The Pick n Pay Hero Awards programme is now in its fourteenth exciting year! The awards continue to be an integral component of Pick n Pay School Club to celebrate everyday acts of heroism, such as bravery, kindness and tolerance, taking place in South African schools. Heroes are not just people that we read about in the news; there are heroes all around us!

The Pick n Pay Hero Awards aim to identify acts of emotional intelligence, by ordinary learners and teachers that turn the person into an extraordinary hero. An emotionally intelligent person displays both self-awareness and awareness of others.

Shasmeen – ‘Environmental Awareness’

Meet Shasmeen, our Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘Environmental Awareness’. Shasmeen excelled in the Settlers and Eskom Science Expo with her butterfly project. She used recycled resources to create her project which aimed to create...

Matshepiso – ‘Team Player’

Meet Matshepiso, our Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘Team Player.’ Matshepiso is an outspoken young girl with so much potential. On 30 October, she was selected to give a speech at the prestigious event for Teacher’s Day closing...

Boshigo – ‘Honesty’

Meet Boshigo, our Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘Honesty’. One day Boshigo found money in a dustbin and took it to her class teacher, desperate to find the owner. They later found out that it was the transportation fee for another...

Bilaal – ‘Respectfulness’

Meet Bilaal, our Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘Respectfulness’. Bilaal is a role model for the other learners at Forest Town School, which is a school for learners with special needs. If anyone starts a conflict situation, he...

Musa – ‘Kindness/Caring’

Meet Musa, our Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘Kindness/Caring’. Musa’s mom was involved in a car accident when he was in Grade 5 which left her paralysed from the waist down. She has been in a wheelchair ever since. When Musa’s...

Aariyah – ‘Courage’

Meet Aariyah, our Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘courage’. During lockdown Aariyah’s house caught on fire and their husky dog, Storm, dragged Aariyah and her mom into the bathroom and laid in front of the door. Tragically, brave...

Dimpho – ‘Selflessness’

Meet Dimpho, our newest Pick n Pay Hero Awards winner in the category ‘selflessness’. Dimpho’s best friend is an orphan and during the recent floods, her friend’s house was washed away, leaving the family destitute and desperate to find a place for...

Pick n Pay School Club has identified the following categories to help schools identify their heroes:


  • Courage (being brave in the face of difficulty)
  • Selflessness (putting others first)
  • Kindness/Caring (to/for people, animals and the world/supportive of others)
  • Respectfulness (honouring other people and treating them with dignity and/or thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their wellbeing)
  • Honesty (speaks truth and owns up when they make a mistake)
  • Team player (works well with others in the classroom, and plays fairly on the playground and in sports)
  • Environmental Awareness (displaying care for the environment e.g. picking up litter and implementing the 4 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)


  • Be aware of, and notice, any heroic acts by learners, no matter how small they may seem. Any action that displays the qualities, mentioned above, should not go unnoticed.
  • Each month – from February to September – reward the learner, whom you have identified as the Hero of the Month, with a Hero Awards certificate, preferably at a gathering such as an assembly. You can also invite your local Pick n Pay Customer Services Manager to hand over the award, with the local newspaper present.
  • Having identified the Hero of the Month, create a poster that includes the learner’s picture, a brief description of his/her act of heroism and a direct quote from the learner.
  • Place the poster in a high-traffic area of your school.


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