Recipients of the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards at the ceremony held at the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town. (Image: Inyathelo)Armed only with a sense of concern, responsibility, compassion and drive, 12 extraordinary individuals are making a huge impact on the lives of others.Each of them was honoured for his or her selflessness at the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which took place at the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town. The school also provided entertainment for the night. Inyathelo is a non-profit organisation that seeks to strengthen civil society as a key component of South Africa’s democracy by developing a philanthropic movement to support both civil society and the country’s institutions.Zip Zap uses circus arts to assist young people who are at risk. It gives them access to opportunities and skills that will help them to grow into young leaders and ambassadors for South Africa.Speaking at the awards ceremony in the circus dome, Inyathelo executive director Shelagh Gastrow said: “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 among 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 as they are able to support more innovative and often unconventional solutions to our numerous social, environmental and economic problems.”Held on 6 November, it was the eighth outing of the annual awards. So far, 80 individuals have been recognised for their personal giving that has contributed to sustainable social change in South Africa. They include: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; nine-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel; the Ackerman family; Founder of Hope Warriors Children’s Charity Patrick Mashanda; former vice-chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Saleem Badat; and Alice Wamundiya, a former car guard from Rwanda who established an organisation to provide tertiary education for refugees.RECOGNITION IN 2014This year, the award winners were:Founding directors of the Adonis Musati Project for refugees, Gayle McWalter and Gahlia Brogneri: 2014 Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy;Founder of the Chess Development Project, Jabulani Ncubuka: Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development;Founding patron of The Ampersand Foundation, Jack Ginsberg: Award for Philanthropy in the Arts;Co-founder of the Spread Luv Movement, Kgomotso Mokoena: Youth in Philanthropy;Founder and president of the DAD Fund to nurture young leaders, Lyndon Barends: Philanthropy in Education;Founder and director of Hlumelelisa for convicted offenders, Paul Bruns: Philanthropy in Rehabilitation and Job Creation;Youth activist and founder of Vanthswa Va Xivono, Samuel Ntsanwisi: Philanthropy in Youth Development;Mohamed Fayaz Khan: Philanthropy in Child Welfare;Founders and funders of the HELP after-school education programme, Anna-Marie and Jan Kaars-Sijpesteijn: Philanthropy Award for Support in Education; and,Founding chairman of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Charles Feeney: 2014 Inyathelo Lifetime Philanthropy Award for Giving While Living.Gastrow said the recognition of Feeney and The Atlantic Philanthropies was important. “Atlantic has served as a key partner for education, health and human rights organisations in our country. Led by the late Gerald Kraak, Atlantic’s giving in South Africa was strategic and impactful, creating a community of individuals and organisations committed to democracy. The closure of Atlantic’s activity here is a challenge to local philanthropy to step into the breach and to move away from working within a charitable paradigm towards targeting initiatives that bring about systemic change.”THE ATLANTIC PHILANTHROPIESCharles “Chuck” Feeney was born during the Great Depression in the US to working class Irish parents. He started his entrepreneurial endeavours at an early age by selling Christmas cards door-to-door and teaming up with a friend to shovel pavements during snowstorms.After high school he enlisted in the army and once he completed his service, he took advantage of the GI Bill, a government-funded education benefit for veterans, to attend Cornell University, becoming the first member of his family to go to college.According to Inyathelo, Feeney believes that people who have been fortunate to amass great wealth should use their wealth for a greater good. In 1982, he established The Atlantic Philanthropies, which has made grants totalling more than $6.5-billion (R71.3-billion), focused on promoting education, health, peace, reconciliation and human dignity.SPREAD LUV MOVEMENTThe Spread Luv Movement is the result of a group of eight successful friends who wanted to use their experience and knowledge to inspire disadvantaged young people, and help put them on the path to success.According to Inyathelo, Mokoena, an attorney specialising in labour and media law, placed her personal resources at the disposal of this project. Together with her professional colleagues and friends, she has provided career guidance and advice to hundreds of high school pupils at more than 45 under-resourced schools in and around Johannesburg over the past four years.Mokoena said: “Me and my friends, others whom we go back as far as high school, counted our blessings and thought how we could give back. It still surprises us every day how we started an NGO.”The movement also helps pupils apply for bursaries and many of the youngsters it has mentored have gone on to excel in their tertiary studies.
