Media Statements


22 April 2015

Nominations have opened for the ninth annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards which were initiated by the South African Institute for Advancement to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.

Previous awardees include the Founding Directors of the Adonis Musati Project for refugees, Gayle McWalter and Gahlia Brogneri; 10-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Co-Founder of the ‘Spread Luv Movement’, Kgomotso Mokoena; the Ackerman family; Director of Hlumelelisa for convicted offenders, Paul Bruns; champion of orphans and vulnerable children in Durban, Mohamed Fayaz Khan; and Founding Chairman of The Atlantic Philanthropies Charles Feeney for his multi-million rand contribution to promoting social justice, better healthcare and human rights in South Africa.

Inyathelo Executive Director Shelagh Gastrow says an independent Awards Review Panel is currently looking for extraordinary people who are actively investing their own financial resources in small or big ways to improve their communities and South Africa - be it through the arts, education, health, environment, human rights, research or other causes. “Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of individuals wanting to make a difference, and our Awards seek to inspire others by recognising the incredible role models amongst us. Individual giving can be the largest source of donor money in South Africa and philanthropists play a critical role in effecting real systemic change through supporting innovative solutions to our many social, environmental and economic problems,” explains Gastrow.

Anyone can nominate their philanthropy hero by filling in the simple online nominationonline nomination form on the Philanthropy SA website ( or by contacting Inyathelo on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021-465 6981. Nominations close on 1 July 2015 and the awardees will be announced at a gala event in Cape Town in early November.