April 19, 2014

Covering Poverty and Food Security, 22-23 April, Jhb

Withered bean plants: Farmers in the larger Nakuru area in Rift Valley province have experienced maize and beans crop failure in 2009 due to poor rainfall early in the year. © Jane Some/IRIN

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Workshop objectives

Covering Poverty, Food Security & Social Protection aims to increase and enhance news media coverage of poverty and poverty policy interventions in the Southern African Development Community region.

The workshop is an RHVP initiative, funded by the United Kingdom’s development agency, UKaid.

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is R600.00 excl VAT. Please return the registration form to Samkele Nkabinde at snkabinde@frayintermedia.com or contact her at +27 11 341 0767 to attend.

Download a Microsoft Word registration form to your computer, or a PDF version.

Directions

frayintermedia is in Suite 252 on the second floor of the Dunkeld West Centre, on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road. The Fournos bakery is in this centre. Click here for driving directions and a Google Map.


Withered bean plants: Farmers in the larger Nakuru area in Rift Valley province have experienced maize and beans crop failure in 2009 due to poor rainfall early in the year. © Jane Some/IRIN

Withered bean plants: Farmers in the larger Nakuru area in Rift Valley province have experienced maize and beans crop failure in 2009 due to poor rainfall early in the year. © Jane Some/IRIN

Food riots across Africa, sparked by the global economic crisis, have made food security the continent’s most pressing issue. Is your newsroom equipped to cover the issue quickly, intelligently and in depth?

Africa is home to three-quarters of the world’s “ultra-poor”. Food aid may solve their immediate hunger, but longer-term solutions are needed to bolster food security.

Sign up your journalists to the Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme’s two-day training workshop on Thursday and Friday 22-23 April in Dunkeld West, Johannesburg.

The Workshop will be facilitated by a veteran journalist who is also an experienced trainer. Journalists will receive coaching on writing stories. Interactive practical sessions will equip journalists to find, plan and write compelling stories on poverty and food security in future.

Programme Day 1

  • Introduction to covering poverty – plus film screening
  • Debate with local experts on how the media covers poverty
  • Introduction to the RHVP, social protection & cash transfers
  • A deeper look into poverty in South Africa and the region
  • Expert on local anti-poverty project
  • Interview opportunities with experts and facilitators

Programme Day 2

  • Generating poverty story ideas
  • Planning stories on poverty
  • Sourcing information on poverty and anti-poverty interventions
  • Questions & answers on the RHVP and anti-poverty interventions
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The workshops are offered in partnership with:

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Phuza Wize Meadowlands – Speakers’ backgrounds

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Dr Neo Morojele is the Deputy Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit of the Medical Research Council. She has experience in conducting substance abuse research in treatment, health, school, bar and community settings. She is currently involved in studies on alcohol and other drug use and HIV-related sexual risk behaviour. She also conducts research on adolescent substance use and foetal alcohol syndrome.

Dr Morojele received her first degree in Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe and then completed her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom (University of London and University of Kent at Canterbury). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Substance Use, and an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies.

Desmond Lesejane is the Deputy Director of Sonke Gender Justice Network with overall line responsibility for programmatic and operational issues. He is also an ordained minister and Dean in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern African where he is responsible for the supervision of fourteen ministers.

Desmond studied theology at the University of Natal and the University of South African where he obtained a Bth (Hons). He has worked in various positions for the South African Council churches at a strategic leadership level. He is also part of founding staff of the Moral Regeneration Movement. He served as the CEO of the Civil Society Secretariat that hosted the international civil society summit that ran parallel to the WSSD Summit held in Johannesburg.

Apart from having extensive leadership and management experience, he has facilitated processes in the social justice arena and has been part of major local and international civil society initiatives in this regard. This includes being of the People’s Budget Campaign and Jubilee 2000 campaigns, and participating in the World Council of Churches socioeconomic justice processes. As a theologian and social justice activist he has written and spoken widely on gender issues from the male perspective.

Agnes Shabalala is a seasoned social and behavioural sciences consultant with over ten years practical experience in HIV/AIDS, research, training, counselling and support. She has a passion for people’s well-being, empowerment and creation of systems to sustain education programmes. She conducted research, produced and co-produced several publications and made presentations at national and international conferences on a range of health topics.

Before she joined Soul City in 1997, she worked as an independent consultant, for UNAIDS/UNDP (Pretoria), where she conducted research on the establishment of project (GIPA) Greater Involvement for People Living with HIV/AIDS. She was also an associate in Sesame Street Research Program in Children’s Television Workshop, New York City.

