Making dreams come

If you are contemplating a trip to the Namib desert, the chances are that you will pass through the 4000-strong village of MaltahÁ¶he in the dry and desolate Hardap region of southern Namibia. If you stop long enough in this village, you will most definitely be accosted by the Ama Buruxa (Nama for “Simply AmazingÀ) Culture group comprising abandoned children whose beautiful moves are choreographed by their champion, the soft spoken chair of the village council, Karolina Pieters.

Women?s Day in South Africa is a time for critical reflection

When asking how far we have come, our analysis needs to become more nuanced. How far has who come? The rural woman for whom customary law still means that she is effectively a minor; the poor woman in a township who?s economic dependence on her abusive husband limits her options for leaving him; or the young educated woman who has reaped the benefits of our democracy and our governments commitment to gender equality and has acquired economic success, that has allowed her access to better opportunities?

Media tackles HIV and AIDS from the inside out

Kaya FM, a popular radio station in Johannesburg, runs a weekly programme called Positive Talk in which people infected and affected by the pandemic talk about the daily challenges and how they cope. Yet until the radio station became part of the Media Action Plan on HIV/AIDS and Gender ? a collaborative effort by media NGOs led by the Southern African Editors Forum (SAEF) to develop newsroom policies – the pandemic had barely been talked about in-house.