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#TuesdayTakeOver: Thulani Madondo

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Guest: Thulani Madondo, Executive Director  - Kliptown Youth Program

He is the co-founder and current executive director of the Kliptown Youth Program, A South African youth development organisation created to help young people from the informal settlement of Kliptown and surrounding communities. Thulani himself was born in a one-room shack in Kliptown without electricity or running water, so he understands the challenges facing the youth of Kliptown. The youth program was born of a vision shared by Madondo and a small group of friends 14 years ago — to start an initiative that would help lift their community out of poverty through education — has seen KYP grow into an internationally recognised project with multiple uplifting arms. The programme provides meals for children, support with school fees, after-school care as well as educational help and tutoring to about 400 disadvantaged children from the Kliptown area.

 

Guest 1: Virginia Magwaza – Managing Director for Parents, Families and Friends of South African Queers

 

She is a South African social justice, black feminist activist and human rights activist who has been involved in different social justice struggles locally and internationally. Her involvement in socio-economic rights issues, environmental justice, workers’ rights, women’s and LGBTIQ+ rights, etc has been highly significant. She has vast experience working in donor organisations focusing on the Southern African region with organisations and groups working on women's issues, trade unions, human rights and LGBTIQ+ issues. She is currently formally employed in the Office of the Premier in Gauteng as the Deputy Director on the LGBTIQ+ Desk. She is a founder of an organisation known as Parents, Families & Friends of South African Queers- PFSAQ, which mobilises queer people's parents, families and allies into becoming public advocates for dignity, equality and social inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people within the society. She is the 2021 Queer Parenting Feather Awards winner, life, group and relationship coach, a well-known campaigner, public speaker and organiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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