Below are a selection of videos depicting aspects of SaveAct's work.
Mrs Ellen Moloi from Obonjaneni, Bergville, who spoke at the first KZN Financial Literacy Conference held in Pietermaritzburg in July 2012. For a written transcript of Mrs Moloi's presentation, click here.
Watch some of SaveAct's Savings and Credit Group members using Photo Voice to tell their own stories about how their involvement in SaveAct-led groups has helped to improve their daily lives.
Fair Stories from South Africa: working with hybrid models of development
Mrs Sibongile Madonda
Mrs Ntombifuthi Khumalo
LEAP, Eastern Cape: Mrs Lerato Tlali
In July last year, Mrs Lerato Tlali, the subject of the video clip below, became one of those who succumbed to complications and secondary infections, such as tuberculosis, which often attend an HIV infection. This was despite her being for a lengthy period on an antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme.
In 2009, it was estimated by UNAIDS that there were 5.7 million people living with HIV in South Africa – around 11% of the national population. Estimates put the number of deaths from AIDS in 2008 at 250,000. More women than men are infected with HIV. After some delays in the national rollout of ARVs in the first half of the past decade, treatment is now more widely available through the South African public health care system. However, stigma surrounding the disease still exists and many people seek help only after the illness has reached an advanced stage, thereby reducing the chances of a successful response to the drugs. Widespread poverty in South Africa also means that many people with HIV/Aids live in conditions which are not conducive to achieving maximum good health.
Mrs Tlali had been receiving treatment for HIV for some time. However, towards the end of her life, she contracted tuberculosis which remained largely untreated. It was this oversight which ultimately caused her premature death.
Mrs Tlali’s colleagues in the Masangane Treatment programme, which works in partnership with SaveAct, facilitating the running of Savings and Credit Groups through the platform of HIV/AIDS support groups, referred to her as a 'soul buddy'. As early as 2004, when South Africa’s own unique brand of AIDS denialism and stigmatisation was arguably at its peak, Mrs Tlali worked tirelessly to help identify those suffering from HIV and offer them support them in disclosing their status and accessing treatment.
Nokhanyo Mswewu, co-ordinator of the Masangane programme in Matatiele, said Mrs Tlali offered support group members the use of her house to start a poultry project. “She had passion; she dedicated herself and she told us she would feed, clean and take all responsibility fo the neighbour who was also helped by her to start ARVs.”
In the following video footage. Mrs Tlali uses her own words to tell the story of her involvement with Masangane and SaveAct. It reflects her keen understanding of the value of both organisations in securing health and wellbeing, and in achieving sustainable livelihoods.
It also reflects her major contribution to extending the reach of these organisations in her community. Finally, it reflects her vitality and commitment to life and people.
Mrs Tlali’s death has come as a shock to everyone who knew her. We hope that this footage goes some way towards allowing her substantial legacy to live on in the Eastern Cape and beyond.
Hamba Kahle Lerato Tlali.
Watch the following video about SaveAct, which was commissioned by our funding partner, the Vesper Society.