* Johanna Kotze of Locals Helping Locals in Bothasig has received the Louis Volks Humanitarian Award from Merriman Lions Club of Goodwood. Clive Fox, the president of the Merriman Lions Club, said the award recognised dedicated and distinguished community service. He said the Locals Helping Locals project started two years ago when Ms Kotze witnessed two pensioners who were unable to pay for their goods at a supermarket. After she paid R27 for the pensioners, Ms Kotze spoke to them and discovered their dreadful plight in trying to survive on very little income, said Mr Fox. He said today her project was helping many struggling families and individuals and was generously supported by many donors.”An original way of generating support is the swop system, which through the project’s Facebook page offers to swop useful donated items for food,” said Mr Fox.