TAKING HOME THE GREEN: Minet Rastar Nojoko with the 2017 local heroes calendar and trophy that he won at the Daily Dispatch Local Heroes competition on Thursday November 25
Port Alfred’s Minet “Rastar” Nojoko was one of 12 finalists in the Local Heroes competition to be held by Daily Dispatch and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in association with KFC Add Hope Campaign in East London on Thursday.
Nojoko and his wife were treated to a night in the Premier hotel and a makeover prior to the glitzy gala dinner held at the East London Convention Centre.
“I am honoured to be chosen as a local hero,” he said.
Other worthy local heroes were doctors, teachers and owners of day care centres. One little boy gave R1000 to a security guard whose home had burned down.
The owner of the orphanage who won first prize, Sue Davies, won R90 000.
400 guests, including Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle, gathered together to acknowledge and acclaim the prize winners.
Nojoko and the other finalists were selected by a panel of judges, including Daily Dispatch editor Sibusiso Ngalwa, from a list of nominees from all over the country.
A video team from the Daily Dispatch went to Nemato to take pictures of the gardens which Nojoko has helped his fellow-residents to create thus far.
Not only has Nojoko given unemployed people work to do, but he has also helped them to make ends meet and feed their families, not to mention contributing to the greening of Nemato.
It is the second time the annual competition has been held.