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Media Statement issued on behalf of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement

Embargoed until 7pm on Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Twelve exceptional individuals have been honoured at the prestigious 6th annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, including two former car guards, a National Living Treasure, a transgender activist and a Grade 6 pupil from St John’s Preparatory School. The awards, which took place at The Campus in Johannesburg tonight (Tuesday 30 October 2012), were established by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement in 2007 to acknowledge, celebrate and profile those who have committed their personal resources towards broader social development in South Africa.

The following individuals received awards:

  • 12-year-old St John’s pupil Jordan van der Walt received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy for his ‘Just One Bag’ campaign that has fed over a million hungry school children. Read more.
  • Environmentalist and National Living Treasure Grace Masuku received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Community Philanthropy for her contribution to the communities of Moruleng in North West province. Read more.
  • Business strategist Athol Williams received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Education for his work to improve schools in gang-ridden areas of Cape Town. Read more.
  • Lex Kirsten received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy for promoting the rights of transgender and intersex people in South Africa and across the continent. Read more.
  • Alice Wamundiya received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy for improving access to tertiary education for refugees living in South Africa. Read more.  
  • Siblings Gerald and Jacqueline Fox received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for International Philanthropy to South Africa for improving the safety of homes in informal settlements. Read more.
  • Retired businessman Ahmed Mia Cassim received the 2012 Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy for building new classrooms for the Johannesburg Council for the Disabled school in Lenasia, Johannesburg. Read more.
  • Former car guard and founder of the ‘Self Help Christian Refugees Association’ Lukozi Bulimwengo received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy for providing English and computer training to refugees. Read more.
  • Farmer and doctor Peter John Farrant received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy for his contribution to secondary education and the prevention and treatment of HIV. Read more.
  • Entrepreneur and founder of the Upbeat Youth Centre, Amon Maseko received the 2012 Inyathelo Award for Youth in Philanthropy for his work with impoverished and dispirited youth in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga. Read more.
  • Founder and Chairperson of the Maadi Community Foundation in Egypt, Marwa El Daly, received the 2012 African Grantmakers Network African Philanthropy Award for her work with disadvantaged young people in Cairo. Read more.

Inyathelo Executive Director Shelagh Gastrow says they received over 130 nominations this year, from every province and all sections of society. “The range and depth of nominations reflects the growing number of ways in which many ordinary South Africans are making personal financial contributions to actively develop and improve our country - be it through advocacy, the arts, education, healthcare, or the provision of basic services. The Inyathelo Awards seek to recognise and commend these people publicly, and inspire others to join a growing philanthropic movement in South Africa which is rooted in the African cultural heritage of sharing,” explains Gastrow.

This year, the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards event forms part of the biennial African Grantmakers Network Assembly, bringing together hundreds of philanthropists and grantmakers from across the continent. Inyathelo Philanthropy Co-ordinator Alfred Thutloa says the Assembly will explore how philanthropy works to address critical social justice and development issues facing African countries. “Individual giving could be the biggest source of donor money in South Africa and philanthropists can play an important role in providing services to poor and vulnerable people; a voice to those who remain unheard; and innovative solutions to our many social problems without always insisting on making a profit,” says Thutloa.

Previous Inyathelo Philanthropy Awardees include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Raymond Ackerman; Kanchana Moodliar, founder of the Saris for Good Karma Project; best-selling author Richard Mason who established the Kay Mason Foundation in memory of his late sister; the Lubner family who set up Ma’Afrika Tikkun, an organisation caring for vulnerable children and Refiloe Seseane, a TV personality who started the organisation 18twenty8 to empower young women.

ENDS.

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