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Deante recognised in AfrICAN awards

AfrICAN Children of the Year Awards

Work in community development and upliftment caught the eye

Deante Swart from Greytown was nominated for community development and upliftment in the AfrICAN Children of the Year Awards 2019 recently, and was announced winner in this category out of nominees from across Africa.

The annual AfrICAN Children of the Year Awards is the most important initiative of The Stacey Fru Foundation. Stacey is a teenage author originally from Johannesburg, who is involved in numerous social projects and also launched, through her foundation, CTVSA (Children’s TV South Africa).

Positive contribution to community

During the awards ceremony held on November 2, The Stacey Fru Foundation and its partners recognise children from the ages 7 to 13 across Africa, who are contributing positively to their community, country and the continent, “in a bid to glorify African gifts, but promote Africa to Africans as a continent of choice”.

Deante Swart, a winner at the AfrICAN Awards held on November 2, 2019.

The first ceremony was held in November last year, months after then 11-year-old Stacey, dedicated a portion of her life to promote and celebrate children from Cape to Cairo.

Their motto is “Arise AfrICAN Child. Growing Up. Growing Minds”. See

Deante Swart is 13 years old and a proud scholar of Wembley College in Greytown, South Africa. She believes that every child must be involved in community work from a young age and that we all can make a difference in our community and in the country. Deante lives by the motto “Be the change”. See her Instagram account: @deanteswart_fan_page

**Stacey Fru wrote a book titled “Smelly Cats”, aged just 9, which was the winner in the category of Best Early Childhood Development Publication 2015; Special Mention Category. The book has also been qualified by the National Department of Basic Education as a supplementary learning material at primary schools.


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