Friday, 19 October 2018
Community involvement

The iMEDIATE team members are involved in a wide range of community activities, reflecting individual interests and commitment. We all believe that investing time and energy in ‘not-for-profit’ work is in fact extremely profitable. It yields valuable knowledge and experience, productive partnerships, personal growth and friendship.

We serve on the boards and committees of organisations dedicated to social and economic justice, child, youth and older people development, counselling and family support. Sometimes, that means attending meetings and planning workshops. Often, it means working directly with community members, sharing ideas and information, skills, opinions and adventures.

The Identity Project PDF Print E-mail

iMEDIATE is piloting an innovative programme to discover how children in KwaZulu-Natal see themselves and what shapes their identity in South Africa today.

Every generation grows up in a world that is different from the world their parents knew. However, the rapid and fundamental change that South Africa has undertaken in the lifetime of today’s young people creates all sorts of challenges of identity, self-image and belonging.

Children are bombarded by media images – some local, but predominantly American and European – that tell them how they should look, speak, sing, move and behave in order to belong, to be accepted and to be ‘cool’

It is often hard for children to assert their own identity, especially given the racial baggage of apartheid that stills weighs down South Africans. Many children still live in neighbourhoods that are characterised as Black, Indian, Coloured or White. At school, they find themselves labelled by educators who have to report to the authorities on the racial make-up of their classes. At home and work, stereotypes persist.

A Call to Put Children First PDF Print E-mail

Children’s rights are specifically guaranteed in international law and in the constitutions and national policy of almost all countries (only the US and Somalia have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)).However, most governments do not live up to their obligations.

Organisations that Meet the Needs of Children and Young People

Children throughout the so-called developing world and in many transitional and conflict-ridden societies are deprived of the most basic rights to life, health, dignity and participation. States, including South Africa, routinely declare their concern for children but then produce budgets – allocations of public money – in ways that demonstrate very different priorities. Even where children’s basic material rights are met, their rights to participate in making decisions about their lives, to express opinions – and to have those opinions formed by facts instead of adult perceptions – are often denied.
Deborah serves on the board of several non-profit organisations in South Africa that are involved in innovative work to meet the needs of children and young people.

Passionate About People Development PDF Print E-mail

Eric has been involved in community development, through CBOs and church and ecumenical agencies since the 1980s. He is passionate about connecting individuals and organisations with human and material resources for development.

Eric has served on the board of TREE (Training and Resources for Early Education) since 1991, providing key governance direction, financial management and contributing to content development of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes. TREE has become the largest provider of ECD programmes in South Africa. Eric currently chairs the board and tries to spread the message, said so clearly by Economist, James Heckman and others, that providing quality ECD brings the best possible returns on investment in education and training at any level.

Identity, Lifeskills and Ecotherapy PDF Print E-mail

iMEDIATE Identity Project

Mabusi is a facilitator for iMEDIATE's Identity Project. The project is being piloted in Wentworth, Durban, with children from the Jae Dance Academy, run by the Wentworth Organisation of Women. Since November 2006, iMEDIATE has run weekly workshops with the children to explore issues of identity, fashion, heritage and social issues in their communities. The project has given rise to a children’s clothing design initiative – Lukka Clothing – that led to the group being featured in the MTN Durban Fashion Week. Click here to read the Lukka story

South Coast Ecotherapy

Since 2004, Mabusi has been a volunteer facilitator for South Coast Ecotherapy, a Section 21 company, formerly known as the Wilderness Adventure Therapy Project. The organisation has 20 members who give generously of their time and expertise.
The objective is to curtail escalating levels of violence and abuse by facilitating the healing of trauma victims through Ecotherapy trails. The focus is on individuals – predominantly youth – to whom more formalised means of therapy are unavailable. Ecotherapy also aims to provide public education about the effects of trauma, to prevent secondary traumatisation and enable empathic intervention.

Crime Prevention, Youth and Young Couples PDF Print E-mail

Mxolisi is active in several programmes and networks in the Chesterville Township, Durban

Isikhathi seWashi Crime Prevention Organisation (ISCPO)

Isikhathi seWashi integrates ex-offenders when they come back from prison. It also supports families of offenders and ex-offenders to understand what offenders are going through. Isikhathi seWashi extends its services to schools, organised youth formations such as sports clubs, churches and the business community in the area. ISCPO’s strategy emphasises interaction between different sectors of society. This is done through counseling, workshops, drawing, drama, music, and sports and by organising cultural activities. The organisation also supports needy school children with basic schooling materials. Mxolisi is Deputy Chairperson of ISCPO.

Lukka Clothing PDF Print E-mail
Planning a Lukka Future

When 8 girls and boys from Wentworth stepped onto the runway at MTN Durban Fashion Week to dance with artist Jae iin outfits their group had designed, it was a dream come true - but just the start of a bigger dream.

The iMEDIATE Fashion and Identity Project aims to make children proud of who they are and where they come from, to celebrate and enhance their talents and create opportunities for a brighter future.

As part of the project, children from the Jae Dance Academy in Wentworth, Durban, are writing their own books and designing their own clothes.




The Lukka Concept

The dance group has its own up-coming designer and already has a brand name - Lukka Clothing.

Members of the dance group have come up with designs for their own 'traditional' outfits, drawings on elements of their unique and diverse heritage. In order to launch the brand, showcase the individual heritage designs and build support for the dance group and the identity project, the group is planning a Lukka future Fashion Show. There are lot of things to be put in place to make this possible and it can only be done through partnership.