Kwakho Mamputa Photo: African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – Eight-year-old Kwakho Mamputa has added another accolade to her inspiring volunteer work to improve the lives of those in her community after being honoured with the Young Person to Watch award.

She was the youngest recipient at the inaugural Imagine Awards held at Artscape Theatre Centre on Friday night.

The awards recognise individuals, organisations and institutions involved in initiatives aimed at making a social impact in various sectors.

Scores of people from across the country celebrated the night, including civil society organisations, national and local government officials and members of the public.

The Survé Philanthropies, the private foundation that houses several of the Survé family’s philanthropic initiatives, announced the launch of the Imagine Awards earlier this month.

There were only two awards for the Children category, and goal-driven Kwakho was the second child to have the award bestowed upon her.

She was recognised because she volunteers her time to collect donations for a soup kitchen in Khayelitsha, and is an inspiration to many young children in her community.

Her mother, Brenda Mamputa, said: “I am proud of the amount of hard work she has put in. It has paid off. I also encourage her to do well at school and respect others the way she would like to be respected.”