She is currently employed as an Acting Research Manager, where she has managed a range of wellness programmes.

Dr Sue Goldstein is a medically qualified doctor who specialised in Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked in primary health care in Alexandra and Soweto for 10 years prior to specialising. She then became interested in health communication and health promotion and has worked as Community Education Manager at the Johannesburg City Council and at Soul City: Institute for Health and Development Communication since 1995.  She has co-authored a book on Health Promotion in South Africa, and taught Health Promotion and research over many years as an honorary lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. She has also been an external examiner for the University of the Cape Town.

Through working with Soul City Dr Goldstein has focused on the evaluation of the impact of Soul City and of health communication in general. She also has vast experience in communication around AIDS, having worked with both the Beyond Awareness campaigns and the Khomanani campaigns, as well as in communicating with children, though the development of the Soul Buddyz vehicle. As an individual she has always been concerned with social justice and was a founder editor of Critical Health as well as an active member of the NAMDA emergency medical services, an active member of the Progressive Primary Health Care Network and a board member of the PPASA. Dr Goldstein has presented papers at many National and International conferences.

Saint Madlala is the National President of the South Liquor Traders Association (SALTA), also the chairperson for Gauteng Liquor Traders Association statutory body that represent the liquor retail sector. He is also in the committee of the Liquor Charter in the industry of South Africa, representing the Liquor Caucus. He is the owner of a liquor wholesale distribution based in Soweto, Gauteng.

Phuza Wize round table: 3 March at Sedibeng in Meadowlands, Gauteng

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09:45-10:00

(15 mins)

REGISTRATION & TEA

10:00-10:15

(15 mins)

WELCOME

Birgit Schwarz (project director, frayintermedia)

10:15-10:30

(15 mins)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Phuza Wize: Why the need for this campaign?

Speaker: Dr Sue Goldstein (senior executive, Soul City Institute)

10:30-11:30

(1 hour)

SEMINAR 1:

Understanding the Link Between Violence and Alcohol Consumption

Expert: Dr Neo Morojele (deputy director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council)

Facilitator: Birgit Schwarz (project director, frayintermedia)

11:30-11:45

(15 mins)

TEA

11:45-12:30

(45 mins)

SEMINAR 2:

Mapping and sourcing stories on violence and alcohol consumption

Expert: Agnes Shabalala, (representative, Soul City Research Team)

Facilitator: Birgit Schwarz (project director, frayintermedia)

12:30 – 14:00

(1h30mins)

LUNCH & LAUNCH OF THE “PHUZA WIZE” CAMPAIGN

14:00-15:30

(1hr30mins)

Panel Discussion:

Phuza Wize: Are we a Nation of Violent Drinkers?

Facilitator: Ike Phaahla (talk show host, SAfm Midday Live)

Panelists:

Scientist: Dr Neo Morojele (deputy director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Resesarch Council) on key research findings and intervention strategies

Celebrity: Kabelo Mabalane, on his personal story of alcohol consumption and interpersonal violence

Machismo expert: Desmond Lesejane (deputy director, Sonke Gender Justice Network) on masculinity and alcohol consumption, masculinity and violence

Liquor trader: Saint Madlala (national president, South African Liquor Traders’ Association)

15.30-16:00

CLOSURE AND TEA

Phuza Wize round table: 1 March at the Rainbow in Pinetown KZN

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Phuza Wize_Dbn_Round Table_650pixwide

09:30-10:00

(30 mins)

REGISTRATION & TEA

10:00-10:15

(15 mins)

WELCOME

Michael Schmidt (managing director , frayintermedia)

10:15-10:30

(15 mins)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Phuza Wize: Why the need for this campaign?

Speaker: Dr Sue Goldstein (Soul City Alcohol Reduction and Violence Prevention Campaign Manager)

10:30-11:30

(1 hour)

SEMINAR 1: Understanding the Link Between Violence and Alcohol Consumption

Experts: Prof Charles Parry (director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council)

 Facilitator: Michael Schmidt (managing director, frayintermedia)

11:30-11:45

(15 mins)

TEA

11:45-12:45

(1 hour)

SEMINAR 2: 

Mapping and sourcing stories on violence and  alcohol consumption

Expert: Agnes Shabalala, (representative, Soul City Research Team)

Facilitator: Michael Schmidt (managing director, frayintermedia)

12:45 – 13:30

(45 mins)

LUNCH

13:30-15:30

(2 hrs)

Panel Discussion:

Phuza Wize: Are we a Nation of Violent Drinkers?

