Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Quiet Love - Fortune Madlala & Simon Manda

Are we hearing the silent voice? What is the difference between a mime and a sign language interpreter? What are the challenges that deaf people face in the world? What can we do to make a difference?

This week on the iStart2 Show we chatted to two people who have both feet in the world of persons with disabilities, Fortune Madlala and Simon Manda:

Fortune is a South African Sign Language(SASL) interpreter. Her love for interpretation for the deaf community has seen her have stints on YoTV and SHIFT on SABC 1, News in 60 Seconds on SABC 3 and SABC2 special broadcastings. She has interpreted for President Jacob Zuma during live broadcastings of the State of the Nation address, ANC centenary events for Deputy Presi­dent Kgalema Motlanthe and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela. She is the founder of Forch Communications and Projects - a media company that communicates deaf awareness and solutions.

Simon is the Editor of the first ever cross disability awareness newspaper in South Africa, THISABILITY Newspaper, Simon has got a massmedia approach to TV, radio, print and web platforms. He is involved in media, events and brand management. He currently sits on the Association of Independent Publishers(AIP) board and is Secretary of the Board at Forch Foundation - an NPO offering socio-economic services to the deaf community. He is very involved in disability initiatives where he works with Casual Day - the largest fundraising disability program in SA, I SEE YOU SA - a diversity project  and iStart2.

Simon Manda:" iStart2 Sign"
Fortune Madlala: " iStart2 create change in the deaf community"

To listen to the show (and the songs Quiet Love and Whales from the iStart2 cd) just click play:

Thought of the Day:

The iStart2 Show is broadcast at 17h30 on Radio Today 1485AM in Jozi, nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 869 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. The show is hosted by the beautiful Keitu Gwangwa and Pierre du Toit. You can listen every Monday at 17h30 and the show is repeated on Thursdays at the same time. Join us!