Tuesday, July 31, 2007


We spoke to Mark Engel from the University of Cape Town, who is the co-ordinator of the Rheumatic Fever Week
An acute inflammatory disease involving joints, skin, the heart and other tissues, usually occurring in children. Caused by the body's immune reaction to a preceding streptococcal infection
6-10 Rheumatic Fever Week AUGUST

Monday, July 30, 2007


Today we interviewed Graham Thurtell the PR Mananger of WP Blood Transfusion Service, discussing the shortage of blood, the donation of blood, and why blood is important.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a community based regional health organisation formed by an association of voluntary blood donors, dedicated to providing the safest blood products and efficient service to the community, while operating at the highest professional and ethical standards and remaining a viable organisation.
Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) is an Incorporated Association Not-For-Gain, which is committed to ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply for our population. We follow the recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the South African Standards and Principles of Transfusion Practice.WPBTS continually takes steps to enhance the safety of blood by reviewing and refining our donor selection criteria and evaluating new blood testing technology when it becomes available.We collect more than 130,000 units of blood annually, used to save or enhance the lives of over 390,000 people per year. We are also a SANAS accredited blood transfusion service, B0001.

Education Alive

Today we spoke to Sonja Botha from Education Alive about what their organisation does.

In short Education Alive are involved in raising the education standards of teachers and learners. Education Alive’s educational programmes utilise and teach Study Technology, producing routinely excellent results. It has been established over and over that these results can be replicated by students, parents, teachers and trainers from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.


Today we spoke to Barabara and Mala fro Ikamva Labantu which is an organisation which deals with many aspects in our society.

Self-reliant and sustainable Community Based Organisations facilitating positive social change. Our mission is to build the capacity of affiliated Community Based Organisations to achieve effective and efficient delivery of our four core services, which are health, education and capacity building, food, security and poverty alleviation and land and buildings.
Executive Summary
In the late 1960’s at the height of South African Apartheid, social activists responded to the unjust socio-political conditions by setting up survival initiatives in the Western Cape. This led to a groundswell of similar initiatives being established in other parts of the country.
Due to this growth it became necessary to formalise the coordination of these initiatives. In 1992 Ikamva Labantu (The Future of our Nation) was launched as a non-governmental and non-profit organisation.
Ikamva Labantu is governed by an independent non-executive board made up of leaders from the projects we serve as well as members from the private sector. This board has created four sub-committees to effectively execute its oversight functions. They are strategy, fundraising, account and audit and remuneration.
All funds donated to the organisation are received into an independent Donor Trust. The trust is governed by independent trustees who oversee the transference of the funds to Ikamva Labantu against preapproved requisitions for programme and running costs.
Family Support Services - The integration of the Foster Care and Vulnerable Children programme into a collaborative, multi-sectoral programme
To support these changes we have established a community-based organisation (Siyakhathala) with its own constitution drawn up in consultation with the community, plus a detailed implementation plan to ensure the success of the programme
Senior Activity Centres - To meet the changing needs of grandparents, senior clubs are being upgraded to include child-care facilities
Food Security Programme - Food gardens are being established at all our seniors clubs and educare centres
Where possible, we are assisting foster mothers with the preparion of their food gardens
Community Creations Further exposure for the craft products produced by our people in Community Creations
Early Childhood Development - Development through "Play Family Support Services"
Home-based *Care hoops
4 Hope lifeskills programme
Community creations
Department for the visually challenged
Food security
Seniors and activity centres
Goals and Objectives
To ensure that critical needs of the communities served are met comprehensively and effectively.

Friday, July 27, 2007


Today we spoke to Alawiya Allie from the Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory (DACPM).

They would like to invite you to come to join our annual dinner party at the Ritz Plaza Hotel in Seapoint. We celebrate the present and future of 12 children and their mothers who experienced human loss during the struggle. The children have received educational bursaries and emotional support in the last few years through the Mother Support Initiative (MSI), a support group comprised of mothers and relatives of the young who died in the struggle against Apartheid in the Western Cape.The financial and social challenges that are faced by most of these families are exceedingly difficult, but on Friday evening we want to focus on positiveness: it's time to celebrate life with a 3-course dinner at the fancy rotating restaurant the Ritz Plaza Hotel

For more information contact:

Hedwich TulpDirect Action Centre for Peace & Memory
Tel: +2721 448 5760
Cell: 084 809 6746
Fax: +2721 448 6817
Alawiyah Allie at 021 448 5760
082 926 5972


Today we spoke to Vincent the founder from the Jungle Theatre Company which is an organisation which does plays and performances in disadvantaged areas bringing messages of awareness such as HIV/AIDS to communities.

