Society's Super Heroes

Society’s Super Heroes is a podcast series celebrating the men, women and organisations who have dedicated their lives to empowering communities, and who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others.

Each sector commemorates an annual day. The days are occasions to educate and to reinforce achievements in humanity. These days are the perfect springboard for awareness raising actions. We will be curating conversations with Super Heroes to explore what their day means to them and shine a spotlight on the work that they are doing. We will be sharing stories of hope and inspired active citizenship as we shift consciousness.

Society’s Super Heroes is hosted by Luke Lamprecht and Karen Landi. Luke has three decades of experience working in the non profit and child protection and development sector. Luke is the Developmental Director of Fight with Insight, a boxing program for inner city youth. Fight with Insight is in Hillbrow, one of the toughest neighbourhoods in the world. Through Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Food, Luke is part of a team of people changing the Future of the youth. Luke chose the road less travelled and shines a light into the darkness, asked why he goes into the darkness, he responds, “because there are people there”. Luke is a serial social entrepreneur and is actively involved with numerous advocacy groups. Karen is a change maker and social entrepreneur with a passion for the youth, active citizenship, and community building. In 2017 Karen co founded Community Hours – a youth volunteering platform, through the platform Karen mindfully worked to change the perceptions of young people around community service, social cohesion and volunteering. She currently runs Ei8ht – a co working space, networking and communications platform for the non profit sector.

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FEB

EP18: World Day of Social Justice - 20th of February

World Day of Social Justice is on the 20th February, the purpose of the day is to focus on the plight of social injustice throughout the world and recognises the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, employment, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. What an honour to be in conversation with Mark Heywood, human rights and social justice activist. Mark is the founding co-editor of the new civil society / social justice segment of South Africa’s most widely read online news source Daily Maverick – Daily Citizen.
13
FEB

EP17: Donor Day - 14th of February

The 14th February is Donor Day, a day that celebrates people who have helped save people’s lives by donating blood, marrow, tissue, and organs. It’s a day that drives home exactly how amazing and giving the human spirit is because it pays tribute to so many people who have donated of themselves, often to help save the life of someone they’ve never met. Our Super Hero is Alice Vogt. Alice is the Co Founder of Tell – Transplant Education for Living Legacies. Alice was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and had a double lung transplant in 2008 at the age of 23, and then again in 2017 at the age of 33. She is the first person in SA to survive two bi-lateral lung transplants, and has participated in three World Transplant Games. Alice shares with us that her lung transplants didn’t give her a second chance, but rather a first chance – to breathe and lead a life of meaning.
09
DEC
2020

EP16: 16 Days of Activism - 10th of December

The 10th December officially marks the end of 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children. Our guest from Cape Town, interviewed via Zoom is Lenina Rassool. Lenina is a journalist with a focus on human rights and social justice. She produces and presents The Womxn Show – a weekly television show that covers issues around gender based violence and child protection. We discuss the failures of our justice system, but also celebrate progress made.
04
DEC
2020

EP15: International Volunteer Day - 5th December

We take a moment to say thank-you to volunteers and to celebrate their efforts. The theme for 2020 is Together we can through Volunteering. Thought leaders in the Volunteering Space – our very own Karen Landi, and Andy Hatfield, talk volunteering, the success during COVID and the impact of volunteering on the volunteer and communities.
02
DEC
2020

EP14: International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December

The theme for 2020 is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”. Our in studio guest is Shannon O’Keefe, General Manager of The Sunshine Centre for Children with Disabilities. We discuss Sunshine’s START program and the incredible successes of The Sunshine Centre’s ECDs with inclusivity. It is a discussion of Hope.
30
NOV
2020

EP13: World Aids Day - 1st of December

The 1st December marks World Aids Day, this year the theme of World AIDS Day is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”. Our in studio guest is the fearless teller of necessary truths – Sharon Gordon, CEO of non profit Dignity Dreams and sought after speaker on sex and sexuality. We discuss World Aids Day and why sex education in so many schools is such a taboo topic.
19
NOV
2020

EP12: Universal Children's Day - 20th November

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated annually on 20th November. The goal of Universal Children’s Day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children. Our in studio guest is Nga Murombedzi from Women and Men Against Child Abuse. Nga is exceptionally passionate about her role in child protection as it allows her to give a voice to children who are fighting a battle that no child should ever have to fight. These children are impacted by the most heinous acts perpetrated on them by adults who should be protecting them.

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16
NOV
2020

EP11: World Prematurity Day - 17 November

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Nicole Canin joined us in studio and worked to unpack the impact of a preterm baby. In addition to sharing practical tips and advice, we explore the emotions of guilt, judgement, loss, failure and post partum depression. Nicole is the Chairperson of the Gauteng Association for Infant Mental Health, she is a counselling psychologist and is currently completing her PhD which focusses on the developing relationship between premature infants and parents in the NICU. Nicole offers hope, wisdom and insight to parents.

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12
NOV
2020

EP10: World Kindness Day - Friday 13 November

World Kindness Day is on Friday 13th November, our guest is Alison Scott – Principal of Bellavista School. Alison’s career interest lies in how children learn; her firm conviction is that the every child can learn! She believes in the brain’s plasticity and in the imperative role of the mediator in a social learning model. Alison shares the impact of Bellavista’s Kindness Campaign – how is has impacted the school community both during online learning and now that children are back at school. Alison reminds us to be the I in Kindness.

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04
NOV
2020

EP9: International Day against Violence and Bullying at School including Cyberbullying. Luke Lamprecht

The first Thursday of November is International Day against Violence and Bullying at School including Cyberbullying. In this conversation we recognize that school related violence in all forms is an infringement of children and adolescents’ rights to education and to health and well-being. Our very own Luke Lamprecht is our celebrated Super Hero and speaks candidly about the bully and the bullied, the impact of screens, the responsibility of parents and when it’s time to step in.
15
OCT
2020

EP8: World Food Day - 16 October

It’s World Food Day and Chef David Higgs joins us in studio. David shares his love of food, the influence of his parents, caring for his community during COVID and being innovative in order to raise awareness. His work with the Inner City CAN and Cooking for a Cause speak to his commitment to ensuring people are fed, and not just one meal but ensuring sustainability. He speaks about Fire and not only cooking on open flames but the coming together of people, families sitting down and eating together - truly engaging.

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10
OCT
2020

EP7: International Day of the Girl Child - 11 October

It’s International Day of the Girl Child. Join us in conversation with 19 year old Jennifer Maitibi. Jennifer shares her hopes and dreams with us and what it means to be a young woman in the inner city of Johannesburg. Jennifer really inspires us with her commitment and dedication to uplifting other young women. The programs that she has launched and is running are brilliant examples of what can be achieved, no matter age nor gender. Jennifer is a true inspiration.

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