Tembisa, in Ekurhuleni was the host City, and City of Johannesburg also came to the party to witness this all important occasion.
The platform is for youth, about the youth- thus the movement is interactive and uses social media and local events so that young people have the space and opportunity to ask any questions relating to their health, sex, nutrition, chronic medication and relationships, etc.
Thapelo Yingwane (25) from Daveyton was part of the launch and says “I feel very important. Like I am a huge part of something big. I’ve always wanted to be amongst good doers in the community, and the AS’BANGENEcampaign has awarded me with that opportunity to be the face of the change I would like to see happen. It has helped me take responsibility for my actions.”
Another young woman who was involved with the development of AS’BANGENE, Thuli Moukangwe (26) from KwaThema who is living openly with HIV, said, “There are many challenges we are facing as young women living with HIV, I’m glad to be part of this movement and share my experiences to encourage other young people out there. I feel that advising young people on a healthy lifestyle would make a huge difference. I know I may not change the world but I believe I can change one life.”
Singer and presenter, Rorisang Thandekiso was the MC for the day, who seemed unperturbed by rainy weather- so were hordes of guests.
“I believe young people are always sold the future, rightfully so… but the question becomes what kind of future are they working towards? The big house and perfect job won’t mean anything if they are not in good health. We should be encouraged to pursue good health the same way we are encouraged to pursue wealth,” commented Rorisang.
AS’BANGENE is an initiative of The Aurum Institute in partnership with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Gauteng Department of Health and Ekurhuleni Municipality.
Community events will be held in Ekurhuleni and other cities for 2020 where locals will have access to health services such as testing for diabetes, HIV, TB and other health services.
Image SUPPLIED (Actress and singer Rorisang Thandekiso posing for photo with some of the youth’s at the launch in Tembisa).