Jungle Theatre Company is a non-profit organisation that has been successfully running for ten years with the aims of:
Providing accessible, educational, innovative and interactive theatrical events that address environmental and social issues.
Providing groups with the skills to create their own theatre events that deal with relevant issues.
To work in collaboration with other organisations that deal mainly with environmental and social issues.

For more information contact:

Stuart Palmer
Tel: 021 788-5641
Fax: 021 788-5643
Website: http://www.jungletheatre.co.za


Today we spoke to Roselle Frasca - Burman from Ukoyisa (to overcome) about their role in society.

Ukoyisa's passion is to transfer our knowledge in design techniques, marketing and business skills training, to empower crafts people to create quality, original and diverse craft products in the industry.
We believe by pouring out our full cups learners will benefit greatly to discover their own diverse potential to create quality product and to gain knowledge of competitive business skills to empower them economically thereby benefiting each community and household represented.

For futher information contact:

Roselle Frasca-Burman
Tel: 021 671 7797
Fax: 866405024


Today we spoke to Rosie Mashala the founder and director of the Baphumelele Children's Home about their projects, and what they are currently busy with in the community.

Baphumelele Children's Home aims to provide a home and refuge to children who are handicapped, orphaned, abused, abandoned and vulnerable. This is done by providing day care services as well as running a children's home.
Executive Summary
Rosalia Matshala, founder and director of Baphumelele Children's Home, first started as a day care centre in 1989 in Site B, Khayalitsha when she was disturbed to see young children going through the rubbish dump looking for food and without any home of their own.
Today "Baphumelele Children's Home" provides a safe, warm and loving home to more than 75 orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. A home for these children to call their own.
Baphumelele has rapidly grown into a children's home, a wood workshop, a community clinic, a day centre and a street-feeding initiative.
Goals and Objectives
Cluster Homes - Part of the vision at Baphumelele is to create a series of Cluster Homes, i.e. single-dwelling houses where a manageable group of six to eight children will live with their designated caregivers and create a nuclear family environment.
Health Clinic
Financial - The financial goal of Baphumelele is to attain viability and self-sustainability through its training and income generating programs

For further information about Baphumelele Children's Home:
Rosalia Mashala
Tel: 021-361 9631
Fax: 021-361 5238
Website: http://www.baphumelele.org.za/

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Backchat from 24-26 July 2007

On tuesday the 24th of July 2007 we spoke to Kabemba M Bin Ngulu who is an co-ordinator at the Congolese Developments Association Non Profit Organisation.
The Congolese Development Association is striving towards promoting and support the civil society in working with the South Africa communities to make all the basic commodities by the people in the DRC. In fulfilling this mission, the Congolese Development Association is striving to build with SA communities a framework on future collaboration in skill development and training, food processing, medication, agriculture, engineering and mining.
Executive Summary
The Congolese Development Association would like to make the City of Cape Town the new metropole of the DRC with all the socio-economical facilities the city has. The Congolese Development Association also wants to achieve the revival of the Congolese society by a strong cooperation between Congolese and South Africa correspondent. The Association has a vision of duplicating Cape Town Big Business in DRC.
Registration process with the Department of Socio-Development
Registration with the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce
Presentation of the Congolese Development Association Pogramme to the City of Cape Town
Mobile Clinic in the Capital City Kinshasa
Trauma Center in the East-Congo
Scrap refurbishing in Cape Town
Building materials production in Cape Town
Small Scale economic integration in 5 Cities in DRC
Complementary currency and job creation in 5 major cities in DRC
All basic commodities production in Cape Town for export to DRC
Goals and Objectives
To lay a framework of communities integration in both countries
To give a clear picture of socio-economic cooperation between the DRC and South Africa
To find a socio-economical solutions for Congo from Africa
To recreate and revive the most active socio-economic market in Africa

