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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.
Occasionally English South Africa Society & Culture · Social Sciences
46 Episodes
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EP6: Thursday 26th May - Eye on the Child Part Three

Thursday 26th May - Part Three covers Criminal Capacity and the Child Justice Act. The age of criminal liability; when bullying is assault; the implications of suicide as a result of bullying; the responsibility of parents; diversion and recent cases in the media.
26 May 2022 32 min

EP5: Thursday 19th May - Eye on the Child Part Two

Thursday 19th May – Eye on the Child Part Two is about consent. The age of consent for drinking, smoking, vaping and marijuana - smoking and ingesting. We discuss sexual consent - age, expressed consent, intoxication and diminished capacity.
18 May 2022 24 min

EP3: Accelerated Exposure

We discuss the developmental lag of children in juxtaposition to the accelerated reliance on cell phones. During COVID our children were literally left to their own devices - the devices being phones, tablets and computers. We need to re-establish what normal is and change our script.
13 Apr 2022 24 min

EP2: COVID as an adverse childhood experience

COVID as an adverse childhood experience. We explore childhood development and the impact on childhood health, long COVID in children’s social and emotional development and how children have communicated that they felt locked up and not locked down.
6 Apr 2022 22 min

EP1: An Intro to 2022

For 2022 we have decided to change direction. We are still celebrating Super Heroes but our focus will be on parents, guardians, teachers, mental health care workers - all Super Heroes playing a role in raising our children. Episode 1 is an intro to 2022 - Raising children in times…
31 Mar 2022 22 min

EP41: 10th December: Human Right's Day

The 10th December is Human Right’s Day and officially marks the end of the #16DaysOfActivism. We are in conversation with Matthew du Plessis, Matthew is a Human Right’s Attorney who has been trying to find effective ways to uphold rights in both the private and public sector. Matthew is a…
9 Dec 2021 26 min

EP40: 7th December: Missing Children

Using her many words to tell children’s stories, for education about what affects them most, and to motivate for changes in policy, Robyn Wolfson Vorster joins us in conversation about her four part series featured in the Daily Maverick on Missing Children. Robyn is a dedicated wordsmith, child right’s activist…
6 Dec 2021 28 min

EP39: 2nd December: Teen Suicide

We are in conversation with Kate Shand, the topic: Teen Suicide. After the suicide of her son in 2011, Kate started writing as a lifeline – her words became a book and in 2013 BOY was published. We speak about giving children the language and the words, that suicide shouldn’t…
1 Dec 2021 29 min

EP38: 30th November - The Gender Unicorn

The Gender Unicorn - what is gender in the bigger context and what does it really mean? We are in conversation with Kaleb Lachenicht. Kaleb is transgender, born female he has been exploring his true self and engaging with his gender actively for 4 years. He is learning how privileged…
29 Nov 2021 31 min

EP37: 25th November - 16 Days of Activism

The 25th November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. Charlene Narsoo – activist for Social Change joins us in studio. Charlene works tirelessly to ensure that with every community intervention, change happens and…
24 Nov 2021 28 min

EP36: 16th November - About Cults

A very different topic to what we usually have conversations on – About Cults. We are in conversation with Pauline Moneron, host of podcast series – Decoding Cults, a podcast that has recently featured Luke. Luke did his Honours in Comparative Religion and Philosophy and spent extensive time researching new…
15 Nov 2021 27 min

EP35: The Teen Pregnancy Tragedy

We are in conversation with Dr Dee Blackie and Talia Jade Magnes to discuss the teenage pregnancy crisis in South Africa. Earlier this year the Gauteng Education Department announced that between April 2020 and March 2021 23 226 teenage pregnancies were recorded by the Gauteng Health Department – 943 of…
8 Nov 2021 25 min

EP34: 4th November - National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Week

The 4th November is the start of National Cardiopulmonary Week, we are in conversation with Kaleb Lachenicht. Kaleb is an advanced Life Support Paramedic who manages a private medical training company. Kaleb is passionate about teaching emergency medicine and has a BTech in Emergency Medical Care and Rescue and a…
3 Nov 2021 27 min

EP33: Global Ethics Day - 20 October

Today is Global Ethics Day, it is an annual movement to empower ethics through the actions of individuals and organisations. We chat to Zelda Kruger. Zelda has a special interest in promoting ethics awareness and management. Her curiosity about how people make choices about ethics and morality to justify their…
19 Oct 2021 28 min

EP32: International Equal Pay Day - 18 September

Today is International Equal Pay Day, despite decades of activism, and dozens of laws on equal pay, women still earn significantly less than men do. According to the National Business Initiative women in South Africa are paid between 19% and 37% less than their male counterparts. Tireless advocates for the…
17 Sep 2021 26 min

EP31: World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day is commemorated on the 10th September and promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide. According to SADAG, in South Africa 9% of all teen deaths are due to suicide. Children as young as 7 have committed suicide in South Africa. We discuss why suicide is…
9 Sep 2021 21 min

EP28: International Friendship Day

International Day of Friendship, friendship between people, countries, cultures and individuals inspires peace efforts and builds bridges between communities. We are in conversation with Joel Libote. Joel is a fitness ambassador and Boxing Coach at Fight with Insight. Joel has been involved with Fight with Insight since 2015. Joel designs…
29 Jul 2021 25 min

EP27: World Youth Skills Day - 15 July 2021

It is World Youth Skills Day and we are in conversation with Seth Mulli. World Youth Skills Day pays tribute to the resilience and creativity of the youth. It is a day celebrating the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, work and entrepreneurship. Seth Mulli is…
14 Jul 2021 27 min
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