South African Heroes

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 and eNCA television channels.

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Meet our latest South African Heroes

  • Kurt Minaar and Mavo Solomon are maths teachers who go above and beyond to invest in their communities. Mavo, a trained engineer, left Johannesburg in 2014 where he was working as an Energy Analyst for Eskom. He now spends his days teaching Mathematics and Physical Science voluntarily to matric learners in Mlungisi Township, Queenstown – his hometown. Kurt has been teaching grade 8 learners at the Ebon Donges High School in Kraaifontein, Cape Town. for the past 8 years. He uses alternative ways of teaching Maths to help grasp their attention. Kurt is also a hip hop dancer and has competed internationally. Kurt’s greater vision is to develop a revised curriculum with the department of education that caters for the needs of all types of learning categories.


  • Phinius Sebatsane is a volunteer at the Waterberg Welfare Society in Limpopo. The organisation aims to provide help and support to people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Through various projects, including sports, radio and workshops, he works tirelessly to empower young children with life skills.

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  • Emile Jansen is a hip-hop pioneer from Cape Town. He is also the founder of both Heal the Hood Project and Black Noise. The Heal the hood project is currently active in 8 schools around the Western Cape, teaching Hip hop Dance, Art and writing (rap and short stories). Emile wants young people to see their potential, travel overseas and see their artistic ability as a way to survive. He has spoken to more than 80 000 youth through national motivational school’s tours and He has helped over 189 kids who traveled to performed internationally. An ex-school teacher, Emile is very active in the local communities as a teacher and guidance counsellor and he’s also written several books and released DVDs on hip hop culture.


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