We then spoke to Sezeka Dyani from Iziko Lo Lwazi Craftworkers.
Iziko lo Lwazi's primary objective is the empowerment of women through education and employment. At our workshops in Hout Bay, Xhosa women from the nearby settlement of Imizamo Yethu, learn how to make paper and associated products, develop their English language and numeracy skills and are encouraged to play a role in growing the non-profit organisation through product development and marketing.
Executive Summary
Since its very small beginnings, when paper pulp was produced in a tin bath on the stoep of the library of Imizamo Yethu, the project has grown to the point where we now have a small workshop and studio adjacent to the Community Cultural Centre.
Up to 13 Xhosa women regularly attend the project and there are 5 volunteer workers. A line of products using both the beading and papermaking skills have been developed and these are marketed to various shops around Cape Town, overseas and sold at the local Craft Market, which is a great entrepreneurial exercise as the women run this as their own stall and practice their communication, numerical, marketing and organisational skills. It is a good incentive for the women to improve their English.
Most of the beaders have small babies and children and they are able to bring them to socialise and play in a safe environment with the educational toys provided.
In the past year we have had some singular successes. We have completed several big orders, including the provision of Christmas cards for one of SA's premier financial institutions.
We have perfected the making of our signature seaweed paper and extended the range to include paper made from horse manure and camel dung, a novel form of the recycling which is at the core of our philosophy. Iziko lo Lwazi workers have regularly manned their Hout Bay craftmarket stall demonstrating their craft skills and selling the project's wares.
We have also extended our premises, building a pergola to shade beaders working outside in the summer and protect the papermakers inside during the winter, and erecting a Wendy house which doubles as a visitors shop, additional work and storage space and study area.
In addition to an active product development programme, English conversation tuition under the guidance of Maryland School of Literacy in Hanover Park, visits from health care workers, HIV counsellors, social workers are all part of the life skills training we endeavour to provide.
We like to visit other projects, i.e. other papermaking workshops and have training by other more experienced beaders when possible.
Goals and Objectives
Our goal is to encourage experienced workers to play an even more active role in the day to day running of this project; empowering them to take ownership with the hope of eventual minimal volunteer help with buying of supplies and procuring customers
This goes hand in hand with the training offered and everyone is encouraged to participate in decision-making at our quarterly board meetings. We want to be able to produce quality items for sale that people will want to own on merit, not because we are a NPO in need of support
We have seen slow but sure progress in the delivery of work and the improvement of the lives of the beaders and papermakers, as their confidence develops and they are able to take more control over the most basic areas of their lives like putting bread on the table and seeing to the wellbeing of their family

We then moved over andspoke to Rob Small from Abalima Bezekhaya.

Abalimi is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working to empower the disadvantaged through Urban Agriculture and Environmental projects and programmes. We support our target groups’ ability to replicate their success and transform their lives in their urban and rural environments. Abalimi assists by providing the following support services: Project implementation; Resource support; Training; Organisation building; Facilitation of partnerships; Research, monitoring and evaluation.

On Wednesday the 25th of July 2007 we spoke to Charles Maisel from Black Umbrellas
The Black Umbrella’s has been established since 23rd January 2005 and has designed and piloted a new Small Micro Medium Enterprise (SMME) model that counters the common problems faced by Small Micro Medium Enterprise’s.

We then spoke to Linzi Thomas from MyliFe Project
The MylifE Project aims to create opportunities for marginalised youth in line with Government's broad social objectives through a rite of passage, mentorship, practical skills building, life skills and job training (entrepreneurial development). In doing this we hope to provide the incentive and the means to get children off the streets and prevent children from coming onto the streets

On Thursday we spoke to Ditsi Carolina whose film 'Life on the tracks' which will be documented at the Encounters Film Festival.
The film is about the railway tracks which fan out from the heart of Manila, sending trains out to the country. The tracks are alternately the children’s playground, the social centre, the karaoke stage and a means of less formal transport for the residents who live out their lives in makeshift, crowded houses dangerously close to the path of powerful, impervious trains. Life on the Tracks is a startlingly intimate, charming and compassionate portrait of a young Filipino family: happy, go-lucky Eddie and harried Pen Renomeron and their two daughters and three adopted kids. Eddie sells ducks eggs and Pen washes clothes to keep the family afloat, just. But when the landlord breaks the news that their home is to be demolished, their already precarious lives are thrown into more turmoil.

