Recognition for everyday heroes

GOSPEL, jazz, comedy, dance, moving tributes and a celebration of women – and one man – making a difference marked the Beyond The Balance Sheet awards dinner held in Port Elizabeth at the weekend. 

The second annual awards dinner was organised by The Herald GM Citizen of the Year award winner Nosi Ncoyo through her empowerment firm Vision4 Women, to honour women who go beyond their day-to-day jobs. 

Master of ceremonies Lulu Haarmans, of radio station Umhlobo Wenene’s show Khanya Gqiyazana, oversaw a full programme which started with international jazz singer Putuma Tiso – born and bred in Port Elizabeth – leading a group of matric schoolgirls onto the stage. 

Seven-year-old Grade 1 pupil Liya Slate charmed the audience with his solo performance before Take Note, Anele Sabani, Authorised, King Khotla and Deja Vu took to the stage. Ncoyo paid tribute to those who “expanded their definition of success from making money to making a difference”.

 A Vision4 Women CEO special award also went to Lwando Bantam, who was recognised for mentoring youngsters as a “man of honour”. 

This year’s honours went to: 


  • NGO winner: Uitenhage Phaphamani Rape Crisis and Counselling Centre director Nocawa Patricia Sinam, with finalists Community Chest CEO Beulah Lumkwana and Jongilanga Training and Development Centre manager Nosipho Peter.
  • Health and Welfare: Nomfusi Hude, with runner-up Thandiwe Nevo.
  • ITr: Seda NMB ICT incubator’s Ellen Fischat, with runner up Zingisa Ngcwabe.
  • SME: Kuyga Poultry Farm’s Estelle Diana, with finalists Nolitha Gobo and Zanele Diniso.
  • Faith: St Paul’s outreach’s Phumla Nondikana, with finalists Pastor Sandra Peter and Rev Nontsikelelo Memesa
  • Education: Zwide Sakhisizwe High School teacher Neziwe Ngubelanga, with runner-up Miranda Ntsusa.


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