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Siyakhona held their mobile public cinema screening on 25 August 2011, the screening was held in the Setshwetla area near Marlboro Gardens. We demonstrated a good strategy of working together with local stakeholders such as Alex FM and Amakhone Esintu. The Alexandra community station reported on the event and dj Umbrella joined us to listen to what the community had to say. Amakhone Esintu, a local theatre production company performed African traditional ways of story telling to empower our community with issues related to battle against rats.

Mobile Community Cinema Screening

Lehlohonolo speaks to the community

Eco solutions provoked a possible solution by playing a digital story about owls and their role in managing the rats and also verbal teaching of the importance of balancing the eco system. Introducing owls to the rats problem is part of a solution which then sparked debate amongst the citizen of Setshwetla.

After the rats film the audience shared their views and opinions:

They highlighted the issue of cleanness as one of the problems, they then suggested to be given extra plastic bags to put in their rubbish.

People also have a problem of congestion as one of the problems that prevent proper cleanliness, and they suggest that the cleaning company must intensify cleaning effectively in congested areas .

They also highlighted the issue of housing as the main solution to the rats problem.

More than half the population believe in different myths that are attributed to owls . However one lady suggested that it would be better to live with owls than rats. The over-all response of people on this eco-solution showed a greater need for more workshops about owls.

The Setshwetla screening was one of the best screenings that we ever had around Alex. The turn out was +-350 people and more than 50 kids were there. Organizations from Alexandra township like Life Line also supported our consultation, helping us to facilitate the dialogue session after the film and encouraged us with support for the great work we are doing.

I’m a young lady from Alexandra township trained by Hillside Digital in the Siyakhona project to become a video journalist. We collect votes from the community before producing a documentary on a burning issue. We screen our documentary back to the community and encourage the audience to speak their mind.

As Hillside Digital we have a partnership with the local radio station; Alex fm. Our show is every Tuesday at seven pm. I chose a topic on millennium development goals. The United Nation chose 8 goals to focus on, to eradicate extreme poverty around the world. This is an important issue to talk about on air because it affects us all in different ways.Suzan Khosa

I arrived at Alex FM to prepare to be on air. Brian the presenter asked what the topic of the day was. I told him that I wanted to talk about the United Nations’ MDGs as there was a summit in New York about the world meeting the MDG deadline in 2012. We started the show but Brian stopped the show because he didn’t have any idea what the millennium goals were all about. I gave him a copy and he read to get some clue on what is all about.

I was very disappointed to see the local radio station who has more than 50 000,00 listeners, had never heard of the MDGs. They host a good show but they don’t know about vital policies the international community is following to get us out of poverty. I don’t blame the radio station or its DJs but I can’t help thinking that if radio talk show hosts don’t know about the MDGs then how many residents of my community or South Africa know about them?

I think it is very important that we as a community follow what the United Nations is doing because it affect us all. The world agreed to these goals to get poor townships like Alexandra out of poverty. It is time for us to start educating our people to be aware about the goals and have our voice heard as a contributing factor in the policy decisions. It is our lives that is affected by MDG policy and my people don’t even know they exist.