We then spoke to Claudia Deelie from Nadezhda Job Centre

Nadezhda Job Centre believes that every unemployed person has the potential to gain employment, being provided the necessary skills and motivation through volunteerism and training.

Then lastly we spoke to Pinky Pitolo and Christine Tatt from Philippi Trust South Africa
The mission of Philippi Trust is to provide affordable and accessible professional lay counselling and counselling training to both the church and community. The Trust is a non-profit organization of a public character, established for the sole objective of providing counselling and educational programmes relating to abuse, prevention of addiction to dependence-forming substances, family stability, HIV/Aids, as well as psycho-social support to vulnerable and abandoned children.

Monday, July 23, 2007


Today we spoke to Senza Kula from Ilitha Lomso about their recent activities in the community.

Ilitha Lomso is a community organisation working on environmental issues with youth in poor communities. This is driven by a vision to see a vibrant youth driven organisation making impact, through the environment, in the lives of poor and marginalised communities.
Executive Summary
Harare is one of many communities in Khayelitsha who have, over the years, been stricken by the imbalanced and unfair manner in which services are delivered in the area. This, along many other reasons, is said to be caused by the continued influx of people from neighbouring communities and is exacerbated by government's lack of effective and efficient service delivery.
To an extent communities are cut off their water supply, billed unfairly or do not even have access to information and their natural resources. Ilitha Lomso has, over the years engaged local municipalities, communities and civil society organisations, through researched information, by doing capacity building, awareness raising and implemented projects to demonstrate practical solutions.
Managed to recruit and train more than 50 young people from Harare including Makhaza
We have done basic action research around the saving of water and the protection of local conservation sites to more than 200 house holds
We have developed and printed more than 1000 pamphlets, printed 100 educational t-shirts, performed theatre performances to about 10 schools in and surround the areas, held educational field trips to local dams and nature conservation sites, established community forums and held public meetings, fixed a few leaks in Harare and put a few signages at Makhaza Dunes
We have two environmental programme, focusing on capacity building (part of which covers action research and training), awareness-raising and project implementation to demonstrate practical solutions:
Ithontsi Water Project- this is a Community based water demand
Intelezi Nature Conservation Project- a project based on natural resource management
Goals and Objectives
To demonstrate a best practice community based water demand management project model in Harare Khayelitsha
Natural resource management project model at Makhaza where there is a sense of ownership over the water and natural resources they use access to information is locally available
Local artisans and conservationists exist through training
Access to water is sufficiently available for house hold use
Access to nature conservation sites is available to local people
Capacity to monitor water use within house holds prevails
Capacity to monitor our natural resources is available
Money is saved between both communities and local authorities
Proactive community partnerships are demonstrated
Lessons are documented for reference to stakeholders


Today we spoke to Samson Faleni from the Ikwezi Youth Theatre Development about what they are doing in the community.

Ikwezi Youth Theatre development which is fully aware that today's world presents, variety problems to children and young people, particularly concerning culture and education and later, in the working environment the "Global Village" has become the definition of the 21st century.
This reality has a huge impact on both collective and individual identity. In such a situation identity can either be destroyed or enhanced and shared on an equal basis. The encountering of cultures and the understanding and acceptance that can grow from this can lead to amore open, tolerant and harmonious global village.
Cultural awareness, beyond our historical barriers, needs to be acquired by each and every one of us. Children and young people who do not have a privilege of a broad education need the influence of and contact with those who not only have a broad education but also have the vision and ability to show them that there are no limits. It is only them that they will be meeting and sharing information with other standing on an equal ground.
Through the creation and organization of specific short or long term projects integrating one or more of our expertise we shall expose children and young people to the diversity of cultural and conventional knowledge. By this we do not mean only the arts but also a broader sense of culture, history, contemporary trends, the evaluation of cultural encounter, interaction and sharing and inter- cultural communication.
Using music/percussion, dance, movement, oral and written expression visual arts and crafts as measn towards the end of self expression, self confidence and cultural interaction with others, we hope instil self and collective awareness within children and young people who participate in our programs


Today we spoke to Ronnie Samaai who is one of the best-known music teachers today.

