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Real superheroes wow at movie premiere

2017-07-09 09:20
City Press

Johannesburg - Some of South Africa’s real-life heroes stole the show at the US Embassy’s exclusive Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere this week.

The event celebrated the inspiring stories of individuals in the audience who had each made a difference in their communities, and we were blown away by these young heroes.

Held at Nu Metro Hyde Park’s new 4D Max cinema – where flashing lights, wind turbines, moving chairs, 3D visuals and screaming children nearly brought the house down – we were all treated to some cinema finery. But the film became the supporting act to the extraordinary guests who opened the evening’s events.

A nationwide search was conducted on to try to find five “Hometown Heroes”, who received on-stage recognition and a small cash prize toward the continuation of their work to build their communities.

The finalists, selected from across South Africa, were Francinah Kgwete from Polokwane, Kedibone Ndweni from Bloemfontein, Masego Mosala from Kimberley, Sinethemba Ngxaliwe from Soweto and Tiana Jensen from Cape Town.

Some of the initiatives included a charity that makes stylish clothes for schoolchildren who don’t have anything to wear on civvies day, a young woman who started her own sanitaryware distribution organisation and a guy who simply offered his time at his local soup kitchen – it was a look at how anyone with the drive can make a difference to their communities.

“You are all heroes who have exemplified great courage and leadership in creating projects that serve and help our communities.

“The US embassy recognises you today; we
acknowledge you, and we thank you for your commitment,” said acting deputy chief of mission Elizabeth McKay.

“I encourage you to keep taking steps and contributing positively to your community, nation, and ultimately our world – just like the Marvel hero, Spider-Man.”

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