of underprivileged girls from their area. The women, who all...

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...
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Watch: Running for a King-sized cause

By  MBALI TANANA Running for a cause is what has inspired Frances Smith to enter the 2016 Comrades Marathon scheduled between Pietermaritzburg and Durban on...

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...

Doctors honoured as local heroes

Two extraordinary doctors were honoured as local heroes on Friday. The South African Medical Association’s (Sama) Border Coastal Branch used its AGM at the East...

‘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...

Turning teens away from drugs

An ex-convict and a former gangster from Duncan Village have banded together and are working at ensuring young children from the community do not follow...

Students hail selfless mentor

Students who nominated Judy Silwana as a local hero said she was nothing short of a goddess. Silwana, 44, a programme coordinator of the department...

Angel of mercy ends up empowering her village

Losing  three relatives to HIV in Tsholomnqa was the turning point for HIV sufferer Mandisa Dukashe, who committed time and money to empowering villagers. What...
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VIDEO: Kohler reaches out to needy

A bible study meeting 17 years ago was the starting point of Bless a Child, an initiative that collects clothes for needy children. Sandra Kohler...

Welcome helping hand for ex-cons

A local businessman who hopes to help many former convicts regain their place in society, is using his own resources and money to see...

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...

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...

Self-built school fills village’s needs

Creating the change you want to see is the mantra by which Nonkosi Ntloko lives.Ntloko, founder of New Start School in Bongweni Village opposite...

Video: Stripping for good cause

Stripping is alive and well among the ladies of Kennersley Park old age home in Beacon Bay. A group of woman known as the Kennersley...

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...

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...

Pensioner relives his passion with youth

A cricket-crazy pensioner whose boyhood dreams of playing for South Africa were crushed by apartheid is helping poor township children realise theirs by mentoring...

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...