SA Heroes – Andries Douglas

Andries Douglas is a policeman and martial arts instructor who has been teaching karate, kobudo and self-defense to children and teenagers living on farms in remote rural areas of the Western Cape. He teaches them karate for free, and in exchange they must read a book. He calls it the “Reading for Life” programme and he credits his wife Eugenie with the idea.


SA Heroes – Kurt Minaar & Mavo Soloman

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.


Forerunners – Zenzele Fitness

Zenzele Fitness was founded by Itumeleng Phake. Zenzele Fitness offers fully wrapped, customised wellness solutions that allow its clients to get highly effective facilities and services in place with minimal headache. Clients provide suitable spaces for fitness facilities and Zenzelel design, furnish, outfit, operate and manage the facilities, allowing companies to see real results in their workforce.

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South African Heroes – Emile Jansen

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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South African Heroes – Lerato Machetela

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. 


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