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The Hillside Digital Trust is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £10,074.92 from the Indigo Trust in support of the Hillside Digital Trust’s implementation of Sony and FIFA’s Siyakhona Media Studio at the Kick4Life Football for Hope centre in Maseru, Lesotho. The much needed funding will enable the participants to benefit from a further three months of intensive training by providing salary costs, travel, Internet and administration.Image

 Siyakhona (We can do it) is a project that identifies youth, both men and women, from varied and under-privileged backgrounds and provides them with the skills and confidence to be the voice of their community. The hands on and practical training in human rights, journalistic skills and ethics, digital film production, community engagement and creative thinking will empower 8 young leaders to inspire active community participation in bringing about social change through their call to action films. The group are training hard to become citizen video journalists and human rights activists, investigating the views and experiences of those whose voice is less often heard in Lesotho, including young people’s views on HIV and AIDS.

“We are delighted with the support and faith the trustees of The Indigo Trust has placed in us and Siyakhona. The grant will go a long way toward ensuring the success and sustainability of the Siyakhona Media Studio in Lesotho,” said Danny Lurie, founder and Director of The Hillside Digital Trust.

The trainees recently completed their first cycle of training that culminated with the launch of the Siyakhona Media Studio to the public at the Football for Hope Centre in Maseru. Students screened their first films to an impressed and delighted audience.

In the next few weeks the video journalists will use their training to engage their community to discover their burning social issues. With the community’s support Siyakhona will seek to understand the problem, its root causes and together they will find creative solutions to implement. Siyakhona will produce a magazine show highlighting the issue and their call to action, and screen it all over the community to rally support and mobilization.

Rather than me telling you how the project is continuing with the support of the Indigo Trust and the project’s headline sponsors, I recommend you read about it from the video journalists themselves at www.siyakhonak4l.blogspot.com

“Morning everyone. My name is Danny and this is Herbert. Welcome to the Siyakhona training program. I am from the Hillside Digital Trust, a not for profit organization that trains young people like yourselves in human rights based participatory video journalism and community activism. Herbert is one of the first guys we trained in Alexandra Township in the first Siyakhona project. For the next 3 months we’re going to train you to become experts in and protectors of human rights, learn to think critically, research and engage experts, your neighbors and other stakeholders. We’re going to teach you how to film, edit and screen your call to action films to your community and to the world. And we’re going to have fun doing it. You will use these skills to fight HIV and AIDS and bring about dramatic social change in Lesotho.”

First day of training at the Kick4Life Football for Hope Center in Maseru, Lesotho

First day of training at the Kick4Life Football for Hope Center in Maseru, Lesotho

Following the success of implementing Siyakhona in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and Alexandra Township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Sony and FIFA have sponsored the Siyakhona Media Studio, with additional support from Streetfootballworld, for the Kick4Life Football for Hope Center in Maseru, situated behind the Palace of Justice on the old police training grounds.

Herbert and I kicked off the training by getting our new students to handle the camera for the first time. ‘Today was the most amazing day in my life. Unlike in most film schools and universities, the first thing we did was going straight into practically handling the camera and the mic. Everybody had a turn to introduce themselves with a mic while somebody was behind the camera filming them. Likewise, everybody had a turn behind the camera and film the introduction,’ writes Lepheana in his journal.

After an introduction to human rights and how it began the Siyakhona crew were sent out into the community to see how much people knew about their human rights. “I learned a lot about human rights only to find out there are 30 human rights, we did a little research, asked people what they knew about human rights. I believe as Siyakhona we’ll teach the community about what we have learned and we’re going to work hand in hand to bring changes,” writes Ben Mohajane. If you’d like to know more about your human rights, visit Youth for Human Rights

Watch our video on their first week of training and follow their progress on their very own blog site, Siyakhona Lesotho The site will be regularly updated with the Siyakhona crew’s journals and blogs and pretty soon they will begin uploading their call to action videos. We hope you’ll join us on their journey.

Siyakhona Alexandra and Siyakhona Khayelitsha are saddened to hear that Matthew Lang is leaving his post as CEO of Sony South Africa. We wish you all the best for your future Matthew and hope that we will remain in your thoughts as you surely will remain in ours. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and encouragement during our training and filming the football for hope tournament.

Thank you for playing a part in changing our lives, giving us skills and amazing Sony equipment. With Siyakhona and your help we have inspired our communities to join us in improving all our lives and our surroundings.

