Promoting Constitutional Awareness with Play Your Part Ambassador Sihle Ndaba

Promoting Constitutional Awareness with Play Your Part Ambassador Sihle Ndaba

The social impact documentary film ‘Sisters of the Wilderness’ [Video] starts principal photography this May in the iMfolozi wilderness, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s oldest game reserve. It tells the story of five young underprivileged women on a life-changing wilderness journey.

‘Sisters of the Wilderness’, which started shooting in 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, takes a fresh and unusual look at human and Nature interconnectedness and the power of wilderness to empower young people and develop a new type of leadership based on compassion and respect.

The passion project of London based, Ronit Shapiro, Founder of One Nature Films, will tell the story of a group of young women from disadvantaged background who aspire to elevate themselves beyond challenging life conditions and become a force for good in their communities. They embark on a life-changing journey, within and without, into the wilderness of Zululand where they experience true wild Nature for the first time.

“A journey into wilderness is an intense experience where one can expect to undergo a personal transformation. It can enhance personal growth and leadership development; and it is also a soulful experience that has the capacity to heal…” says project’s creator and producer Ronit Shapiro who experienced it herself on a wilderness trail few years ago.

The women will walk and sleep in big game country, totally surrounded by free roaming wild animals such as elephants, rhinos and lions. Exposed to the elements, and carrying on their back all they need for the journey, they will have to cope with emotional and physical challenges, and learn the practical skills of survival in the wilderness.

Women’s empowerment and leadership development; and the value of wilderness to our wellbeing are observed through the individual and collective stories of the women and their guides.

The film’s location, the iMfolozi Wilderness in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is home to one of the biggest rhino population in Africa. “I chose this location to highlight the plight of the rhino whose numbers keep plummeting due to the illegal hunting for its highly-value horn; and the threat to this unique wilderness area and the surrounding rural communities from intensive mining.

This is a place which has so much potential to enrich us but at the same time it is greatly vulnerable and threatened by man’s greed and his forces of destruction.”

The project which has a long term social impact vision aims to re-connect audiences with Nature in the light of the growing disconnection between man and Nature; and the deteriorating state of the planet. The global impact plan includes the development of a multi-platform immersive audience engagement experience which will combine an interactive website, app, virtual reality and a multi-media art installation.

Whilst locally in South Africa, Ronit is working closely with schools and organisations that work in areas related to the wellness of people and the environment to develop interactive community engagements and screenings. In addition, each one of the young women will have a twelve months mentorship and leadership development program beyond the film with the goal of creating a positive ripple effect which will benefit their families and communities.  This is Mrs Shapiro’s debut documentary after a career change she embarked on few years ago. “I bring to the project many years of marketing and project management experience; and my deep passion for the wellness of people and the environment. There is a wonderful committed team working with me on the project and we all have faith in this timely and important story.”

Ronit has recently launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise money to cover the costs of the social impact elements of the project and to build relationships with potential audiences. “We are delighted to collaborate in this campaign with many like-minded organisations and businesses who work across a wide range of environmental, community upliftment and women empowerment projects. We are honoured to have amongst our collaborators: The Bateleurs, The Mantis Collection, Thula Thula Game Reserve, The Wilderness Leadership School, Zuza Trading, Africa Ignite, In the Company of Horses, Royal Gypsy, Fezufunda and Planet Afryca .”  “By supporting our Indiegogo campaign one can make a real difference to young women’s lives and help us revive Nature in people’s imagination.”

For additional information about ‘Sisters of the Wilderness’ please follow this link: INDIGOGO

Contact: Ronit Shapiro, Producer – ‘Sisters of the Wilderness’ / Founder – One Nature Films on tel: +44 (0)7971 196446

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NOTES:

About One Nature Films:

One Nature Films is a social impact film production company based in London, UK, founded by Ronit Shapiro in 2011. Our vision is to create engaging high quality films that inspire, connect and make a difference. We believe in the power of film to make social and environmental impact. One Nature Films has a deep-rooted passion for the environment, the natural world and human society. Our name ‘One Nature’ reflects our belief in the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness of all things. We strive to be ethical and socially responsible. One Nature, beyond film-making, is a social enterprise focused on the wellness or people and the environment. Our aim is to bring about social impact in any project we develop.

About Ronit Shapiro:

Ronit’s career spans more than twenty years in marketing, communications, event production and project management. Ronit headed global marketing and branding projects in both public and private organisations and had her own event and marketing consultancy which focused on initiatives relating to the wellbeing of people and the environment. In 2011 Ronit founded One Nature Films with a vision to create high quality social impact films. She is a self-taught filmmaker and gained experience as an independent producer, executive producer, researcher, screenwriter and director whilst working on the adaption of the book ‘Zulu Wilderness: Shadow and Soul’ by Dr. Ian Player into a narrative feature film. The ‘Sisters of the Wilderness’ documentary and social impact project is a natural progression from ‘Zulu Wilderness’ and carries similar themes and messages. It is also set in the same location. Ronit conceived the project and drives it forward.

Wilderness Leadership School

The Wilderness Leadership School was the first non profit organisation in Africa dedicated to providing a pure wilderness experience for people of all backgrounds, races and nationalities. Steeped in a rich environmental history, The Wilderness Leadership School was founded in 1957 by the legendary Dr Ian Player who, together with his friend and mentor Maqgubu Ntombela, recognised the necessity for people to connect with the environment. Today The Wilderness Leadership School continues to provide an educational experience to thousands of South African youth and overseas visitors.

MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY WELCOMES NEWLY APPOINTED BRAND-SA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY WELCOMES NEWLY APPOINTED BRAND-SA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu and Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya welcomed the newly appointed Board of Trustees of Brand South Africa as appointed by the President, in terms of the Trust Deed of the Brand South Africa Trust, at the Union Buildings today.

The Board is appointed for a period of three years, effective from 13 November 2019 to lead and oversee the work of Brand SA in developing and implementing proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa.

The Board consists of persons who, viewed collectively, possess knowledge and expertise in marketing, communications, tourism, investment promotion, research and development, law, risk management, finance, corporate governance, leadership, community development, business management, academics and reputation management. The newly appointed Board of Trustees are:

1.      Ms Thandi Tobias – Chairperson of the Board
2.      Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng – Deputy Chairperson
3.      Ms Loretta Jacobus;
4.      Prof Yiva Rodny-Gumede;
5.      Ms Rachel Kalidass;
6.      Ms Muditambi Ravele;
7.      Dr Stavros Nicolaou;
8.      Mr Mlungisi Johnson;
9.      Mr Bushang Modipane;
10.  Mr Johannes Sebulela;
11.  Ms Tebogo Mamorobela;
12.  Ms Sisanda Bukeka Nkoala; and
13.  Mr Andrew Madella.

In welcoming the Board, Minister Mthembu reaffirmed the confidence Government has in the collective skills, wisdom and experience of the Board of Trustees in repositioning our National Brand for local and foreign direct investment, tourism and trade in order to achieve greater global competitiveness.

The Minister also emphasized the need for ethical leadership. “Brand South Africa should be exemplary in applying the principles of good corporate governance. It should be a shining example in this regard. It is with that example, that Brand SA “#ThumaMina” programmes like “Play Your Part” will bring confidence back into the brand South Africa” he said.

The Minister further stated that the Board needs to focus on bringing about stability at the entity, chief among which is dealing with leadership and management challenges, fill vacancies, an urgent need to address staff morale in order to bring stability in the organisation. “More focus is needed in improving corporate governance, compliance with the relevant laws and ensuring that the financial results improve. We need to be exemplary and achieve a clean audit”, he added.

Media enquiries: Nonceba Mhlauli, Spokesperson to the Minister in the Presidency on  0726233462/ nonceba@dpme.gov.za

Issued by: The Minister in the Presidency

Brand South Africa welcomes the newly appointed Board of Trustees

Brand South Africa welcomes the newly appointed Board of Trustees

Brand South Africa welcomes the newly appointed Board of Trustees for the organisation as appointed by His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa. In terms of the Trust Deed, the Board is appointed for a period of three years, effective from 13 November 2019.

These appointments come after a call for nominations for members to serve on the Board as advertised in August 2019.

Brand South Africa is a Schedule 3A public entity and a Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act, No. 57 of 1988 to develop and implement proactive and coordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa.

On Monday 18 November, Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu and Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya welcomed the Trustees. Today the Board of Trustees met with employees and engaged with Brand South Afrifca’s Executive Management Team.

“We are truly honoured to have such a diverse and well-versed Board who will bring the required expertise to Brand South Africa, and we look forward to working collaboratively with them. This journey is one that will ensure that the mandate set out for Brand South Africa is fulfilled, in line with President Ramaphosa’s vision of rebuilding South Africa for a prosperous future. This includes reviving the image and identity of South Africa to position the Nation Brand as not only the destination of choice for investment, but also as a global competitor”, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thulisile Manzini.

The newly appointed Trustees were selected for their business acumen and expertise in the areas of marketing, communications, tourism, investment promotion, research development, law, risk management, finance, corporate governance, leadership, community development, business management, academics and reputation management.

The newly appointed Trustees are:

  1. Ms Thandi Tobias – Chairperson of the Board
  2. Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng – Deputy Chairperson
  3. Ms Loretta Jacobus;
  4. Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede;
  5. Ms Rachel Kalidass;
  6. Mr Mlungisi Johnson;
  7. Mr Bushang Modipane;
  8. Mr Johannes Sebulela;
  9. Ms Tebogo Mamorobela;
  10. Ms Sisanda Bukeka Nkoala;
  11. Mr Andrew Madella.Three Board Trustees will be returning for another term.
  1. Ms Muditambi Ravele;
  2. Dr Stavros Nicolaou;
  3. Mr Geoff Rothschild

“I am humbled to have been called forward to take up this mammoth task to serve our country towards its aspired glory that showcases our global competitiveness. We also would like the nation to stand behind this brand called South Africa and support the narrative of a country that inspires new ways. This Board brings with it diverse expertise that will certainly cultivate the organisations’ strategic positioning, whilst ensuring we also contribute to the national key priorities for our country”, said Ms Thandi Tobias – Chairperson of the Board.

Ms Tobias matriculated at Phiritona Secondary school and obtained an advanced diploma in Economic Policy from the University of the Western Cape. She also attained a Certificate in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA, as well as a Certificate in Leadership Communication from Rhodes University. Her career spans from being a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, responsible for international trade, and Deputy Director Youth Development (Department of Tourism Economic and Environmental Affairs) DTEEA and various Portfolio Committees to mention but a few.

Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng – the Deputy Chairperson, holds an MBA and PhD (Management Sciences) degrees. He is also a Harvard University Senior Executive Fellow and completed an Executive Development Programme from Wharton University and an Africa Director Programme at Stellenbosch University. He holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Certificate in Applied Project Management from Milpark Business School.

Notes to the Editor

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

About Play Your Part

Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.

Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.

For enquiries or interview requests contact Ntombi Ntanzi ntombin@brandsouthafrica.com or 064 890 6819