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FOOTPRINTS (article first published : 2003-09-14)

M-Net's new television show, Footprints looks into the remarkable lives of those who are making a difference. The first episode will be broadcast on September 14 at 10h00.

Hosted by two remarkable women, Monique Strydom and Ayanda Nhlangothi, Footprints is sponsored by BOKOMO and broacast on M-Net. It is about real people (and some animals) and their inspiring and positive stories. The episodes are 30 minutes long and in the first programme, viewers will meet a number of inspiring people.

Corine McLintock is a former nursing sister and founder of Sparrow's Nest - a village for terminally ill adults and children who have nowhere else to go. Corine won the Mama Africa competition in 2002 - a competition that honours women's contribution to society.

Zachie Achmat was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the world's most 100 influential people. Himself HIV-positive, Zachie has been fighting the government's anti-retroviral policy, and has become one of South Africa's foremost activists.

Sam Machaea, a game ranger at Londolozi, has a gift for learning foreign languages. Having received very limited education, he has taught himself by interacting with the many overseas visitors that visit the Game Lodge.

Miriam Makeba - one of SA's most loved and incredible singers is a major figure in South Africa's struggle for equality. She recently opened the Makeba Rehabilitation Centre for Girls near Midrand and hopes to inspire future generations of disadvantaged young women to overcome their own sufferings and circumstances, and take control of their own lives.

"Everyday I meet people who change the lives of other people and those people are my heroes because they don't expect anything back, says Monique Strydom , explaining why she agreed to host the show. "Through Footprints we hope to give those people the recognition they deserve by letting others see what work they are doing. Only by realising that it is our responsibility to do something can we change the world."

Footprints is the brainchild of Executive Producer Mariette Cloete who believes people are tired of bad news and want to be exposed to stories about real people making their special mark against all odds. While people throughout the world live on a daily media diet of war, famine, disease and natural disasters, she believes there are positive stories to tell: "South Africans also need to be encouraged. Footprints will bring hope and inspire people," she said.




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