67 KZN heroes honoured on Mandela Day

67 KZN heroes honoured on Mandela Day

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East Coast Breakfast host, Darren Maule, tickled funny bones with his stand-up comedy routine.

East Coast Breakfast co-host, Natarah Nadesan, and other presenters waited on the KZN community heroes as East Coast Radio acknowledged 67 phenomenal KZN residents who live Madiba’s values every day. Natarah is pictured here with Promise Shezi and Gretta Hlongwa.

East Coast Breakfast co-host, Natarah Nadesan, and other presenters waited on the KZN community heroes as East Coast Radio acknowledged 67 phenomenal KZN residents who live Madiba’s values every day. Natarah is pictured here with Promise Shezi and Gretta Hlongwa.

67 people from across KwaZulu-Natal have been acknowledged for the amazing work they do in making a difference in the lives of others. East Coast Radio received hundreds of nominations for its 67 Minutes for 67 People initiative. The station wanted to treat individuals who make every day Mandela Day by constantly living Madiba’s values – people who work tirelessly in the service of others; people who continue to influence lives in a meaningful way; who give 100% to make the world a little better.
From Durban and surrounding areas to Pietermaritzburg and Margate on the south coast, East Coast Radio honoured these 67 selfless individuals at a scrumptious lunch at Durban’s Waterfront Hotel today.

Alexia Zuma and Philisiwe Zondi with East Coast Radio’s Tanya Fourie.

Alexia Zuma and Philisiwe Zondi with East Coast Radio’s Tanya Fourie.

The men and women are all heroes in their communities and workplaces, working tirelessly to serve other. Some dedicate their own time and resources to help children while others prepare meals for disadvantaged families. Some are teachers who pack lunches for underprivileged children; others commit personal time to caring for the sick. These 67 community champs cast the net wide every day of their lives to spread a bit of joy to those less fortunate, to give hope and to make dreams happen.
The KZN heroes and their partners enjoyed a three course meal in the company of their favourite presenters. Alexia Zuma from Impendle was excited to spend a few hours with the ECR team in celebration of Madiba’s valued: “I feel like a queen! Today is my turn to be treated!”
The onair personalities including Bongani Mtolo, Natarah Nadesan, Sky Tshabalala, Deon Govender and Nolwazi Magwaza waited on tables and served the meals. East Coast Breakfast host Darren Maule tickled funny bones with his stand-up comedy routine, while presenter Msizi James proved why he was a semi-finalist on SA Idols season 9, when he entertained guests with a variety of songs.
The mood was celebratory and festive as the station took its hat off to some of KZN’s most noteworthy citizens. Founder of the NPO, Mega Smile Foundation, Akshi Rajbansi, was nominated by her best friend: “It’s awesome to be treated when you’re normally on the other “giving” side of it.”
“I’ve had so much fun today! Being here, celebrating Mandela Day with East Coast Radio, was
Just so special!” said Philisiwe Zondi.

ECR-logoPhotographer: Abhi Indarajan