Ronnie discussed the Youth Music Festival which will take place on the 4th of August at the Artscape Theatre.

The festival will involove 14 young up and coming talents who excelled in a music competition of which Samaai was a judge. The 14 talents will perform their solos which ranges from cello to marimbas to tenor singing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Samaai who has been teaching music for more than 40 years is currently busy teaching music on farms and in disadvantaged areas during his retirement. He currently serves on the board of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and is also the chairman of the Western Cape Music Education Department.

The Festival will take place on the:

4th August 2007

c.c R60

pensioners and students c.c R30

Friday, July 20, 2007


Today we spoke to Dylan Valley and Sean Drummond two UCT honours film and media students whose documentary Lost Profits are been screened at the Encounters Film Festival in the V&A Waterfront.

The documentary is about 'Prophets of the City' which was a hip-hop group on the Cape Flats during th 1990's!

It documents the groups experiences when they were together and after the group split up and went their own way!


Today we spoke to two members of the Yale Whiffenpoofs acapella group.

The group which is known as the oldest and the world best known acapella group cam into existence in 1909 at Yale University in the United States of America and each year travels the globe on their summer vacation.

The group of 14 artists are selected each year during a tough process, and then travel the world. The Whiffenpoofs are currently on tour in South Africa and are currently at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

My African Dream Children's Fund

Today we spoke to Terry Corr who is the Project Manager of the My African Dream Children's Fund.

My African Dream Children's Fund is an initiative whereby youths go on camps and they get taught about the different walks of life this includes team building and society issues.

Their goals and objectives are:
Educational outreach programmes incorporating enrichment, support, and tuition for poor and needy Children
Educational programmes relating to HIV and Aids awareness and prevention
Educational programmes relating to substance and alcohol abuse
Youth leadership and skills development camps
Unemployed youth training opportunities
Community development for poor and needy persons and anti poverty initiatives

For more information contact:

Terry Corr
Tel: 021-780 1353
Fax: 021-780 1353
Email: info@myafricandream.org.za
Website: http://www.myafricandream.org.za

KIDS Foundation is back!

Today we spoke to Jooles Pienaar who is an co-ordinator from KIDS Foundation, and says that the foundation is still standing strong.

The KIDS Foundation was founded in 1994 to facilitate the advancement of less privileged children by placing a good education within their reach financially. To this end, the Foundation pays for the tuition fees of scholars at junior and high schools and, in some instances it has paid for tertiary studies.

KiDS scholars are likely to become the future leaders, engineers, accountants, doctors, technicians or artisans who will be well equipped to contribute towards the establishment of an educated, economically prosperous nation.

For more information contact:

Juliet Pienaar
Tel: 021-856 0168/ 082 33
Fax: 021-856 0168
Email: jooles@kidsfoundation.co.za
Website: http://www.kidsfoundation.co.za


Today we spoke to Programme Coordinators Lubabalo Busakwe and Shermon Williams and Hal Harris project Manager from Hoops 4 Hope about what they'r doing to uplift the community.
Hoops 4 Hope is an initiative which educates 'Freedom Through Sport' and this is done through basketball.

The aim of the organization is to empower H4H coaches to become effective advocates for positive change in the lives of young people in their communities who grow up in very challenging environments. The educational role of the All Star and MVP coach is proactive rather than reactive, meaning that they bring respect, fun and sport into the lives of these young people.

Teachers and parents are often in a position of authority, and are thus unable to foster honest discussions or learning. Our All Stars and MVP’s are in a unique position to open a forum that affords the youth a rare opportunity to discuss important life changing and damaging topics. Hoops 4 Hope is much more than simply playing sports. We address the sensitive, but critical aspects of the young peoples’ lives that teachers and adults may not feel comfortable doing. We are helping children make it to the big leagues of life!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Today we spoke to the flamboyant comedian Mark Sampson about his hilarious show 'Missing Links' which will come to an end at the Baxter theatre this weekend.

The show which runs from the 18th to the 21st of July is coming to an end after a nationwide tour where it has reveived standing ovations.
Missing Links is a stark raving mad contemporary classic that has a unique twist to it. Its a South African story mapping the comedian's journey to discover how everyone on the planet has African roots.