17 May 2016NATIONAL NEWS: John Kani appears in Captain America: Civil War> https://t.co/tQSQfrfdyt@Emperorcrespo pic.twitter.com/cBUwMwSaBP— Pretoria Rekord (@RekordNewspaper) May 6, 2016In the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Captain America: Civil War, South African star John Kani portrays the king of the Wakanda nation, a fictional African country. To give the role greater authenticity, Kani used Xhosa as the indigenous language of Wakanda during a scene with US actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa, his son, heir, and the Black Panther.Kani recently spoke to the South African Sunday Times newspaper about the role and how he convinced directors Joe and Anthony Russo to give the characters a true African feel, as opposed to how the continent and its people have been portrayed on film in the past.“I asked the directors ‘why am I speaking English to my son?’ We are supposed to be from Africa.”The Russo brothers enthusiastically agreed. Kani taught Boseman a few phrases and how to get the unique Xhosa click perfect. Kani said the directors enjoyed the clicks because it gave the dialogue a sense of realism.Since opening at cinemas at the end of April, proud and pleasantly surprised South Africans took to Twitter to celebrate this small slice of Mzansi in Hollywood.Bravo @chadwickboseman & Dr. John Kani! The interaction between T’Challa & T’Chaka was Epic #CaptainAmericaCivilWar pic.twitter.com/QiXwumhzaC— Team Black Panther (@JerrellZod) May 16, 2016I didn’t know that John Kani is also in Captain America Civil War. I am so proud of him— Era Baloyi (@EraBaloyi) May 15, 2016That scene when John Kani speaks isiXhosa on the #CaptainAmerica movie, priceless #thisflag— #7XPSLchampsSundowns (@hector_mbatha) May 14, 2016Respect to John Kani for getting the producers to put isiXhosa into Captain America. — Sweeterman (@DuziNyosi) May 14, 2016Got so excited when I heard the legendary SA actor(John Kani) speaking isiXhosa on Captain America.— Liga Champion (@LulamaFCB_RCB) May 8, 2016Hear the rest of the interview with Kani on the making of Captain America: Civil War. He shares unique insights on the Hollywood blockbuster from the perspective of one of Africa’s most accomplished actors.John KaniKani has been acting for over 50 years, first finding widespread fame performing and writing with playwright Athol Fugard in Sizwe Bansi is Dead in the early 1970s. He performed the play on both the West End and Broadway. He also won a Tony award for his performance in 1975.He became the first black South Africa to perform as Shakespeare’s Othello in apartheid South Africa in 1987.During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Kani appeared in a number of local and international films, including A Dry White Season, The Ghost In The Darkness and End Game, which dealt with the ANC-National Party negotiations during the final days of apartheid. Kani played Oliver Tambo to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Thabo Mbeki.The Black PantherCreated in 1966, the Black Panther character is the first black superhero in American mainstream comic culture and the first to have an African origin story.He is the son of the King of Wakanda, where a meteorite imbued superpowers to the royal and his descendants to protect the country’s people and fight against evil threatening the continent.The Black Panther began as a supporting character in the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider Man and Daredevil. Soon the character had his own comic book title, where some of the best and most outspoken African-American and African writers and artists have built on the Black Panther’s mythology.A Black Panther standalone film is currently in pre-production, with award- winning director Ryan Coogler. Boseman will reprise his role. The film will be shot in Africa and feature actors and crew from the continent, including South Africa. The film will be released in 2018.Source: Sunday Times