Abangani Enkosini

In 1997, social injustice in Alexandra was rife. Orphans roamed the streets, and the impact of HIV/AIDS was beginning to tear the community apart. But Mama Portia Mongake did not let the injustice and inequality get her down. She opened her heart and home to more than 320 children who lost their parents to the Aids epidemic that was sweeping through her community. Her centre, Abangani Enkosini was a light in the darkness when hope was lost, and the future uncertain, and won the Unsung Heroes of Alexandra Award in 2006. Sadly, Mama Portia passed away in April 2016, and unfortunately, there was no one to continue her work. But the children she raised, loved, and fed, to them, she will always be Mama Portia.