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A Better Future (DM)

Davison Mudzingwa/Twenty Ten

Location: Sebokeng, South Africa

AUDIO: An HIV/AIDS initiative in Orange Farm.

The HIV contamination rate is very high in South Africa and Orange Farm is one of the communities heavily affected by the scourge. People there have understood that their contribution is needed to alleviate the problem and create a better and not a bitter future for themselves.

The expression of this understanding is Love Life Centre for the Youth, a centre that organised sports activities and creates a space for sexual problems to be talked about openly. Twenty Ten reporter Davison Mudzingwa visited the centre to assess the impact of this local initiative on the youth.

CUE: Issues of sexuality, HIV and AIDS are seldom discussed between parents and children. However, the trend has to be reversed somehow in South Africa due to the high rate of HIV and AIDS. In Orange Farm, notorious for a high HIV and AIDS rate, Davison Mudzingwa finds out how a youth centre is using unconventional ways of educating people about the pandemic.

FX: TABLE SOCCER (Fade In, Play Under) 3 sec

LINK 1: Table soccer.

FX: Pitch soccer (Fade In, Play Fade Under) 2 sec

LINK 2: A bit of pitch soccer

FX: POOL GAME (Play, fade Under) 5 sec

LINK 3: …and a game of pool. Listening on radio you might mistake this for a recreational facility. In fact, this is a centre where youths are transformed into better human beings.

FX: FACILITATION—5 sec (Play, Fade Under)

Link 4: The Lovelife youth centre in the Orange Farm community, near Johannesburg, aims to reach out to young people—teaching them about issues of HIV and AIDS. It’s always a hub of activity, and the 2010 Soccer world Cup, they say, has revived interest.

CLIP 1: MAKHUBO demonstrating—4 sec

Link 3: 20-year-old Fred Makhubo is facilitating a session of young people of his age group, and its as informal as it sounds. Makhubo says the unconventional approach to disseminating accurate knowledge of HIV and AIDS has proved successful.

CLIP 2: MAKHUBO—12 sec

By the end of the session, participants should understand sexual issues…that’s what we are teaching about.

LINK 4: Nine programs are used as forms of communication. These include recreational activities, sports and motivational talks. And this is all delivered in a streetwise style. Bless Keabeleswe overseas the recreation programme.

CLIP 3: BLESS—14 sec

Some of them do a drama about HIV and AIDS…drama is one of the forms that puts the message across.

LINK 5: These programmes are also taken to some 32 schools in the region and as Nokubonga Phungula reckons—young people open up to them on sexual issues they find difficult to engage with parents.

CLIP 4: NOKUBONGA—15 sec

When we go to the classroom maybe facilitating at a certain school I don’t act like a teacher, I give them what they want. I use the Kasi lingo, I interact with them, I make sure there is a bond between us.

LINK 5: Kasi lingo is colloquial language used mostly by township peers. 20-year-old Judile Baseke remembers well one of the many cases when their streetwise approach appealed to the target group.

CLIP 5: JUDILE—20 sec

I have this girl Jabulile, she was 17, she was raped, her mum brought her here .I talked to her, now she is ok, they open to us because we are of the same age.

LINK 6: In the wider community Orange Farm is notorious for high HIV prevalence and teenage pregnancies. But this trend is on the decline Baseke says, something she feels her contribution has brought.

CLIP 6: BASEKE—15 sec

Last year it was worse…the rate of teenage pregnancies today is not that high.

LINK 8: Sports coach Lehlohonolo Ntisa is gratified that some of his former students have made it in life. A vision he holds for the community.

CLIP 7: NTISI—25sec

I would like to see some of the people being representative somewhere like in sports, I would like to see them playing for Bafana Bafana…I would like to see less young people drinking alcohol, indulging in risky sexual behaviour.

FX: BASKETBALL—5 sec (Play—Fade Under)

LINK 9: A South African National HIV survey for 2008 found that age group 15 to 49 years is the most affected with 16,9 percent prevalence rate. Worrying as it might sound--these young people hope their contribution through sport, growing interest in soccer due to the 2010 World Cup and recreational activities, will have an impact in their community.

I’m Davison Mudzingwa in Sebokeng community near Johannesburg, South Africa reporting for the Twenty Ten Project.


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