PHILANTHROPISTS who have contributed their time and money to the social development of South Africa can now be nominated for the annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards. Adrienne Coetzee, the awards' manager of communications, said a lot of South Africans were very modest about their work. And although it had been quite a journey to get the awards up and running, they had grown in leaps and bounds since beginning in 2007.
"Last year there were 12 winners who did amazing things," she said. "The Lifetime Philanthropy Award went to a man in Alexandria who did incredible work. His home was bombed during the apartheid era and he turned his place into a community centre, with a library and all." Coetzee said the main aim of the awards was to showcase philanthropy across South Africa. "Nominations have been received from all over the country," she said, adding that anyone from any level of society could be a philanthropist, even if it involved giving as little as R1 to a cause. Nominations are open for this year's awards, which will be presented on November 15. Individuals, couples or families are eligible to be nominated. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the internet at www.inyathelo.org.za