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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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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, from Berea work to better the ...

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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 into the Nyara Youth ...

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Empty nest and big heart a godsend for Gonubie ...

The question of how one person can save 100 homeless cats is obvious for Gonubie resident Debbie Kelly — “just sterilise one”.
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Trevor Willard wants beaten men to know it’s OK ...

Retiree Trevor Willard, 62, keeps a file of letters from men his organisation has helped pull back from the brink of death.   These are not simply words of thanks, but detailed descriptions of the action taken by Willard and his NPO, Open Hands, ...
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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 ...

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Reusable sanitary pads bring girls back to the classroom

Local Hero nominee Lindy van der Vyver, 64, from Kei Road, spends ten hours a week cutting fabric and sewing buttons ...

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One man’s mission to support his community

Bulelani Fowl, 39, from Mdantsane, had a calling to support his community in whatever way he could.

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Mzwakali strives to get the disabled mobile

Living with a disability for 25 years has inspired Nolonwabo Mzwakali to assist those who have a similar condition to ...

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Eastern Cape entrepreneur uses revenue from music festival to give back to community

Using the universal language of music, local hero nominee Siyabulela Madyo raises money to provide much-needed goods ...

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‘Seeing people happy makes me happy’

Coming from an impoverished background, Asavela Nqetho is trying to change people’s lives by donating preloved clothes ...

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Law student offers additional tuition in various subjects to matrics in Mdantsane

Convinced that every young person deserves the opportunity to receive a first-class education, Athenkosi Kinana, 19, ...