Local Heroes

Local Heroes

Paramedic couple stares virus in the face daily

Spending most days in an ambulance or at the office, and almost always on call, local paramedic couple Tayla Harvey and Daniel Lister have seen the best and worst of the ...

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Single mum doctor spearheads mobile testing teams

Nozipho Jaxa has been devoted to her job for as long as she can remember. The doctor and single mother of two has been working non-stop in the ...

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Lawyer starts NPO to help other widows

Having to process her husband’s death and comfort five children, two their own, while fending off his family’s abuse during this time drove Boniswa ...

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Daily Dispatch, Johnson & Johnson partner ...

In honour of Mandela Day, the Daily Dispatch and Johnson & Johnson have partnered with 2019 local hero finalist John Goodrich to help those in need. For more than a decade, Goodrich has been collecting and repairing old or broken computers and ...
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NPO offers a clean slate to ex-offenders

Aiming to rehabilitate, empower and equip those who have been excluded from society, Clean Slate founder Brian Francis is determined to ensure his organisation stays true to its mission. Clean Slate is an NPO that works mainly with ex-offenders in ...
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Happy Routes club a swimming success

Zwelitsha resident Bongolethu Mduba has always cared for others, even as a young man.   The 38-year-old is the founder ...

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Nothing is wasted, says East London dynamo

Monique Lottering, 35, who runs a recycling service from her home, is passionate about two things: the planet and its ...

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Without Walls ministry far more than just a church

Since starting the Without Walls ministry more than 15 years ago, East London local Carolynn Struwig, has since ...

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Tracy King takes Supermom to new level

“I am a mother at heart and it is my joy to love these children and be there for them in their most intense time of ...

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Nisha’s on a mission to help others

Making lemonade out of the lemons of life is a motto East London local Nisha Varghese embraces.   Making lemonade ...

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Nhlanhla Mosele determined to help the youth realise their potential

Frustrated with the lack of support for youngsters in his community, Nhlanhla Mosele, 37, started his non profit ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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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