 

 

Rats are in City’s cross hairs Print E-mail a friend
Written by Rudo Mungoshi
Thursday, 02 September 2010
Catching rats: an Alex resident uses special equipment to kill rodents

There is a rodent infestation in Alexandra, but the City and its partners are spearheading a cleanup and education campaign.

DAVID Maphangwa doesn’t remember when the giant rats first appeared. Like many another Alexandra resident, he has learned to turn a blind eye to the creatures and, surprisingly, he is adjusting to their growing presence.

All Alex residents should come together to clean up their area, says Region E director Liziwe Ntshinga-Makoro

All Alex residents should come together to clean up their area, says Region E director Liziwe Ntshinga-Makoro

“I have been here for three years and it has been an ongoing problem,” Maphangwa says. “They have cost me a lot of money and a lot of inconvenience.”

Maphangwa, an informal trader who sells meat for a living, tries his best to clean up his work place in the hope of not attracting the rats. He used to put down poison for the rodents, but eventually gave up when he realised that it was having no effect.

Norman Mashaba, another Alex meat seller, adds: “They are massive creatures. If people didn’t throw food on the ground, I don’t think it would happen.”

He “always” sees the rats running around, especially in the afternoon. They are causing hell for residents; they chew through doors and get into houses in their endless search for food. It’s common to hear stories of rats eating clothes or opening pots or, more horrifying, of rats biting babies.

One resident claims: “They are large as cats.” Another says: “They are the size of dogs and they are not afraid of humans. They will scurry right around your feet.”

The rodents plaguing Alexandra feed on scraps from bins or on rubbish dumped in the streets. They belong to the Rattus Norvegicus species, known as the Norway rat or the brown rat.

Clean up
To tackle the problem, the City began a massive cleanup campaign on Wednesday, 1 September. It is a response to the problems identified in short films made by six trainee video journalists on the infestation of rats in the township that are breeding in improperly managed rubbish.

The unhygienic conditions in most parts of Alex are excellent breeding ground for rodents

The unhygienic conditions in most parts of Alex are excellent breeding ground for rodents

Participating in the campaign are the Hillside Digital trainee video journalists, Region E, Pikitup, metro police, South African Police Service, Alexandra Urban Renewal Project and local councillors. The campaign will end on 4 September. The areas targeted for the cleanup include Oliver Tambo, Kholofelo ya Joseph, Roosevelt, Alex Vincent, Vasco da Gama and Richard Baloyi.

The six trainee video journalists, all from disadvantaged communities, were trained under the Siyakhona project to become citizen journalists, fighting for the rights of their communities. Siyakhona is part of Sony’s corporate social responsibility collaboration with FIFA. It is implemented through Football for Hope, the FIFA and streetfootballworld movement.

The project is implemented by Hillside Digital, a South African nongovernmental organisation dedicated to giving a voice to impoverished communities.

Speaking at the start of the cleanup at the Square in Alexandra, the Region E regional director, Liziwe Ntshinga-Makoro ,thanked the City departments for uniting to tackle the rat problem. “If we cannot do it together, we are unlikely to win the battle against social challenges.”

She pointed out that initiatives implemented in the past were not successful because of a lack of co-operation between departments and communities. “Urban role management is unlocking the inefficiencies and encouraging a more systematic and integrated approach to service delivery.”

Litter
The City needed to develop a holistic approach to illegal dumping in informal settlements, she added. It needed to encourage people to use rubbish bins and rubbish collection points to reduce rat infestation.

Gotcha! A health officer shows off the size of rats hounding in Alex residents

Gotcha! A health officer shows off the size of rats hounding in Alex residents

Mustapha Hendricks, the chairperson of the pest control task force in the City’s environment health unit, spoke about the five steps that Alex residents could take to keep rats out.

“You have to inspect your property; clean up any droppings or tracks they leave behind; starve them … also shut them out by sealing cracks and holes in your residence; and wipe them out with rodent baiting.”

However, he warned the crowd that using pesticides or baits would not work effectively if they did not change some of their habits. “Rodent bait is an effective way to wipe out rats but it only works if we clear the rubbish first … Instead of throwing out food on to the pavements, wrap it up in plastic bags and throw it into bins.”

To prevent the outbreak of disease, Hendricks explained that his division caught rats on a monthly basis and sent blood samples from them to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases for testing. “So far we have not had any positive results,” he said.

