Semi-Finalists

 

1 Frank

Frank Malaba is an actor, playwright & published poet.

“I have a passion for using poetry, storytelling & theatre as a method of healing for both myself & others. I used to run a soup kitchen and free clinic for the homeless between 2004 & 2007 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I am driven by the human element in all my work and believe the biggest resource on the planet is people”.

 

2 Ilana

Ilana Friedman is the Founding Director of Magical Moments. She is deeply passionate about creating sustainable change for children in SA.

“A lifetime involved with charitable organisations since the age of 20, I am the founding Director of Magical Moments, established in 2004. I have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in SA. I dedicated my life to the upliftment of children through Magical Moments and adults through The SOAR Institute for over 10 years”.

 

3 Lesley

Lesley Rochat is an award-winning marine and shark conservationist, and founder of AfriOceans, a non profit organisation, and Shark Warrior Adventures, a self-funding initiative.

“I’m the project director of numerous environmental education programmes for underprivileged children, of a scientific research project, and many education and awareness projects, documentaries etc.  I believe in giving back to both people and the Earth, you can’t save the one without saving the other”.

 

4 Zuenè

Zuenè Taljaard is a 33 year old lecturer  with a great love for her family and friends and a passion for people, to uplift and encourage them, through the grace of God.

“My heart is for the broken. I have helped at various rural children’s homes, assisted by giving children a Christmas party and presents. Each year I choose one charity that I focus on helping. As a lecturer, I can easily and confidently speak to people, I listen to their hurts and cries and then try to uplift them and their circumstances”.

 

5 Adele

Adele Wotherspoon is a wife, mother, business owner, entrepreneur and humanitarian. She is also Mrs Africa Globe Classic.

“I support several charities, my Mrs Africa charities are Dignity Dreams and Deskbags, my community projects include: Tower of Life; Cradle of Hope and Mugg & Tree, and my own NGO is: assoSHEation, a Womens’ Networking Breakfast to empower women. I am the current Mrs Africa Globe Classic, but the title is only a title if it is used to make a difference. I am making a difference daily”.

 

6 Erica

Erica Pienaar considers herself to be passionate & considerate. She is committed to helping grade 12 learners, showing them that with hard work, comes success.

“I was one of the founding members of Princess Project, 12 years ago. We assist young girls and boys to attend their matric farewell. Through this work I believe that I make a difference in their lives”.

 

8 Charnay

Charnay Sargent is a fun loving, happy, dedicated and motivated woman. She is passionate about helping others and have dedicated most of her 26 years in doing so.

“I have had the privilege of working with among others Stepping stone, House Otto, Cotlands baby home, Lighthouse child care, members of the South Rand Hospital, SPCA, and less fortunate people around Johannesburg. I am a well-spoken ambitious and hard-working woman who is looking for another platform to share my love for helping others less fortunate than I am”

 

9 Lerato

Lerato Maukangwe is a single mom, freelance dancer and instructor. She is always looking for the silver lining in any situation and always ready to lend an ear, hand or shoulder.

“I unfortunately don’t have “famous” charities under my belt, I just try to give back to my community by offering my dance/fitness services for free. I also counsel people who may need it. I love people! I have a positive, charming, empathetic, outgoing personality. I have a desire to share/show God’s love wherever I go”.

 

10 Ndileka

Ndileka Zameni is originally from Bedford in the Eastern Cape, married, and the mother of 3 kids. She has always looked after children in need.

I started the Educare centre for 0-5 kids and in 2005 I started Siyaphambili, where we take care of orphans and vulnerable people due to HIV/AIDS. We help them with their various problems etc. I have dedicated my life to helping other people and even use my family home to accommodate, feed, clothe, empower and educate those in need”.