MaAfrika Tikkun teams up with Miss SA and loveLife to tackle teen pregnancy

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With rates of teenage pregnancy unacceptably high in South Africa, MaAfrika Tikkun is partnering with Miss SA 2010 Bokang Montjane & loveLife to educate, engage and empower youth to take control of their reproductive health and futures.

MaAfrika Tikkun – an NGO working towards the transformation of South African communities by empowering  vulnerable children and orphans in townships – will be the tackling the problem of teen pregnancy with the support of Miss South Africa, Bokang Montjane. Having seen the detrimental, disempowering effects of pregnancy on young women’s lives, Montjane has become a passionate campaigner about teen pregnancy, and will spreading the message in several schools and community centres in Gauteng.

“If teen pregnancy is not discussed, girls will get pregnant, and say nobody told them it was a bad idea. The reason teens are getting pregnant is because their parents were teenage mothers themselves, and did not know how to explain sex to them. It is therefore our responsibility as an NGO focused on empowering children in deprived communities to reach their full potential, to do so,” says Rita Mkwanazi, MaAfrika Tikkun Project Manager at the Arekopaneng centre in Orange Farm.

“Life is about planning ahead, so if we don’t plan for parenthood, we will always be dependent on other people and unable to break out of the cycle of poverty. It is not good to keep on being helpless – we have to take responsibility for our lives.”

Through the initiative, Montjane will be speaking about teen pregnancy – and the pressures of growing up as a young person in South Africa today – to participants in MaAfrika Tikkun’s Youth Development programme at the organisation’s Wings of Life Centre in Diepsloot (13 April), Arekopaneng in Orange Farm (14 April) and Phutaditjaba in Alexandra (19 April).

MaAfrika Tikkan plans to reach hundreds of youth through this initiative, providing them with not only a powerful role model to look up to in the form of Miss SA 2010, but also interactive platforms  and material to help them prevent early unplanned pregnancy .

The organisation is therefore partnering with loveLife – SA’s largest HIV prevention programme for youth, with more than 10 years experience working with youth to bring down rates of HIV, STIs and teen pregnancies through outreach and youth development programmes.

“We are thrilled to be on board this project,” says Shumikazi Kwinana, loveLife Director for Field Services. “Besides offering our expertise in the form of trained counsellors and informational brochures at the workshops, our most powerful assets are our peer educators, or groundBREAKERs. These young people will be facilitating dialogues with the learners to discuss their experiences of teen pregnancy in youth-friendly formats. This is important to help youth personalise their risk and become agents of change in their own lives and communities – or at least have the self-belief they need to navigate the circumstances that put them at risk of early pregnancy.

Adds Amanda Blankfied, Marketing Manager for MaAfrika Tikkun: “We are confident that this will be the start of two long and successful partnerships we can take to greater heights in the year ahead.”

To attend one of these workshops or arrange an interview, please contact:

Amanda Blankfield
Marketing Manager
MaAfrica Tikkun
011 325 5914
amanda@maafrikatikkun.org.za

Esther Etkin
Communications Manager
loveLife
011 523 1000
eetkin@lovelife.org.za

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About MaAfrika Tikkun

MaAfrika Tikkun is a non-governmental non-profit organisation that works toward the transformation of South African communities by caring for vulnerable children and orphans in townships. MaAfrika Tikkun registered as a Black Economic Empowerment company in 2006 and we have a multiracial and multicultural team. We foster empowerment by providing holistic services focused on caring for children ranging from one year to 19 years of age, as well as their guardians. For more info, visit: http://www.maafrikatikkun.org.za

About loveLife

loveLife promotes healthy, HIV-free living among South African teenagers. Organised under the auspices of the New loveLife Trust, loveLife combines a sustained high-powered multi-media campaign with nationwide community-level outreach and support programmes for youth. loveLife’s programmes are implemented by a national youth volunteer service corps known as groundBREAKERS and mpintshis in partnership with more than 200 community-based non-government organisations, 5600 schools and 470 government clinics across South Africa. Major funding for loveLife is provided by the South African Government and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Avis, Barloworld, BMW, DED (German Development Service), Dewey & Le Boeuf, Independent Newspapers, Jumpstart, Mondi Shanduka, Murray & Roberts, Rapport, Royal Bafokeng Holdings, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Ster-Kinekor, Tone Digital and the Vodacom Foundation. For more information visit www.lovelife.org.za or www.facebook. com/loveLifeNGO, twitter: loveLifeNGO or call 0800 121 900.

About Bokang Montjane

Bokang Montjane was crowned Miss SA 2010 in December last year. The 24 year old beauty runs a modeling and confidence school based in Auckland Park called Bokang Legacy. She has a diploma in Public Relations Management and her hobbies include; singing, reading motivational books and going to the movies. Bokang was Miss Teen Limpopo 2004, Miss UJ 2006, Face of Fashion Eastgate 2010 and Miss Rivonia 2010.  Since her crowning Bokang has made her presence felt as a true philanthropist. This has seen her partner with various organizations in attempt to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. These include; raising funds for the Aid for Japan campaign and Shout SA, she works with the Teddy Bear clinic in creating awareness around child abuse and helps support Reach for a Dream initiatives throughout the country but the most demanding of her philanthropic deeds is the work she continues to do with MaAfrika Tikkun in combating teenage pregnancy in South African schools.  Earlier this year the Ministry of Sports and Recreation endorsed her as one of the ambassadors to help rally the nation round national sports teams. This is the beginning of greatness and South Africa has not seen the last of this beauty. Follow Miss SA on Twitter – www.twitter.com/Official_MissSA or read the Miss SA blog – http://blog.misssa.co.za.

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