Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sustainability Conversations ... Amazing Women #WomensDay2016

Today, we celebrate the remarkable achievements and the tenacious spirits of the fearless females who continue to advocate for change, defy norms and stand up for what they believe.

Imagine over 20 000 women of all races and ages from every corner of South Africa marching together towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria. On 9 August 1956 these women were marching in protest against the pass laws that proposed even further restrictions on the movements of women.

Imagine women of all races marching to demand a better and sustainable future for the children of our children? Imagine women standing up and showing the world how we can unite as one nation and play our part in creating a more sustainable South Africa. Imagine a miracle like this happening in 2016? 

We would like to take this moment to pay tribute to all the women who have inspired us along the way in our journey - there are too many to name.

We dedicate today to you, the women who have supported iStart2 over the past five years, the warrior women who live far and wide around our beautiful country, South Africa. We salute every single one of you!

Today we pay special tribute to a woman who has, for many years, used her voice to draw attention to causes that will change the lives of millions. From ending apartheid to improving maternal and child health to issues impacting on the sustainability of our country and our people.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, we pay tribute to the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka:

“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. Yvonne, you are a testament to my belief. You have made all of South Africa proud to claim you as a national icon. You have motivated millions of women and men on our continent. Your generosity has benefited untold numbers of families and orphans facing the challenges of AIDS, terminal illness, abuse, poverty, and illiteracy. I know you will always make your indelible mark wherever you go, and with whatever you do. There is no stopping you! You will always be my Princess of Africa.”

iStart2 pays tribute to Yvonne on SowetoTV

Tim Modise chats to the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on SowetoTV on  Wednesday 10 August 2016 from 19h30 - 20h00.
Yvonne shares her journey as a woman in Africa, talks about her involvement in the recording of the iStart2Sing CD and her contribution to benefit people in Giyani by joining iStart2 in the distribution of solar lights to the community. 

Join us on The Tim Modise Show, #DSTV Channel 251 and Free-to-Air in Gauteng, with one of the most remarkable woman in South Africa.

The iStart2Sing (The Soul Of Africa) CD compilation combines in a wonderful and enlightening journey through a diverse South African musical landscape. Designed to capture South Africans imagination, the song embodies the iStart2 vision and urges us to ‘start too’ on a journey of self discovery and sustainability.

Yvonne encourages young artists to sing new songs, to write new poems, to paint new paintings about how we see a sustainable world and offers inspiration to young artists who also dream of following in her footsteps.

Everybody loves Yvonne! You will always be our Princess of Africa!

We have him back on the iStart2 Show this week! Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights activist and previously the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace. He is now the start-up director for the Africa Civil Society Initiative.

"It is time we speak together and decide what change we wish to see in our countries, across Africa and what we want Africa to be. For a long time now, others have been writing our story. Now is the time for us to take a brave step, a giant step for us and start writing (and telling) our own story – a story of a united Africa, at peace with prosperous and healthy people". - Kumi Naidoo .

Keitu Gwangwa & Pierre du Toit host the iStart2 Show on Thursdays at 17h30. Radio Today broadcasts on 1485 MW (AM) in greater Johannesburg and countrywide on ‪#‎DStv‬ audio channel 869. 


Radio Today also streams globally on www.1485.org.za. 

Happy Women’s Day 2016 South Africa
Peace and love.