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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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 rights of women - Mmbatho Mokiti and Sharon Gordon join us in studio. Mmbatho is a mathematician turned impact entrepreneur, founder of Mathemaniacs, founding member of Dream Girls, recognised as one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 South Africans, named as one of the Millennials to look out for by Forbes Women Africa and a Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leader. Sharon is the fearless teller of necessary truths, driven and independent she was instrumental in running the first legal strike in South Africa. She held the position of CEO for Human Resources at Billiton Internationl, is the CEO of non profit Dignity Dreams and founder of Lola Montez. Sharon has published two books, has a column in the Saturday Star and is a regular guest on radio and television.
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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 on the increase.
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EP30: Celebration of our Anniversary! International Day of Charity - 5th of September

We are celebrating! It’s International Day of Charity - the 5th September, one year of Society's Super Heroes' podcasts! This is our 30th podcast and we have had just under 3000 downloads. We are so grateful to Nfinity Media and to each and every guest that has spent time with us in studio - a massive thank-you! We commemorate International Day of Charity 2021 and revisit some of the conversations that we have had.
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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 the fitness programs and he mentors the youth of the inner city.
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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 a trail blazer, mentor and change maker. With a decade of experience in the youth development space, his area of expertise is in capacitating organisations to create meaningful change in the communities that they serve. Seth is the host of the Mentorship Challenge – broadcast on ENCA. The Mentorship Challenge works to entrench a culture of mentorship in a skills scarce, leaderless South Africa. He is the Executive Director of the Youth Bridge Trust – a grant making body in partnership with the Ford Foundation, which aims to create collaborative opportunities for young people on the African continent. Seth is also the lead anchor of the entrepreneurial centric Good Breakfast Show where he engages with South African change makers. Seth believes that businesses that don’t pay it forward, will be left behind.

Be sure not to miss an episode! Subscribe today and don’t miss the conversation. Listen here: https://band.link/SuperHeroes

Society’s Super Heroes is brought to you by Nfinity Media, www.nfinity.co.za
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EP26: Parenting in a Pandemic

In the second of our Special Edition Society’s Super Heroes Podcasts we talk – Parenting in a Pandemic.
Child Protection Specialist – Luke Lamprecht, is regularly invited to talk to learners, parents and educators. During the pandemic, his insight, wisdom and practical advice has been shared at both primary and high schools. The ever-shifting demands of parenting in a pandemic are leading to stress, anxiety and depression. In this conversation, Luke and Karen unpack screens, behaviours, routines and discipline.

Be sure not to miss an episode! Subscribe today and don’t miss the conversation. Listen here: https://band.link/SuperHeroes

Society’s Super Heroes is brought to you by Nfinity Media, www.nfinity.co.za
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EP25: 30th April - A Special Edition of Society's Super Heroes

We are delighted to introduce the first of our Special Edition Society’s Super Heroes Podcasts to commemorate the launch of WMACA’s Athletes Against Child Abuse. Athletes Against Child Abuse is dedicated to creating awareness and education in safeguarding children in the sports environment, and providing victim centric advocacy in the fight for justice. Co Founders Olivia Jasriel and Debbie Wade joined us in studio and share their stories of courage. Both women are survivors, trailblazers, warriors and advocates for child rights. Olivia and Debbie are sportswomen who competed at an international level – Olivia is a tennis player and Debbie is a swimmer. "Children should be free to participate in sport in a healthy, safe environment free of discrimination, abuse and sexual violence."
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EP24: 28t April - Guide Dog's Day

Wednesday 28th April is Guide Dog’s Day. Guide Dogs make the world a better place for their owners. HOD of Puppy Raising at the South African Guide Dogs Association – Joel van Stavel, and Puppy Raiser – Tammy Visagie joined us in studio accompanied by special guest starts – Kingston and Ginty. “Inside every Guide Gog beats the heart of a Puppy Raiser”. Joel and Tammy chat about the significant impact and importance of Puppy Raisers and that it takes an extraordinary dog to give someone an ordinary life.
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EP23: 27th April - Freedom Day

Tuesday 27th April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first non-racial election of 1994. We feature power couple - Barney and Melany Andrews. Melany speaks of living a life of impact with the goal of creating a life of freedom – free from hate, violence, bullying, poverty, inequality and social ills. Barney, “If all of us do our little bits we can eat this elephant and fix South Africa together no matter our backgrounds; Race, Politics, Religion, Gender, Sexual Oriental or Level of Education, all of us have a role to play and a contribution to make - our country has the resources and the people to deliver on its true potential "....for ALL who live in it". Harambee - Let's pull together.
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EP22: World Autism Awareness Day - 2nd of April

World Autism Awareness Day celebrates the unique talents of those with Autism, while putting a huge focus on the warm embrace and welcome that these skills deserve through community events around the globe.

We were joined by two brilliant and inspirational women – Susan Daly and Dr Dee Blackie. Sue describes herself as not trained or prepared for Autism, she says she is a work in progress. She is mom to 24 year old Cairan and 22 year old Heather. Cairan is Autistic and throughout his life, Sue has been a pioneer in seeking solutions for Cairan’s health care, education and in ensuring that he is in a fulfilling and nurturing adult care program. Dr Dee Blackie transitioned from the corporate world to the world of child protection 10 years ago. Dee developed Courage to increase awareness and understanding of child protection challenges in communities to improve the gate-keeping function of child protection organisations across the globe. Dee has just been awarded her PhD from WITS, her research focuses on childhood learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.

We talk about increasing understanding and acceptance of people with Autism and how we can inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.
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EP21: World Down Syndrome Day - 21st of March

Sunday 21st March is World Down Syndrome Day. Super Hero Parents – Rob and Amy Portman share authentically and generously their journey with their typical son – Trey, and a-typical daughter Nova. When asked what Down Syndrome is, Rob responded, “the most beautiful thing in the whole world”. Amy added, “my daughter is two and a half, she is my greatest teacher, my biggest cheerleader, and my smile therapist, I would do anything for her and never want to change anything about her”.
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EP20: International Day of Happiness - 20th of March

Saturday 20th March is International Day of Happiness. International Day of Happiness celebrates the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. It’s a day to be happy! I am in conversation with Kim Potgieter. Kim is considered one of South Africa’s leading authorities on holistic Financial Planning in the retirement sector. She is passionate about merging a client’s goals and dreams with their financial plan to enable a life filled with inspiration, meaning and happiness. We talk money and happiness, vulnerability, the joy of giving back, and the little voice in our heads! Kim shares her wisdom on what we have learnt a year into COVID and packing a new suitcase, leaving behind the baggage that no longer serves us.

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