Soul City Series 6
The sixth Soul City Series is broadcast in 2003 on SABC 1 television and on all 9 of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) regional radio stations (Umhlobo Wenene; Ligwalagwala; Lesedi; Thala Phala; Motswideng; Thobela Fm; Ukhozi Fm; Ikwekwezi; Munghana Lonene FM). The print material produced by the project was distributed through 4 partner newspapers: Ilanga; Sowetan; Sunday Times and Die Burger.
The series also features a range of popular music carrying inspirational messages of hope and love for children. A CD of these songs accompanies the series’ broadcast.
The sixth series was sponsored by BP, Department of Health, EU, DIFD, Ireland Aid, Department of Education and Old Mutual.
The sixth Soul City series is made up of:
- A prime time television series – 13 half hour episodes)
- A daily radio drama – 60 fifteen minute episodes
- Booklets – 3 full colour booklets
- An advertising/publicity campaign which keeps people talking and thinking about Soul City
- An Advocacy Campaign to Ensure Children’s Rights to Social Security
- A CD of popular music
The sixth series of Soul City deals with the following issues:
- HIV and AIDS, with a focus on children infected and affected
- Adult Basic Education and Literacy
Evaluation is an essential part of the Soul City IHDC strategy. It helps determine impact and is important for accountability to the public as well as to funders. Lessons learned are fed back into the development of the IHDC’s future projects. All Soul City projects are independently evaluated.
Advocacy Campaign to Ensure Children’s Rights to Social Security
Soul City: IHDC is a co-founder and active member of the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS). ACESS is an alliance of about 200 organisations working to secure children’s rights to a better life through a comprehensive social security system.
74% of children in South Africa live in extreme poverty. As a result, these children are denied their basic constitutionally guaranteed rights to health, food, clothing, shelter and access to basic services. For these children this means a life of extreme hardship and poor health. 21,6% of children between the ages of 0-9 are starving and one out of every four children in South Africa is stunted due to malnutrition. The infant mortality rate is as high as 49/100 (average in SA). Poverty is fuelling the AIDS epidemic in South Africa and the AIDS epidemic is in turn deepening poverty.
Poverty places people at greater risk of acquiring HIV in many ways. Poverty and unemployment, force women into sex work and increase relationships of dependency, making women vulnerable to coercive sex. Single sex hostels, migrant labour, limited health and recreational facilities and lack of access to information all contribute to the spread of AIDS. Someone who is HIV positive and poor may not be able to eat well. This may make the person weak and can contribute to the person becoming sick with AIDS. Poor people usually do not have access to the adequate health care necessary for staying healthier longer. All this makes children vulnerable. It is estimated that by the year 2021 almost 2 million children will have lost one or more parents to AIDS. The infant mortality rate will double by 2010 and households will become poorer as more and more economically active adults become sick or die. Already children are losing out on their childhoods, taking care of sick parents or actually heading up the households themselves. Without an adequate social security safety net, these children are starving, getting ill and being forced to drop out of school.
Social security for all children is a constitutional right in South Africa and is a theme that cuts across all Soul City IHDC’s work. Without the necessary social security, the health of children is fundamentally compromised. For this reason, Soul City is actively involved in the ACESS campaign.