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Media Statement issued by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement

Embargoed until 8pm on Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Eight exceptional South Africans have been honoured at the prestigious 7th annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, including an 8-year-old Johannesburg schoolgirl who is spearheading the fight against rhino poaching. The annual gala event, which took place at the Cape Town City Hall tonight (Tuesday, 5 November 2013), was initiated by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.

The following individuals were presented with awards:

  • 8-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy. Read more ...
  • Chairperson of the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town, Victoria Nel, received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development. Read more ...
  • Founder of the Sedikong sa Lerato feeding centre for vulnerable children in Polokwane, Mavis Mathabatha, received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Food Security. Read more ...
  • Founders of the Lungisani Indlela Village for vulnerable children in Verulam KwaZulu-Natal, Tich and Joan Smith, received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Community Development. Read more ...
  • Founder of the Care-Net Development and Support Centre for vulnerable children in Winterveld outside Pretoria, Mmatsatsi Mokgohloa, also received an Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Community Development. Read more ...
  • Founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity in Soshanguve north of Pretoria, Patrick Mashanda received the 2013 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Youth in Philanthropy. Read more ...
  • Leading businessman and founder of the Riverlea Development Trust in Eldorado Park outside Johannesburg, Jeffrey van Rooyen, received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Read more ... 
  • And for his tireless work over many years to uplift the Westlake community in Cape Town, James McGregor received the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy. Read more ...

Inyathelo Executive Director Shelagh Gastrow says Cape Town’s grand old lady was a fitting location to thank these remarkable philanthropists for their passion, commitment, generosity and foresight. “The City Hall will be forever famous as the spot from which Nelson Mandela gave his first address on the day he was released from prison in 1990. As he stood on the balcony, Mandela pledged to place the remaining years of his life in our collective hands. It was a declaration of trust and a call to serve which is why we believe this is the right place to honour those South Africans who have answered his call,” explains Gastrow.

Refiloe Seseane, a past Inyathelo awardee and former TV soap star who started the organisation 18twenty8 to empower young women, hosted the awards, and Jonathan Schrire, another past awardee who brought together two disparate communities to build thousands of houses in Vrygrond, Cape Town, was the guest speaker. The 500 guests were also entertained by the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Zip Zap Circus School and a talented group of 40 young violinists from Cape Town’s Masidlale Strings Project – which means, ‘let us play’.

Inyathelo Programme Director Gabrielle Ritchie says they had well over a hundred nominations for this year’s awards so the independent review panel had a tough time making their final decision.“The Inyathelo awardees resist any kind of categorisation. They come from the most diverse walks of life, range in age from 8 to 85, and have tremendously varied reasons for why they serve the causes that they do. Some simply say that they saw something that wasn’t right, rolled up their sleeves and set about finding a solution, often in the face of overwhelmingly difficult circumstances. Feeding schemes, health clinics, education programmes, art projects, childcare facilities, community support groups and so many more innovative and remarkable projects have been founded and supported by the Inyathelo Awardees,” says Ritchie.  

Over eighty philanthropists have so far been honoured with Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, including the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; the Ackerman family; National Treasure and community worker Grace Masuku; 13-year Jordan van der Walt whose ‘Just One Bag’ campaign has fed over a million school children; and Alice Wamundiya, a former car guard from Rwanda who established an organisation to provide tertiary education for refugees.

ENDS.

Notes to Editors:

  • High resolution photographs of the awardees and their projects are available on our website http://www.philanthropy.org.za/high-res-images.html for your use. Inyathelo holds the copyright to all the images so no permissions or credits are required.
  • The awardees biographies and related links to articles and social media are also available on our website.
  • You Tube videos of each of the awardees and their projects are available at www.youtube.com/inyathelo
  • You can follow us on twitterwww.twitter.com/inyathelo using the hashtag #InyatheloAwards
  • You can view gallery images of the 2013 Inyathelo Awards event at the Cape Town City Hall on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/inyathelo

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