Facilitator: Kieno Kammies (talk show host, Talk Radio 702)

Panelists:  

Scientist: Prof Charles Parry (director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council) on key research findings and intervention strategies

Celebrities: Kabelo Mabalane (on his personal story of alcohol consumption and interpersonal violence)

                 Steve Hamilton (recovering alcoholic and author of the book I Want My Life Back) on his personal story of alcohol consumption and interpersonal violence)

Machismo expert: Mbuyiselo Botha (co-director, Sonke Gender Justice Network) on masculinity and alcohol consumption, masculinity and violence

Liquor trader: Saint Madlala (national president, South African Liquor Traders’ Association)

15.30-16:00

 CLOSURE AND TEA

 

 

 

 

 

Are we a nation of violent drinkers? Soul City launches Phuza Wize

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Whatever your answer, the available research paints a horrifying picture:

More than half of the victims of non-fatal and fatal violence test positive for alcohol in urban areas. Most violence-related deaths occur on Saturdays and Sundays, when binge drinking is common. Binge drinking is defined as having 5 or more drinks in a day. Alcohol is involved in nearly half of the cases of family violence.

Soul City is launching the Phuza Wize campaign to address the significant link between alcohol, violence and risky behaviour in South Africa.

Resources for journalists

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Presentation: Why and what of Phuza Wize campaign

 

 

 

 

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Presentation: Understanding the role of alcohol in communities, Soul City research

 

 

 

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Presentation: The link between alcohol and violence, Prof Parry of the MRC

 

 

 

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Review: Research on alcohol use, Medical Research Council (MRC) 

 

 

 

Phuza Wize kicked off with two round tables open to all interested parties in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal:

Monday 1 March at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown, Durban:

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Wednesday 3 March at Sedibeng Shebeen in Meadowlands, Soweto

Programme

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How violent are our drinking habits?

South Africans consume over 5 billion litres of alcoholic beverages per year according to a report by the Cape Town based Medical Research Council (MRC). This amounts to 120 litres per capita per year. Taking into account that many South Africans do not drink at all, the alcohol consumption of those who do is amongst the highest in the world.

As research has shown a significant link between alcohol, violence and risky behaviour, the Soul City Institute, renowned for its campaigns to create positive social change, has embarked on a campaign aimed at curbing violence and HIV infections by reducing alcohol consumption and promoting safe drinking places.

The campaign

Soul City has hired respected media consultancy frayintermedia to create greater public awareness for the campaign, its goals and issues through the media. The campaign, which begins in March in tandem with the launch of the TV drama Soul City 10 on SABC2, is part of a five-year programme to reduce access to alcohol and thus curb incidences of violence and risky behaviour in South Africa.

Some of the main aims of the campaign are to:
  • Reduce and restrict access to alcohol.
  • Promote the creation, accreditation and monitoring of safe drinking spaces.
  • Promote the creation of alcohol-free zones, such as primary and high schools.
  • Promote legislative and ethical compliance by liquor traders.
  • Increase community knowledge on the harmful effects of alcohol and its contribution to violent behaviour and HIV infection.

The role of the media will be critical if the campaign is to reach as many South Africans as possible through newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. The response by the media has been excellent so far, with several leading companies giving support to this important initiative and others set to join soon.

For the media

Soul City will offer its media partners several services to ensure informed reporting and discussion of the campaign messages:

  • Two Media Round Tables were hosted, one in Durban on March 1 and the other in Johannesburg on March 3, at which experts briefed invited journalists and lead discussion of the campaign along with local celebrities and shebeen owners.
  • A resource kit for journalists, to be distributed as a PDF, including briefing documents, research and story ideas.
  • A monthly PDF newsletter (March to June) focusing on topics related to the campaign.
  • A news and feature service which will provide selected media outlets with stories written by leading journalists.
Help us to change South Africa for the better by getting on board

To RSVP to this event email Samkele Nkabinde of frayintermedia on snkabinde@frayintermedia.com or call on 011 341 0767

Award-winning author Adam Hochschild and Prof. Anton Harber at the 2008 Narrative Journalism Conference

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frayintermedia’s Charmeela Bhagowat conducting TV interview training 2006

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frayintermedia’s Michael Schmidt advises the editor of a community newspaper in Alexandra 2009

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Delegates preparing media strategies at a 5-day “Communicating Women’s Rights” workshop 2006

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Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe at a 2008 public Journalism Dialogue on media and poverty

Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe at 2008 public Journalism Dialogue on "Does the media ignore the plight of the poor?"

Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe at 2008 public Journalism Dialogue on "Does the media ignore the plight of the poor?"