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Fezeka Tholakele & Aurelia Straton make the Ladima Foundation's look at how Covid-19 affects African Women through FILM

What has the #LockdownSA inspired you to do? Today on #LockdownCommunity we catch up with the Ladima Foundation, a Pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing to correcting the major imbalances within the film, TV and content industries which recently hosted a short-film competition – aimed at African women during the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown – has already gained significant interest. Ladima Foundation Co-founder, Lara Utian-Preston spoke to our producer, Kgabo Maila.

- As an extension, we were interested to know how African women to shared their stories about the personal, economic, and social impact of Covid-19 in Africa. And 2 South African women who created brave and powerful films that reflected the extremely difficult circumstances that many African women are facing during this pandemic join us for a chat.

Filmmakers, Fezeka Tholakele from the movie; “Blunder” and Aurelia Straton from the movie, “I’ll Call You Later” are our guests later on as we wrap up the week!

Program Director at New York based NGO, Latino Commission on Aids Mr Luciano Reberte wraps up the 23rd #AIDS2020

Today marks the end of the 23rd International AIDS Conference – known as AIDS 2020 – which happens between 6-10 July 2020 under the theme; Resilience. AIDS 2020 gathered more than 20,000 participants from more than 170 countries. Yesterday we spoke to a South African speaker, HIV/Aids Researcher & UKZN Professor Thumbi Ndang’a and today we wanted to touch base with an international speaker from the event.

We speak to Program Director at New York based NGO, Latino Commission on Aids Mr Luciano Reberte who describes himself as a Latino Gay Immigrant living with HIV and as an advocate for the LGBTIQ & HIV Rights.

UKZN Professor & Researcher Thumbi Ndung’u speaks at the 23rd virtual International AIDS Conference #AIDS2020

The first virtual International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) is on!
AIDS 2020: Virtual enables delegates to access and engage with the latest HIV science, advocacy and knowledge traditionally presented at the conference. We are joined by one of this year’s conference speakers - Professor Thumbi Ndung’u, who is the Deputy Director, Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI). He is additionally the Programme Director for the Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) and holds a Professorship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

#LeadersOfIndustries Founder of Africa Tweet Chat, Kenyan-born Janet Machuka united African marketers through "Social"

Today on #LeadersOfIndustries we profile leaders of industries weekly and today we decided to head over to Kenya and speak to the founder of Africa Tweet Chat, a platform that serves to link & lead digital conversations in Marketing Careers with professionals across the continent. The young & vibrant Janet Machuka launched Africa Tweet Chat in 2018 to bring together the continent’s best digital trainers to a central conversation that can enable young & existing influencers, digital marketers, brands and individuals to learn more and champion the narrative about Africa… Janet joins us all the way from Kenya a little later!

#TheOpinionPiece Continuing the conversation around #GBV with Ms Pontsho Pilane who wrote a piece on "Femicide Fatigue"

Lecturer, Senior Health Writer at Health-e News and trainer with an interest in Gender, Race and Health and how they intersect – Ms Pontsho Pilane wrote a piece on Femicide Fatigue and joins us as we question; “Do people get tired of hearing about femicide, what do they do when they reach this stage – what impact can it have in the fight to curb GBV in our society?”

What is ARTIVISM & what impact can it make in creating change around social issues in our society?

What is ARTIVISM & what impact can it make in creating change around social issues in our society? We wrap up the week with an Artivist, an artist who creates activism art that speaks to Gender Based Violence in South Africa. South African photographer and an avid traveller, with an instinct for visually telling and documenting South African stories, Leeroy Jason joins us for a chat and a look at how he uses his craft to create awareness in society…

Leeroy is known for various works but it’s his work titled, #EverythingMustFall in which he looks at issues such as gender abuse, transgender stories, children, #FeesMustFall and religion – that has become his most critically acclaimed and we reflect on it.

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), CEO Dr. Mandisa Maholwana unpacks #ServeLikeMadiba campaign for #MadibaMonth

Children, especially in Africa, struggle with access to healthcare – a challenge that is harder to surmount for those who come from disadvantaged households. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is dedicated to saving the lives of these children. The hospital was created with the objective to treat children irrespective of their social and economic status. The hospital has started a campaign this Madiba Month called, #ServeLikeMadiba which is a call to action to you to make a donation to the hospital and keep it operational to continue to cater to the needs of children in need of quality healthcare!
CEO at Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), Dr. Mandisa Maholwana

#SavingsMonth South African Savings Institute (SASI) introduces the #waystosave Webinar Series this July

July is Savings Month in South Africa, and this year the focus is firmly on finding #waystosave and adapting financial plans as we face the challenges 2020 brings. The South African Savings Institute (SASI) will focus on financial education throughout July, bringing together financial experts to provide tangible insights on savings in the #waystosave Webinar Series. SASI acting CEO Gerald Mwandiambira spoke to us on #SAfmSoundAwake

#MindingMyBusiness with Bicycle Entrepreneur at Book Ibhoni, Mpumelelo Mtantsi who talks cycling for education in "Kasi"

We get into conversations with individuals solving problems in their communities on #MindingMyBusiness Today’s feature highlights a platform called Book iBhoni (iBhoni is local slang for bicycle), based on Soweto's famed Vilakazi Street, it combines walking and cycling experiences through Soweto, with a 10% discount offered to cyclists who donate a book. The books are then collected and donated to community libraries. We are joined by Soweto-born entrepreneur and Book iBhoni founder Mpumelelo Mtintso who admits the business has had to change and adapt the pandemic.

#SAfmYouth Hair Art Creative Nikiwe Dlova talks to us about the value of Creative Freedom as SA observes #YouthMonth2020

We speak to 32 year-old Soweto Diepkloof-born Entrepreneur, Hair Art Creative & Founder of Own Your Crown, Nikiwe Dlova on today’s #SafmYouth She’s a perfect example of what representation of African Aesthetics is and that alone has opened multiple doors for her, from Magazine Covers, Shows and More on the sensitive topic of Women and their hair. Her work was recently displayed on the Cover of Fashion Magazine, Glamour when she braided and styled TV personality & musician, Boity Thulo.

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