Tiana Jansen
In partnership with Airbnb

Many young adults in their 20s spend their free time with friends heading to parties, clubs, or relaxing at home. But not Tiana Jansen, an accounting trainee from Cape Town who has been chosen as the first winner in the Airbnb Host-a-Hero campaign.

READ: Nominate a hero and you could both win a getaway in a listing on Airbnb

Tiana, 23, works as the director of music at the Elsies River Music Development Group. She spends much of her free time with the group, which comprises children and adults from the community.

Tiana Jansen

The group helps develop a love of music by teaching musical skills to the community,  which is plagued by gangsterism and other crimes.

Tiana has been involved with the group since inception in 2014, when her father and uncle recognised the need for a positive recreational activity in the area.

Talitha Dias, a member of the music group, says having Tiana on board is a privilege. “She is the most committed young person, who is completely committed to this initiative,” Dias says. “It’s very seldom you find a 23-year-old, willing to sacrifice every Saturday and Sunday afternoon of their time.”

Group principal, Bevil Jansen says Tiana encourages everyone to always do their best. “Her help and input in things we do or want to do, is always receptive. She takes great initiative and we certainly could not have asked for a better music director.”

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So far, one of the highlights has been receiving distinctions across the board when music students wrote the University of South Africa’s (Unisa) grade one theory examination.

Many of the children involved in the group have taken music as a school subject, or have chosen to study a music-related course at university.

The music group hosts a big show at the end of every year so they are able to showcase their talents and what they have learnt throughout the year.

Tiana’s work is a demonstration of how people can use their passion for the betterment of their community.

She is looking forward to an exciting beach getaway with her mother and sister, who have both been supportive of her journey.

Despite never having booked accommodation using Airbnb before, she easily set up an account and browsed through the myriad of options available. This increased her excitement because she saw there are different types of homes available and she could choose to stay in an entire place or with a host who, as a local, would be able to give her some tips about what to see and do in the neighbourhood and other Airbnb Experiences in the area.


Now it’s time for another hero to stand a chance to win a stay at a luxurious Airbnb-listed home to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. For nominating someone, you also stand a chance of winning a weekend at an Airbnb home.

Before you nominate your hero, please ensure that they give permission for you to nominate them and provide us with their contact details. Airbnb will be in direct contact with them should they win a prize.

Fill in the nomination form below before 23:59 South African Standard Time on 31 May 2018.

This competition has closed.




Terms of participation:
*This competition and all entries are subject to Destiny Connect’s general terms and conditions.
*Winners will need to have (or sign up for) an Airbnb account and the stays will be governed by Airbnb’s Terms of Service.
*The homes where the winners will stay will be arranged and selected directly by the winners  using the Airbnb platform and are subject to availability, and guest numbers, date restrictions and cancellation policies set by the hosts.
*The winners will received vouchers to spend on the Airbnb platform, which must be used to book accommodation before 31 December 2018. No cash or alternative prizes are available
*Airbnb will process personal details provided in relation to the competition and stays in accordance with Airbnb’s Privacy Policy
*Entrants have to be over the age of 18
*Entries are open to South African residents only
*The judges’ decisions are final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
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*If substantially similar entries are submitted, the judges will select only the best one, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion.
*Transport costs and personal expenses are not included in the prize
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*Employees or contractors working with Ndalo Media, Airbnb, Irvine Partners or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible to enter.
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