Bantu NightingalesNursing is an essential service, and yet there is currently a severe shortage of nurses worldwide.
If this is not changed soon, developing countries will feel the effects more acutely as nursing will increasingly become available only to those who can afford it.
This story will be told in tracking the history of black nurses in South Africa, who are now joining the nursing ranks at a much slower pace than is needed, and whose services are in much demand around the world.
Partners in the project are the National Film and Video Foundation, The University of the Western Cape Nursing School, and the Eve Ensler Grant.
The African Native Choir Jubilee Tour (1891-1893)This is the phenomenal story of the African Native Choir, which was assembled by an erstwhile promoter Mr. Balmer in 1891 in South Africa among missionary educated blacks, specifically to perform for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations.
They performed for two and a half years in many parts of England, Scotland and Ireland. The tour was not particularly successful, leading to much stress and drama, but two of the women singing in the group grew to leave an indelible mark on South Africa.
Katie went on to become an assistant to Dr. McCord and helped him when he founded the McCord Hospital in Durban, while Charlotte (Maxeke) went on to become an educator and an ANC activist after further education in the United States of America (Tuskegee and Wilberforce).
A hospital wing is dedicated to Katie Makhanya in Mc Cord Hospital, and the second biggest hospital in Johannesburg is now called Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.
S’kheberesh (Slut)A feature film (fiction) about a township woman who comes into her sexual maturity in a hostile patriarchal environment.
The Thenx Ladies“The Thenx Ladies” are four African women who met while studying Performance Art at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in 2007.
They are: Boitumelo Tumy Motsoatsoe, MoMo Matsunyane, Keitumetse Moepang and Zethu Dlomo.
These young, phenomenal, societally aware and diversely talented ladies strive to produce work that will continue to inspire South Africans to engage in conversations regarding what affects them most, be it emotionally, politically, or socially through the use of satirical sketch comedy.
At first the group served as a ‘purging’ platform of their day-to-day experiences of school, family and friendships.
The group was until asked to prepare for the comedy homework in their third year that the ladies realized that their style, content of work and the effect it had on the audience, actually served a bigger purpose than just entertainment.
The Thenx ladies aim to hold up a critical mirror to society, to ask relevant questions, to debate and to offer a platform for dialogue.
Over the years, the THENX ladies have devised and performed different sketch comedy shows dealing with various issues including image dilemmas and pressures of the arts industry.
They have performed at the Platform, Joburg Theatre (Space.com) and the Soweto Theatre. Through their cultural capital, they appeal to the majority and minorities of the country in an honest, funny and open way and therefore aim to share their work with more audiences across South Africa. THENX BATHONG!