NOSIPHO Mayana recently received the Inyathelo Woman in Philanthropy Award for her selfless work in Zandspruit township northwest of Johannesburg.
As a single mother of two, she quit her job as a top marketing executive for Nedbank and started doing charitable work with her pension package.
She said that she was earning a good salary but felt that something was missing.
"I wanted to help orphans because I was dumped by my own mother. My grandmother's love is what made me the person I am today," Mayana says.
A great inspiration to many, Mayana started Siyanqoba, a nonprofit organisation, in 2002 and has made it her priority to provide daily food to schools and poverty-stricken households in the area.
She says a major problem in the community is that people spend their money on alcohol rather than food.
As a result of this, HIV-Aids is widespread and children go hungry on a daily basis.
Mayana also counsels HIV-affected families and educates the community about the dangers of unprotected sex.
"I was trained by an Aids consortium as a nutritionist so my number one priority is to ensure that HIV-positive families get adequate nutrition to keep them good and healthy."
Siyanqoba also has a number of volunteers who make beaded jewellery and sew carpets to raise money for the organisation.
Mayana relies on donors for marketing and food supplies such as bread, vegetables and cereals.
Mayana took us to visit Realeboga Crèche, which she provides with food.
The Grade Rs sang and cheered in welcome and eagerly demonstrated their recitation of nursery rhymes.
Siyanqoba is in desperate need of:
A bakkie to transport food and supplies to the township.
Sewing machines for volunteers to work with.
Sanitary products such as soap and towels.
Any other donations are also welcome: visit www.siya.org.za or email email@example.com