Sampson has performed the show to rapturous receptions across the country, from school children and students, to FIFA delegates, cabinet ministers and even paleoanthropologist Professor Philip Tobias. After two top-selling years at Grahamstown, this is the last appearance of MISSING LINKS on the Fring, so if you haven't yet experienced that linking feeling - don't miss it!

for more information contact:
SAMP at 021 789 1665

Earthnotes Environmental Film Festival

Today we spoke to Riaan van der Merwe from the Eathnotes Environmental Film Festival which will take place at the Labia on Orange in Cape Town.
This will be a festival of a different kind as it would take the form of documentaries, which are locally and international focusing on the state of the environment.
Amid worldwide campaigns to highlight the threat to the global environment, comes documentaries which takes place in Cape Town at he Labia on Orange from 27 July to 8 August, before tavelling up the West Coast to Namibia.

Tickets cost R20 per session and are available through the Labia on Orange.

For further details contact:
Raquel Garcia - 021 448 3778 or the
Labia - 021 424 5927 or
CPUT on 021 959 6926

Monday, July 16, 2007

YMCA Athlone still stands

Today we spoke to James Benjamin who is the Manager of Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) in Athlone. According to Benjamin the Athlone YMCA has always been a busy, and welcoming place for kids, and is dedicated to the spiritual, social, intellectual and physical improvement of boys and young men and later to women.
Being situated right in the center of where families were forced to live as a result of the Group Areas Act and subsequent forced removals, the Athlone YMCA finds itself in a strategic position to continue its work against the effectrs of the poor socio economic condition that exists because of apartheid.

To contact The Athlone YMCA contact:

Lilian - (021)633 1669


Today we spoke to Commander Brian Stockton from the South African Navy about the commemoration of the SS Mendi.
The SS Mendi sailed from South Africa on 19 Januray, and was carrying the South African Native Labour corps on their way to France in 1917, in the early hours of 21 February the SS Mendi sank with no warning or signal taking with her the crew of 616 soldiers. The majority of the men who died on the Mendi have no known graves and are commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.

The commemoration will take place in England in the month of July


Today we spoke to Mandla Yeki - the Media Liason Officer for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sport about the birthday bash thats going to be held at Victor Vester prison celebrating the 89th Birthday of former president Nelson Mandela.

The party which host some of the greatest footballers in the continent and South Africa's 2010 ambassadors will join the Western Cape football ambassadors for a different kind of party - soccer coaching organised by the Department to honour and celebrate the contribution of the former President in building a non-racial and united South Africa.

Approximately 600 under 13 boys and girls from schools and soccer teams in the Boland and Metro will take part in the coaching clinics at Victor Vester Prison sports grounds. This will then be preceded by a visit to the Mandela house by the ambassadors to show them where his journey to freedom began.

Football stars and legends such as former Bafana Bafana captain, Lucas Radebe, Phil Masinga, Mark Fish and Samuel Eto'o will be gracing the event with their presence.

The function will be concluded with a symbolic cutting and sharing of a birthday cake.

For more information contact:
Mandla Yeki
Media Liason Officer
Ministry: Cultural Affairs and Sport
Te: (021) 483 9804

UCT student wins award

Watching relatives die of HIV/AIDS was painful for Tashinga Matindike, but it also inspired her to become an AIDS activist.

Now, the 25-year old fine-arts student’s work to combat the pandemic has won her a Women Leading Change Award from the World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

Matindike, who hails from Zimbabwe, was one of 14 recipients of the accolade at the YWCA’s International Women’s Summit: Women’s Leadership on HIV and AIDS, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4 to 7 July. The women were recognised for their leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki presented the 14 with the awards.

Matindike was acknowledged in the Innovative Leadership category for a website she designed as a self-motivated project last year. The site has since turned out to be a useful tool for people to share their feelings and stories. One student even used it to disclose her HIV-positive status.

“I never thought it will have such an impact,” says Matindike, who had lost three family members to HIV/AIDS.

The YWCA award, which came with a $10 000 (about R70 000) grant for further work on HIV/AIDS - which she’ll do at UCT and with the YWCA of Zimbabwe - follows Matindike’s nomination as a finalist in the SABS Design Achievers Competition in Johannesburg in June.