Local Heroes

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Save the date for Local Heroes Awards

It is that time of the year again, when distinguished community developers are recognised for the good work they do within their communities. Preparations are proceeding ...

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Educator’s passion project is teaching girls to believe in ...

After resigning as a teacher in 2014, and furthering her studies in drama and theatre education at Free State University, Kutala Mditshane, 51, has ...

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Educating needy children is Phelisa’s passion

Phelisa Nofingxana, 53, of eMaqhinebeni location in Viedgesville, about 20km from Mthatha, has changed lives in the remote area in many ...

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Drop In Centre a place where children are nurtured

“I believe in doing what you can where you are.” This is how Chintsa East local Themi Makefungana views her role in developing the community.
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Disabled, unemployed NPO founder a woman ‘who can ...

Facing unemployment is extremely stressful and traumatic, and even more so for people with disabilities. Living with both, Nosintu Mcimeli, 45, from Xilinxa Village in Ngqamakhwe, decided to register an NPO — Abanebhongo People with Disabilities ...
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Athenkosi Fani a proud advocate for LGBTQI+ community

Growing up as a gay man in the Eastern Cape, Athenkosi Fani, 24, did not have the easiest life, but vowed to ...

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SPCA’s Rademeyer there for animals and humans in need

Serving her community in various spheres, Qonce-born Annette Rademeyer does not take the privilege and opportunity to ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Founder of Shaping New Minds aims to give pupils a hand-up to tertiary education

Frustrated and despondent after his own experience of applying to tertiary institutions, Kwelerha-born Esethu Sotheni ...

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Mdantsane woman left corporate SA to help rural youth rise through education system in ...

Low self esteem is devastating schoolchildren, says Tabisa Loliwe, a corporate-trained  woman who has worn the shabby ...

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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 ...