Kwanda Reality TV series set to change communities

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Johannesburg - A new, fresh and exciting TV series, the Kwanda Reality show, is set to entertain and inspire people to make a difference in their communities.

Aired on SABC1 every Wednesday at 9pm, the Kwanda Reality TV series is the first community make-over show which helps to address some of the biggest challenges facing communities.

Kwanda, which means wealth and growth, will assist government to deal effectively with the scourge of poverty in the hard-hit rural areas of the country.

A few months ago, volunteer teams were recruited across five provinces - namely the Eastern Cape (Pefferville), KwaZulu-Natal (Umthwalume), Mpumalanga (Tjakastaad), Limpopo (Lephephane) and in the Free State (Kwakwatsi).

Since then, they have been trained to organise themselves and were filmed as they worked together in their communities.

The Kwanda teams have been helping orphans by reducing alcohol abuse and alcohol related violence, generating income, creating jobs and reducing new HIV and AIDS infections.

The series, which tracks their journey and support given to the communities, provide ideas for action, as well as relevant contact information to help people in their communities.

Launching the recent groundbreaking rural community development project, the Deputy Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini called on communities in the country to emulate what Kwanda teams were doing in assisting their communities out of socio-economic ills.

"Kwanda is a fresh and new approach to sustainable livelihood and development of our shows that we as South Africans still have the capacity to think out of the box and out of our institutions in our collective effort to develop our country," said Dlamini.

The project is a partnership between the Department of Social Development and the Soul City Institute.

Other partners involved in the funding of the project include the Department of Health, the South African Local Government Association, BP Southern Africa, MTN and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This public-private partnership between the institutions gives effect to President Jacob Zuma's call on communities to begin initiating job-creating projects on their own in an attempt to assist government in alleviating poverty in communities.

Similarly, it gives effect to the current government slogan, "Working Together we can do more".