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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Gompo man’s crime-fighting forum inspired by personal loss

After losing both his brother and his son to crime on the same street in Duncan Village, Gompo resident Ludumo Salman decided to start a ...

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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 organisation, Kidlinks Small ...

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Mother to many’s compassion stems from her own ...

Having been rejected by her parents as a child and subjected to further trauma at the age of nine, Duncan Village-born Zandile Mtungata, 45, has made it her mission to help the many youth faced with challenges in her community. By being a ...
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Student with heart brings care and hope to BCM ...

Homeless people, dirty and in rags, emerge from pipes, culverts and ruins when Athenkoski Quko and friends arrive on Saturday. They know that caring humans have arrived to give them a shower, a meal and friendship in a disassociated, ...
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Dyira passes boxing knowledge to EC youngsters

Makhanda local Mfuzo 'Majeke' Dyira has spent the better part of the past two decades teaching youngsters — and adults ...

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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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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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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 Rescue ...

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Dispatch Local Heroes celebrated in virtual ceremony

Eastern Cape community builders have been acknowledged for their achievements and the work they do in our ...

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

After resigning as a teacher in 2014, and furthering her studies in drama and theatre education at Free State ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Disabled, unemployed NPO founder a woman ‘who can make something out of nothing’ to help ...

Facing unemployment is extremely stressful and traumatic, and even more so for people with disabilities. Living with ...

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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 ...