South African Heroes is an initiative created by eMedia Holdings to profile individuals who go the extra mile to contribute to their communities. We believe that an important part of developing a South African identity, pride and patriotism is ensuring that all South Africans have faith in their fellow men and women, whether they work in public institutions or serve the greater good through their own personal and financial sacrifices. We are on a mission to find the inspiring unsung heroes of our nation and honor them by filming and sharing their stories daily on our e.tv and eNCA television channels.
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Sipho Mangesi, a qualified pilot, uses his own for groups of learners in the Eastern Cape to experience the joys of air travel. Since 2013 he has aimed to teach learners about career opportunities in aviation and motivate young people in disadvantaged communities.
Waves For Change provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly Surf Therapy sessions, W4C gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.
For more information: www.waves-for-change.org
The Lunchbox Fund aims to see that no child goes hungry in the classroom by providing school-day meals for learners at schools in communities where domestic food security is an issue. You can’t teach a hungry child, as malnutrition affects one’s ability to learn and develop, which prompted the organisation to ensure the nutritious meals reach those learners who need them most. Improved school attendance and better academic results are just some of the benefits the organisation brings to the thousands of learners it feeds every day.
For more information: thelunchboxfund.org