Bonang Matheba received a philanthropy and activist award and reminded us of other celebs with big hearts

Bonang Matheba attends The Nelson Mandela Global Gift Gala at Rosewood London
Bonang Matheba attends The Nelson Mandela Global Gift Gala at Rosewood London

If you thought that the only charitable thing that Bonang Matheba has done was to donate her dresses to lucky matriculants, you might be surprised to know how much bigger her heart is.

The 31-year-old media personality recently became the first ever recipient of the 5 For Changemaker Award at this year’s 5 For Change Black Tie Gala event, which took place on 27 October.

According to, the award was “in recognition of her work as the founder of The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund and for using her platform to advance social justice issues in South Africa and around the world.” But this is only the beginning for Bonang, as she hopes to send a significant number of young girls to university in the years to come. 

There are a few things that are as heartwarming and as inspiring as witnessing celebrities do good works where they see a need. To commend their big hearts, we've rounded up a few of the countless celebrities who are doing their part for humankind. 

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Basetsana Kumalo

Businesswoman, Basetsana Kumalo, with her husband Romeo Kumalo, founded an organisation that aims to provide support to orphaned children who have lost their parents to HIV and AIDS. In 2009, the foundation received an Inyathelo Philanthropy Merit Award for its commendable work.

Nomzamo Mbatha

Earlier this year, Isibaya actress, Nomzamo Mbatha, travelled to Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya to do her part as an ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Thando Thabethe

Actress and radio DJ, Thando Thabethe founded the Thando Thabethe Women's Netball challenge in 2014 and she's been raising money for charities and non-profit organisations that focus on the empowerment of women. Additionally, Thando is responsible for the #MakeItStop campaign and its role is to raise awareness for sexual and gender-based violence. 

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Jazz songbird, Lira has been part of a couple of charitable causes. This year, she reportedly donated school shoes to her old primary school in Benoni. According to this article, Lira is one of several celebrities who support and contribute to Clover Krush's project for donating school shoes to school children in the country. 

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