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Local Heroes

Local Heroes

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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Parkside mom keeps daughter’s memory alive by helping other ...

Laken King, 32, from Parkside, understands the profound grief that comes from losing a child to cancer, but bravely returns to the Frere Hospital ...

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Hot chips the only meal for many children in Scenery Park

For hundreds of children in Scenery Park, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays are when they get a meal of fresh bread and hot chips provided by Local ...

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Dikeni runner gives back to hometown

For the past year social runner Siphiwe Bukani has been giving back to his hometown in Dikeni, donating school shoes and shirts.
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Multiplying a love of maths among Khowa’s ...

Understanding maths and science is a cornerstone of academic excellence, and Local Hero nominee Vuyani Nkalitshane instils a passion for the subjects in the high school pupils he mentors, to better their final marks.
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‘Sometimes it’s eat or die,’ says Tubs

Though some people might not care if a non-profit organisation doesn’t make it, or if the hungry get fed, in this ...

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‘The more I do, the more I’m driven to do more’ says Amanda Timms

No-one can call Local Heroes nominee Amanda Timms a slacker, especially when it come to making a difference.

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The two hearts of the Sophumelela Centre

Priest and community liaison Siyabulela Nana, 43, from Kidd's Beach and programme co-ordinator Pamela Pitili, 43, ...

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Robyn Mafanya comes home to start youth upliftment NGO

Local Hero nominee Robyn Mafanya, 31, left her Cape Town life behind and transformed the old Eastern Cape family farm ...

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Empty nest and big heart a godsend for Gonubie ferals

The question of how one person can save 100 homeless cats is obvious for Gonubie resident Debbie Kelly — “just ...

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Trevor Willard wants beaten men to know it’s OK to cry

Retiree Trevor Willard, 62, keeps a file of letters from men his organisation has helped pull back from the brink of ...

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Helping Hand gives old clothes a second life

When people see the laden grey bakkie approaching, they know help is behind the wheel.  Pensioner Noloyiso ...

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A place of love and care

The Open Arms Home for Children in Komga has committed itself to raise children to become independent adults through ...

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Wongalethu High School clerk ignites pupils’ rugby dreams

Athabile Ngoloyi works behind a desk as the administrative clerk at Wongalethu High School in Mdantsane but as soon as ...

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Chantel brings magic of Christmas to 250 kids every year

Local Hero nominee Chantel Walker, 45, from Amalinda, swaps sleighs for motorbikes to deliver Christmas cheer to ...

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‘Whatever we need — porridge, clothes, medicine — she carries her love like a river’

Many families with empty cupboards, hungry mouths and broken homes have found sanctuary in the kindness of freelance ...

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Qonce taxi owner Anele Mbambani does all he can to help people in the community where he ...

Taxi owner Anele Mbambani, 47, from Kwalini in Qonce uses his spare time and money to uplift the community that ...

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Mdantsane day care founder works to give children a brighter future

Nomfundiso Mdyogolo, 54, from Mdantsane NU14, enriches the minds of toddlers and young children to ensure a brighter ...

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Hairdresser with heart brightens lives of the elderly and sick

Barbara Ann Bezuidenhout, 69, from Vincent, helps restore the dignity of the sick and dying through her hairdressing ...

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Siphokazi Mpofu offers space for victims of abuse to speak up, share and heal

Author Siphokazi Mpofu, 35, from Selbourne, uses social media to counsel victims of abuse through her NPO Izibazana ...