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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...

Reaching out to homeless

Reuniting homeless people with their families has led Busisiwe Papiyana to leave her job as an auditor and devote her time to working for...

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...

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...

Early Christmas for EL kids with cerebral palsy

People came together to bring Christmas cheer to children with cerebral palsy and their families on Saturday. Madiba Sunrise is a non-profit organisation that brings...

Local heroes to be honoured

After receiving scores of nominations for the Daily Dispatch Johnson & Johnson Local Hero, the top 12 candidates have been selected for the 2015...

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...

Always ready to feed, clothe

Traumatised by the sight of a family digging through garbage bins, picking up dirty nappies and mouldy food, Fezeka Mjemla started feeding and supporting...

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...

LOCAL HERO: Young man with hope in his heart

A world of potential is what Mfuneko Mthi sees in his rural community of Bizana Mthi, 31, who was born and grew up in the...

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...

Ma Glenrose uplifts community

A Mdantsane woman who runs an award-winning life skills project from her tiny backyard, has been hailed as a local hero since her projects empower...

Local hero helps cerebral palsy kids

Witnessing an ageing mother struggling to carry her child, who suffers from cerebral palsy, up an embankment struck such a chord with Pat Goosen...

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...
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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...

Inspiring Duncan Village’s youth

Akhona Matyobeni, an accountant who grew up on the dusty streets of Duncan Village, is giving back to children from the impoverished township. Matyobeni, a...

Jobless women run soup kitchen

The frustration of sitting idle spurred three unemployed women from the South African National Tuberculosis Association (Santa) to make a difference in their poverty-...

Caring hands give fresh hope to animals

Barnyard Stables, an animal clinic outside Mthatha and home to Janine Botha and her family, has given a lifeline to sickly horses through free...

Chintsa hails ‘beacon of hope’

Striving to improve lives sees Themi Makefungana cooking for more than 100 people twice a week. Makefungana, 25, lives in Chintsa East, where she works...

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...

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...

Action teen’s Stirling effort

A passion for bridging social differences inspired Danté Robberts to encourage her school to collect food, toiletries and clothes for a family of four...

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...

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,...

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...

LOCAL HERO: Providing loving home to orphans

Born into a family of five children, where their home was always open to the community, was what inspired Bongiwe Gabelana to run a...

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...

LOCAL HEROES: Couple gives back to community

A compassionate couple who adopted a community at a dumpsite as their family in Stoney Drift near Amalinda have been named as local heroes. Joshua...

LOCAL HEROES: Teacher ensures fairytale matric dance

Getting one daughter ready for her matric dance can be a mammoth undertaking, but Gonubie resident Zana Ackermann had a houseful of nine matric...

Mthatha teen starts drive to clothe kids

Nothing gives more joy to 19-year-old Mthatha teenager Nguye Mahlangeni than seeing smiles on young children’s faces. Now the St John’s College Grade 12 pupil...

Loving hands feed the needy

For more than a decade Nompinda Yalezo from Tsholomnqa has fed the sick, vulnerable and bereaved in her community using produce from her vegetable...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sacrificing for pupils

A township maths teacher has been praised for going the extra mile by giving up his weekends to hold free extra lessons for dozens...

New hope for villagers

HLALISWA Nobebe of Dabhane village in Peddie has lived in a dilapidated mud house for more than 40 years – but thanks to local...

Pensioner provides for the needy

‘Raddie’ there for Mdantsane residents. A PENSIONER from Mdantsane has been hailed as a hero after using her old-age social grant to feed and clothe...

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...