The head of Region E’s health department, Vusi Mazibuko, said the rat infestation in Alexandra was caused by unhygienic conditions, overcrowding, scrap yards and illegal dumping. “If we don’t act quickly about this critical problem, we will have a serious outbreak of diseases.”

Contact the environmental health office on 011 582 1651/2/3 for help in controlling rodents.

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By Hlomela MseseleHlomela Msesele

The 29th of July was a scary day for me as we were doing our film screening in one of the high schools in Mitchell’s plain and I had to stand in front of 400 learners. You know how high school learners are; I was also one of them.

The time other crew members were setting the screen I was not as nervous.  I knew what I was going to say and I was not scared but when the learners entered the hall I started shaking and getting nervous and I was the first one to stand up and present my story.

When I stood up all eyes were looking and listening to what I was going to say but I told myself, ‘you know that you can do this,’ and I did it. Short and sweet. It was nice to see other documentaries from other experienced film makers like sis Lungiswa who has been in the industry for a long time. He told me and the other Siyakhona members to believe and have faith in what we are doing and to, ‘be who you are’.

The other thing that worried me was the questions from the learners but I played it cool of course with the help of my team. What I noticed is the young don’t like to watch documentaries they like prefer action movies not knowing what a documentary is all about.

I also did not like it at first, I thought it was kind of a boring thing to watch but as I knew more about it I started to connect with it because it gives you self-respect, respect for other people’s cultures and its telling something that is true, something that you have experienced and you know of so I really had a good time at the school.

My message to the youth out there is try something new for a change, stop complaining about what you don’t have or have and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, just have faith and passion for what you doing. All I’m saying is “Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there”. AYOBA!!!!!!!! [tweetmeme source=”hillsidedigital” only_single=false]

I am from Khayelitsha township in Cape Town. Before Siyakhona, I was involved in performing arts like music, poetry and acting. I have attended workshops on women leadership programmes in townships in South Africa and Kenya.
Siyakhona has made an important impact on my life. On a stage I connected with my audience but with video I can reach further. I have also had the ability to tell the untold stories of Khayelitsha and reached both the people who are effected by the poverty as well as the individuals who think that Khayelitsha is dangerous community. Finally, the skills I have learnt here has changed the way I see the world, and the power of telling stories with a camera.
With my skills, I want to fight for women rights, bring cinema to the community and become a loud voice for my community and my people.

Not long ago, South Africa celebrated their announcement to host the FIFA World Cup 2010. When the moment arrived every one from the township streets and urban brews prepared for the real moment when the world cup began in June. I was in my green t- Shirt for my country and ready for the world cup in Africa. Above all, I was preparing my equipment to capture the moment and report it to my community and the world. As a citizen journalist the journey for exciting stories ahead had begun and the chance to dramatically improve living conditions in my country.

Every step of the way as a journalist it demanded more experience from my training to become the best camera man for the event, and direct the production with my colleagues as a crew. I enjoyed working amongst world class media agents such as CNN, BBC, SuperSport and others. I was looking up to them as they were shooting from exclusive angles around the field and I was getting better at it with every moment of the day.

It was indeed an opportunity of a life time, when Danny recommended me and Tshepiso to meet the Chairman, Chief executive officer and President of Sony Corporation; Sir Howard Stringer, Joburg City Mayor Mr Masondo, Lucas Radebe; Ambasssador for Football for Hope and as a soccer legend, and others who were VIP`s. I was thinking it was an honor to meet him and relaying my passion for citizen journalism and Hillside Digital and how I want to make it a community voice.

I was delighted to show Mayor Masondo our films on the VIP flat screen television which had already been playing in the VIP room for several days. I know our work has been recognized and some where, some how, there is a hidden goodwill to save our work.

Probably you would want to know how you can be part of this programme, well, as we seek to influence social change through citizen journalism in impoverished communities like Alexandra, You can believe in our vision and be our ambassador, We request funding for the programme to continue influencing social change, and your support will change someone’s life through our mission. Please click on the Support Siyakhona tab to learn more.

I would like to honor the world and who celebrated with us the success of the world cup, not forgetting, FIFA organization, Sony, FIFA Organizing Committee South Africa, Football for Hope, Street Foot Ball World, Siyakhona and my community, Gracius, Obrigado to the world.