Cape Town - Twelve extraordinary individuals have been honoured at the annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards.
The gala event, which took place at the Zip Zap Circus Dome in Cape Town on Thursday evening, was initiated by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement eight years ago to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.
The founding directors of the Adonis Musati Project for refugees, Gayle McWalter and Gahlia Brogneri, were the recipients of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy;
THe founder of the Chess Development Project, Jabulani Ncubuka, received the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development;
The passionate supporter of South African contemporary art and founding patron of The Ampersand Foundation, Jack Ginsberg, was the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts;
The co-founder of the "Spread Luv Movement", Kgomotso Mokoena, received the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Youth in Philanthropy;
The founder and president of the DAD Fund to nurture young leaders, Lyndon Barends, was the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Education;
The founder and director of Hlumelelisa for convicted offenders, Paul Bruns, received the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Rehabilitation and Job Creation;
The youth activist and founder of Vanthswa Va Xivono, Samuel Ntsanwisi received the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development;
The champion of orphans and vulnerable children in Durban, Mohamed Fayaz Khan, was the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Child Welfare;
The founders and funders of the after-school education programme Help, Anna-Marie and Jan Kaars-Sijpesteijn, received the 2014 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Support in Education;
For his multi-million rand contribution to promoting social justice, better healthcare and human rights in South Africa, the founding chairman of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Charles Feeney, was the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Lifetime Philanthropy Award for Giving While Living.
Inyathelo executive director Shelagh Gastrow said all of the awardees demonstrated initiative and leadership, using their personal funds in a strategic way to make a difference.
“Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of individuals like those we have honoured tonight. Our awards seek to inspire others to give by recognising the incredible role models amongst us," she said.
"Individual giving can be the largest source of donor money in South Africa and philanthropists play a critical role in effecting real systemic change as they are able to support more innovative and often unconventional solutions to our numerous social, environmental and economic problems.”