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 author has a knack for developing children's talents

Published author, radio presenter and founder of World of Art Movement, Cinga Dyala, wants children to develop their artistic skills from a young ...

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Gonubie activist Mizzie combines day job with helping the needy

Community activist Nomkhitha Zokufa, also known as Mizzie, from Gonubie, has always had the urge to make a difference in the lives of people who ...

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Founder of Shaping New Minds aims to give pupils ...

Frustrated and despondent after his own experience of applying to tertiary institutions, Kwelerha-born Esethu Sotheni decided to start an organisation dedicated to helping other young people to not have to go through the same ordeal. Since ...
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Mdantsane woman left corporate SA to help rural ...

Low self esteem is devastating schoolchildren, says Tabisa Loliwe, a corporate-trained  woman who has worn the shabby uniform and broken old shoes of a poor Eastern Cape child.
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Friends who care

Aiming to uplift and unite the community, East London businessman and entrepreneur Schalk van der Sandt has, through ...

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Former Buffalo Flats drug addict on mission to make good

Shaun Thompson realised in 2013 that drugs were destroying him and his family.

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Improving resilience through counselling and caring

With 20 years of service at Masithethe Counselling Services (formerly known as LifeLine East London), Jackie ...

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Zinzile Mhesele is a ‘super hero and not only in his village’

Keiskammahoek born Zinzile Mhesele, 38, is a sport fanatic who has dedicated his life to making sure young people are ...

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Marion Marillier goes extra mile for moms and kids

Two years ago East London resident Marion Marillier took the bold step to quit her corporate job and pursue a cause ...

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Yolande Mentoor feeds an army of East London children, mostly from her own pocket

Realising the great need in her community after working with various schools, Parkridge resident Yolande Mentoor has ...

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Student with heart brings care and hope to BCM vagrants

Homeless people, dirty and in rags, emerge from pipes, culverts and ruins when Athenkoski Quko and friends arrive on ...

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Illuminating the path for those who want to study further

Hoping to help students secure a brighter future, East London resident Asanda Pezisa established World Illuminators in ...

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Now is the time to nominate that quiet superhero in the community

The annual Local Hero Awards are upon us — but you can still nominate your special champion, that special person who ...

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Helping young farmers put down roots

Former landscape architect and president of Avant Gardening and Landscaping, Liza Lightfoot, established a charity ...

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Eastern Cape government spin doctor’s private foundation changes lives of desperate ...

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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‘Sis Pinky’ walks the extra mile to help pupils who lack school shoes

Well known for her motivational and funny videos on social media platforms, Ntombekhaya “Sis Pinky” Tsako, decided to ...

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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 ...