Local Heroes

2020 Local Heroes

A proud initiative of Daily Dispatch in partnership with Johnson & Johnson


 The Initiative

Daily Dispatch started the Local Heroes initiative in 2015 with Johnson & Johnson. Together, we are committed to this project, to uncover the real Heroes in our communities. We’re looking for the 2020 Local Heroes!

A local hero is an ordinary citizen who selflessly does extraordinary work for their community.

Based in East London, both Daily Dispatch and Johnson & Johnson understand the unique challenges of the East London community. We are invested in the continued development of this area and its people, especially people who work towards making a difference in their communities, like we have endeavoured to do over multiple decades.

Together our positive brand synergy has made the Local Heroes initiative a highlight on the East London calendar.

We need your help! Nominate your Local Heroes.

We’re calling on you to help us identify the heroes of the Eastern Cape. We endeavour to publish two stories per week to highlight the Local Heroes you have nominated from February until mid-July 2020. Once an article is published, the nominee is automatically shortlisted as a Local Hero, and their story will be reviewed by our judging panel for consideration. Twelve finalists are selected from approximately sixty shortlisted candidates. These twelve finalists will be revealed as the 2020 Local Heroes at a prestigious gala ceremony at the East London ICC on Thursday, 29 October 2020, and known as the Top 12 Local Heroes of 2020.

The East London community is invited to attend the gala ceremony and be inspired by our Local Heroes as we enjoy a three-course meal and watch videos of the Local Heroes and their projects.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The call for nominations opens from 3 February 2020 and closes on 15 July 2020. Thereafter, no further nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominees must make an impact in the Eastern Cape and preferably as local as possible.
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be renominated in subsequent years.
  • Nominations can be in any category including education, health, social development, art and more.
  • Nominees may not qualify if their service within the community was substantially financed by private or public institutions.

What are the judges looking for?

  1. The Nominee has made a measurable and dramatic change in lives of others through the Nominee’s efforts.
  2. The Nominee has created lasting change with a measurable and sustainable programme that will exist into the future.
  3. The Nominee has overcome great personal challenges and sacrifices to help others.
  4. The Nominee has left a great legacy in his/her community and has inspired others to enact change or to get involved in some way.
  5. The Nominee has left a great legacy in his/her community and has inspired others to enact change or to get involved in some way.

How do I enter?

  1. Nominate your local hero by sending an e-mail to localheroes@dispatch.co.za

Please indicate the following details about your nominee:

  • Name & Surname
  • Cell Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Two paragraph motivation about why your nominee is a local hero.
  • Please also include your full name and surname, cell number and e-mail address.

How will I know if my nominee is a finalist?

  1. Winners are only revealed on the night of the Local Heroes Gala Ceremony on Thursday, 29 October 2020.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Arena Holdings and Johnson & Johnson, employees, and their immediate families and agents may NOT enter.
  2. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. The nominations close on 15 July 2020.
  4. Nominees must agree to take part in publicity for Local Heroes.
  5. The Judging Committee reserves the right to withdraw a nominee if further information of the nominee’s conduct draws disrepute to the Daily Dispatch, Johnson and Johnson, any associate sponsors or to the Local Hero Awards.