As we enter the festive season and many children will be enjoying their school holidays and looking forward to starting a new grade in the new year, many other children have been severely impacted by the extended lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the devastating looting that happened in July this year. In this exclusive interview, Gareth Cliff talks to Dr Tshepo Motsepe, South Africa’s First Lady and Patron of the Early Care Foundation, who shares her thoughts and passion about the importance of early care for children. The Early Care Foundation is an organisation dedicated to increasing access to early childhood development in disadvantaged areas, through upskilling women and providing support for home-based creches.

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It has been a really tough year for many of us, so the team talks to Cassey Chambers from SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) about mental health - find out how SADAG helps people over the holidays, and get some tips on how to look after your mental health during this time.

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Pt 2 - Meet Ntokozo Khumalo from Impilo Foundation. She shares with us some of the amazing work they do with young girls in and around the East Rand of Johannesburg. The Impilo Foundation focuses not only on helping them for a moment, but changing their whole mindset... and hopefully their whole lives.

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Since it’s 16 Days of Activism, the team have a candid conversation about the harsh reality of gender-based violence in our country.

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Pt 2 - Meet Michee Atatala, a young Congolese man living in South Africa and giving back to his community in Turrfontein. Lebang Kgosana chats to Michee about his journey of giving homeless children a purpose, after being inspired by the late rapper, Nipsey Hussle. Michee takes matters into his own hands by teaching these children some new skills.

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Lesley Ann Van Selm joins the team to talk about her multi award-winning NPO, Khulisa Social Solutions. They delve into what gets her interested in working in an industry that’s so demanding, collaborations with other organisations, and how to get involved in supporting their initiative.

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Pt 2 - "We are not victims, we are survivors." Lebang Kgosana speaks to Onthatile Mokoena, as she brings us into the world of SHOUT-IT-OUT and the wonderful work they do for survivors of gender-based violence, and the education of young women and children around healthcare and HIV/AIDS.

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A lot of social problems start in the household, mostly from broken homes. The team chat to Charley Pietersen - author, inspirational speaker, life coach, and facilitator at the Growing Up without a Father South Africa Foundation. They engage in a candid conversation about fatherless households, and the process of reconciling a child and father.

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Pt 2 - Lebang Kgosana is joined by Refilwe Pieterse, as she shares her journey on giving children the ability to be there for themselves - no matter the hurdles.

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Pt 1 - How can we improve the mindset of the young black mind? Great Poroza has some answers! Lebang Kgosana speaks to Thato Moatlhodi, who challenges all the norms - from the way school is run, to gender norms... teaching the children today the skills of tomorrow.

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