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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Lerato Machetela is a clinical psychologist based in the old impoverished mining town of Jagersfontein. She assembled a group of 14 young men who call themselves Jagersfontein’s Diamonds in the Rough. Combining elements from psychology, education, and entertainment, Machetele has established a platform that grounds these young ones adrift in circumstances. By means of song and dance, these young ones have become grounded through creativity. Lerato also runs a literacy and photography project at the schools.
For more information visit https://jagers14.wordpress.com/
Ons Plek Projects runs a girls’ shelter in Cape Town. Each year almost 100 – 150 girls between 6 and 18 years leave home to fend for themselves on the streets of Cape Town. The girls have left home to escape physical abuse and neglect or have been sent away as their families cannot support them. Through its various projects and support structures Ons Plek strives to ensure that these girls get off the streets, back into the education system and reunite with their families, where possible.
For more information visit www.onsplek.org.za
Dr Carol Hofmeyr lives in the tiny hamlet of Hamburg in the Eastern Cape on the Keiskamma River, a small community ravaged by poverty and HIV. She offers living proof that art is good medicine. She is the founder of The Keiskamma Trust is a unique project in one of the poorest areas of South Africa. The Trust combines the medical care of AIDS and HIV sufferers with ambitious art projects, which enable women to learn new skills and earn money to support themselves and their families.
For more information visit www.keiskamma.com