Local heroes celebrate the premiere of Spiderman: Homecoming

Sinethemba Ngxaliwe, Masego Mosala, Elizabeth McKay, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Francinah Kgwete and Kedibone Ndweni at the premiere of the Spiderman: Homecoming Heroes movie. Photo: Supplied.


The US Embassy, in partnership with Sony South Africa and e.tv, hosted an evening of fun for young South African heroes who have made a difference in their respective communities.

A competition run by e.tv, Sony South Africa and the US Embassy encouraged youths who are playing a role in their community to enter the Spiderman: Homecoming Heroes competition. The winners were treated to a reception, prize giving and had the opportunity to watch the latest Spiderman movie in 4D at Hyde Park Shopping Centre’s Nu Metro.

The five winners of the competition were Francinah Kgwete, Kedibone Ndweni, Masego Mosala, Sinethemba Ngxaliwe and Tiana Jensen. The winners were also joined by youths who are participating in US Embassy-sponsored youth programmes at the Mae Jamison American Corner and English Access Microscholarship Program.

The five winners were treated to an award ceremony before the premiere of the movie where they received contributions to their cause along with a prize.

The winners of the competition each had a unique way in which they were helping their community. Kedibone Ndweni, one of the winners of the competition, has been running her programme First Generation Success Programme for the past three years. “What we do is go to rural schools and tell them about the benefits of going to university and we assist them to apply because we realised a lot of people don’t apply because they don’t have access to information,” said Ndweni.

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Francinah Kgwete, another winner, has been working with the Keep a Girl in School programme which provides girls with sanitary pads. “It’s been going really great and now we have other members joining from my school,” said Kgwete.

“The embassy has a long tradition of supporting youth development and skills development from a wide variety of programmes. We’re really proud to be a part of this today and the winners are all really impressive young people. They have identified a problem and they are doers and they are hometown heroes because they did something about it,” said Elizabeth McKay, acting deputy chief of mission for the US Embassy.

Tell us how you are a homecoming hero on WhatsApp 079 439 5345.

Laura Pisanello

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