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Time to nominate 2024 Local Heroes

It time once again to celebrate community philanthropists and developers for their commitment to ploughing back without expecting anything in return.  Local changemakers ...

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‘I can’t just watch while my community is destroyed’

In each and every corner of the Eastern Cape, including the remote and deeply rural areas, you will run into talented people. Sometimes all that is ...

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Mkhululi Nzima helps kids take right path through soccer training

Scenery Park local hero Mkhululi Nzima dedicates his afternoons to coaching youngsters in his community in soccer in a bid to keep them away from ...

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Jurgen Fritz provides a safe haven for troubled ...

Jurgen Fritz embarked on a journey to positively influence the greater community of Buffalo Flats when he took over municipal space that was previously an eyesore littered with rubbish.
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Hot meals for kids is Manj Essen’s mission

Local Hero nominee Manj Essen, 50, from Dorchester Heights, has been organising hot meals for hundreds of children and asks for nothing in return.  The retired headmistress started the charity, Feed a Family East London (FAFEL), in 2020 at the ...
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Former gangster turns back on crime to help community

A 43-year-old man who turned his back on a life of crime has emerged as a beacon of hope and support within his ...

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Stephen Heger doing his bit for prostate cancer research, men’s mental health

For decades, the biking community has been burdened with the stereotype of gang-related violence and other ...

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Caring Karin works to help change lives every single day

The home of Karin de Bruin Exford is a one-stop-drop-shop for donations across the board — clothing, furniture, food, ...

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Local Heroes a shining inspiration for others to follow

To be a Local Hero is to give, be it food, seeds, clothes, shoes, time or care. The tireless efforts of community ...

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WATCH LIVE: LOCAL HEROES 2023

Watch as we unveil this years Local Heroes in our glittering annual red carpet event.

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Daily Dispatch book drive kicks off

The Daily Dispatch has put out its annual call for preloved literacy, collecting anything from fiction to children’s ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Mazwi opens heart and home to hungry pupils, recovering addict

Since opening the Hope Lithemba Kitchen in 2018, Brenda Mazwi’s Parkside home has become alive with children flocking ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Mother figure Linda Beja creates safe space for children to grow

An unassuming white house surrounded by construction-ridden roads in Quigney is a sanctuary for many children, run by ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Selfless nurturing of young talent makes SweetMama the toast of ...

For more than  30 years, Zalisile Marwanqana, better known as “Sweet Mama”, has been constantly nourishing young ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Good Samaritan Godfrey finds purpose in helping others

Poor Westbank residents who struggle to put food on their tables daily have some relief for three days in a week, ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Cancer diagnosis marked new beginning for Sam Ramsay

While some may view a cancer diagnosis as possibly the end to one’s life, it marked a new beginning for an East ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Mining mogul paying it back to his beloved community

Mxolisi Hoboyi embodies the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. Born in Mbutho village on the ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Petros Majola, a champion for the vulnerable

He is not afraid to upset anyone in his quest for justice, nor is he scared to take on authority or voice his opinion ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Guardian angel in Garcia, Kennitta Prinsloo, spreads hope and kindness

For more than 17 years, a ray of hope has shone over the lives of the less fortunate residents of Garcia Flats, in ...

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Local Heroes 2023: Pamela Mabini’s passion to uplift younger generation burns brightly

Pamela Mabini, 43, founder of the Maro Foundation, is a compassionate young woman who ensures that the world is a ...