Local Heroes

Local Heroes

It’s time to nominate your 2021 Local Hero

With the 2020 Local Hero Awards now behind us, the search for this year’s extraordinary do-gooders is on

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Eastern Cape government spin doctor’s private foundation changes ...

It is unusual to find a government spin doctor who, in his private life, is a compassionate campaigner for the rural poor.

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Animal welfare? The buck stops with Marlene

Starting out with a complete revamp of the East London SPCA seven years ago, fine arts photographer Marlene Neumann and her Buckaroo project have ...

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Masixole Loli Foundation unlocked during lockdown

Ginsberg local Masixole Loli's goal when starting the Masixole Loli Foundation in 2020 was to serve and make a difference to his community.
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‘Sis Pinky’ walks the extra mile to help pupils ...

Well known for her motivational and funny videos on social media platforms, Ntombekhaya “Sis Pinky” Tsako, decided to celebrate her 60th birthday in December last year by starting a shoe drive. She asked her friends to donate school shoes instead ...
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Mother to many’s compassion stems from her own childhood trauma

Having been rejected by her parents as a child and subjected to further trauma at the age of nine, Duncan ...

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Mentorship programme helps girls to reach their full potential

Striving to be the role model she herself needed while growing up, Komani-born Thandi Magqeleba has established a ...

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Mom and daughter turn sad stories into successes at horse rescue centre

Green grass, open fields, and a lot of love and attention are what the four-legged creatures at Chintsa Horses ...

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uThixo Unathi a safe place of learning, creativity and fun

At the uThixo Unathi  Day Care Centre in Kwelerha village, east of East London, ensuring happy faces is founder Pearl ...

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Nomthetho Nduku's passion is giving back to the youth

Nomthetho Nduku, 33, who volunteered for four years at Ngwenyathi High School in Newlands, is described as a ...

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Mthatha nurse stepped up at height of fears around pandemic

Babies come first for Mthatha nursing sister Lindelwa Ngumbela, 40. A nurse of 11 years, she has lived by her ...

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East London NGO answers 'call from God' to help ex-offenders start with a Clean Slate

Francis’s NPO works mainly with ex-offenders in an effort to help them reintegrate into society through counselling, ...

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Mthatha pharmacist ceaseless in helping her community

Since establishing a pharmacy in Mthatha 20 years ago, Nontutuzelo Sibango has used her position to give back and ...

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‘Aunty Pam’ fills tummies of 150 children, other hungry locals

After two children arrived on her doorstep asking for bread in March 2020, Fynbos resident Pam Orie decided to use ...

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Victoria Nkomana spends her retirement years helping the aged, vulnerable

Victoria Nkomana realised during her travels that many people were struggling for something as basic as putting food on ...

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EC academy founder gives platform to female soccer players, and actresses

Establishing the Jubase Youth Academy (JYA) in January 2019, Mthatha-based Hoseya Jubase has dedicated the better ...

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Giving cars — and teens — the royal treatment

As unemployment rises, so do crime statistics, as people scramble for an income. Vergenoeg resident Ziyaad King, ...

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Empowering youngsters is his mission

Determined to address the various challenges facing the youth of Duncan Village, East London resident Khulile Jacobs ...

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‘Revelation’ sees local hero nominee help change lives of youth involved in drugs

An annual church conference in Durban provided a revelation for Nombulelo Jantjies, 67, after she was touched by the ...

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Helping others has always been part of Nate Padayachee's life

Building his business and supporting his family have been his biggest passion over the past 11 years, but Nathanael ...