Hard-hitting contemporary drama puts the spotlight on vulnerable African teens

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‘MTV Shuga: Down South’ stars Samkelisiwe Makhoba as Khensani and Stephanie Sandows as Tsholo.

An irresponsible teen mom. A predatory teacher. An ambitious hostess. A conflicted adolescent struggling to understand his identity. A neglected trophy wife. A pregnant schoolgirl. A possessive boyfriend. A ruthless entrepreneur.

These are just some of the faces of MTV Shuga: Down South, the 12- part new drama series from MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base. The show premieres on Wednesday, 8 March on MTV Base (South Africa) on at 9.30pm CAT and on MTV Base (rest of Africa) at 10.05pm WAT. Continue reading

Using personal stories to tell the history of HIV and AIDS

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THE KwaMuhle Museum, 130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban is hosting South African Voices:  Towards a Museum of HIV Memory and Learning, a legacy project of AIDS2016.

South African Voices strives to tell the story of our HIV history in a manner that is authentic, elegant, sensitive and holistic. It marks the start of a South African collection of artefacts, artistic, historic and photographic items that pay tribute to people affected by HIV.

The collected items pay tribute to those who suffered and succumbed, and those who live with HIV every day in South Africa.
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Through Positive Eyes exhibition documents the reality of living with HIV

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Justice Edwin Cameron (guest speaker), Carol Brown (co-curator – Durban), David Gere (co-curator – Los Angeles) at the opening of the exhibition. Photo: Harry Lock

The exhibition, Through Positive Eyes, which features over 100 photographs, sculptural works, and live storytelling, documenting the realities of individuals living with HIV across the globe, can be viewed at the Durban Art Gallery. It coincides with AIDS 2016: The International AIDS Conference in Durban. Continue reading

Durban’s Umcebo Design creates art for Aids

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Durban Actor Nhlakanipho Manqele encourages groups of young people to participate in The Butterfly Project – one of the fringe art events of AIDS2016 which encourages youth to envisage an AIDS free generation. Nhlakanipho Manqele plays all-knowing Owl in KickstArt’s adaptation of Winnie the Pooh over the July school holidays at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus. Pic: Publicity Matters

Respected Durban art makers, Umcebo Design, is involved in two participative art projects as part of AIDS2016 – Light of Hope, an enormous chandelier with individually-beaded leaves which pays tribute to people touched by HIV/Aids; and a youth project envisioning an AIDS free-generation, dubbed The Butterfly Project.

Both projects involve community participation and both are made using recycled plastics –  family-sized yoghurt tubs and ice cream containers. Continue reading

Sing With One Voice at the Emmanuel Cathedral

Participants from last year’s concert: Bianca Njoka – Holy Family College (18), Genevieve Ducray – Maris Stella (16), Pinkie Mtshali – Emmanuel Cathedral, Sipho Moorosi – St Benedict (16), Thabiso Phakathi – Kwa Thinthwa School for the Deaf (16) (with spectacles), Nosipho Ndaba – Holy Family College (17), (top) Lethiwe Ntaka – Kwa Thinthwa School for the Deaf (16) and Georgina Brink – Maris Stella (16)

Participants from last year’s concert: Bianca Njoka – Holy Family College (18), Genevieve Ducray – Maris Stella (16), Pinkie Mtshali – Emmanuel Cathedral, Sipho Moorosi – St Benedict (16), Thabiso Phakathi – Kwa Thinthwa School for the Deaf (16) (with spectacles), Nosipho Ndaba – Holy Family College (17), (top) Lethiwe Ntaka – Kwa Thinthwa School for the Deaf (16) and Georgina Brink – Maris Stella (16)

Sing with One Voice is a choral music and dance concert featuring seven Catholic schools from the greater Durban area. This fund-raiser for the Denis Hurley Centre is taking place at Emmanuel Cathedral on Thursday, August 20 at 6.30 pm. Prior to the concert, there will be a free tour of the Denis Hurley Centre at 5.30 pm. Continue reading