Local Heroes

Local Heroes

Feeding scheme goes above and beyond come rain or shine

East London resident Bimal Ramnunan founded his Food for Life feeding scheme in 2014 and has since provided nutrition to hundreds of children and families in Braelyn and ...

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A passion for uplifting struggling young people

When she is not lecturing chemistry students at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva is mentoring young graduates and ...

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NPO feeding Mdantsane’s hungry since 2017

Starting the Real View Foundation to help the most vulnerable people in his community, Bulelani Fowl spends his days feeding children, the elderly, ...

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Zintle empowers young women to know their rights

Mdantsane-born Zintle Mbola dropped out of high school to look after her sister when she was just 15 years old.Now 22, she works as a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocate, educating young women.
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Pet Pals still there for furry friends

More than 200 animals have found sanctuary at the Pet Pals shelter, and founder Sue Kriel has dedicated the last nine years to giving an abundance of tender love and care to every animal that is brought to her. After realising the need for an ...
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Making sure hope springs from a landfill site

From the age of 12 Mthatha-born Noluyolo Mehlomakulu has worked with the impoverished eTipini community in her town. ...

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Making sure matriculants have that one magical evening

After offering to assist her parents in covering the costs for her younger sister's matric farewell dance, it donned on ...

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Rodney's passion is to give children a good start in life

Rodney Parsons has made it his mission for 12 years to ensure that children in his community, Amalinda, East London, ...

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Lali's passion for isiXhosa inspires a new generation in BCM

Hosting reading sessions for young children since 2017 is just one aspect of King William's Town-born radio presenter ...

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Siziwe turned retrenchment into the best thing that happened in Dimbaza

As a factory supervisor in Dimbaza, Siziwe Magobiyane had no idea she had the ability to improve her community, but ...

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Couple's foundation helps uplift their Mzamomhle community

Mavuyevelile and Amandla Solani have made it their mission to uplift their community. They started the Why Am I here ...

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Young at heart retiree still making a difference

From a Mdantsane woman with a start-up business to a Stoneydrift creche in need and a feeding scheme in Pefferville, ...

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Doing it for Downs

Up before sunrise and managing at least two training sessions every day, East London local Chad Wakeford plans to ...

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Thousands benefit from Keep a Girl in School NPO

After being approached by a young girl who had started her first menstrual cycle but had no money to buy sanitary ...

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Search is on for the Local Heroes of 2020

Entries for the Daily Dispatch and Johnson & Johnson Local Heroes campaign have officially opened and, now in its sixth ...

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Countdown to Local Heroes finalists

The Daily Dispatch and Johnson & Johnson Local Heroes Awards event is finally here! After a rigorous judging process, ...

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12 Local Hero finalists set to be honoured at special ceremony

 The time has arrived to celebrate our local heroes. A gala dinner will be held at the East London ICC on October ...

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Going extra mile to ensure best health for her patients

Zanyiwe Ndlazi-Jason has been a dedicated nurse at the Duncan Village Day Clinic for the last 10 years, but her passion ...

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Young philanthropist eyes pageants

When Amahle Qomfo was nine, she started helping people less fortunate than herself in Mdantsane.

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A cat-alyst for Furever change

Animal-loving duo Amy Long and Amber Wiggill have made it their mission to rescue as many cats as possible.

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