Leading from the front: SA's unsung heroes hailed

Lead SA has honoured three individuals for their efforts to change South Africa.

Business, government and civil society came together at the University of Johannesburg on 15 August 2015 for the LeadSA Changemakers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - They're the unsung heroes who work to make a difference.

But instead of continuing to work tirelessly without recognition, some of South Africa's ordinary people doing amazing things have been hailed for their efforts.

Following a successful Change Maker's Conference at the weekend, Lead SA honoured a number of civil society groups and individuals, recognising their efforts to change the lives of South Africans.

National heroes who were acknowledged for their work include Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman and Youth Hero of the Year Jenna Lowe.

Lowe, who was 20 years old, died in June after battling a rare lung disease. Her parents, Gabi and Stuart Lowe, accepted the award on her behalf.

Marlon Parker, the founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), was also announced as the National Lead SA Hero of the Year.

Each national hero received a share of R250,000 for charity.

See the full list of winners:

Inaugural Lead SA Leadership Award - Imtiaz Sooliman

National Youth Hero of the Year - Jenna Lowe

National Hero of the Year - Marlon Parker

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