PEP STORES founder Renier Van Rooyen and the founder of the Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay, Dwyn Griesel, are among the 10 entrepreneurs and philanthropists honoured for generous contributions to social change. Started in 2007 by the SA Institute for Advancement, the fifth annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards were held last night at the Mount Nelson Hotel to recognise individuals who used their own resources to improve social development.
The 10 philanthropists were selected by peers, community members or non-profit organisations who benefit from their contributions. Renier Van Rooyen and Dr Allan Gray won awards for lifetime philanthropy, while Bridgette Mamugubudi and Dr Gcwalisile Kabanyane were recognised for community philanthropy. Other winners were Cornelis and Marion Cloete (family philanthropy), Bronwen Jones (philanthropy in health), Kanchana Moodliar (youth philanthropy), Dwyn Griesel (arts philanthropy) and Mark Schwartz (international philanthropy to SA).