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FOOTPRINTS (article first published : 2003-12-20)

Monique Strydom and Amanda Nlhangothi will present the eighth episode of Footprints on M-Net on December 21. Sponsored by BOKOMO it is an inspirational show that takes a glance at the lives of phenomenal people who are taking a positive stance on life.

The December 21 episode features the following people and their inspiring stories:

Moira Winslow’s life was irreversibly altered in 1985 when she lost her daughter (28), son (13) and two grandchildren (2 and 4) in a horrific car accident. Because of this tragedy, she has spent the last almost 20 years promoting road safety. Through her efforts, DRIVE ALIVE was born and is the only non-profit organisation involved in road safety in South Africa.

On December 9, 1989, Gaynor Young fulfilled her dreams when she made her debut as Guinevere in the lavish musical Camelot at the State Theatre in Pretoria. During her performance, she fell 18 meters into an unmasked lift shaft. Instead of giving up on life, Gaynor learnt a very valuable lesson, that “you must never write yourself off”.

Janice Honeyman is the director of many successful productions ranging from the great classics to plays reflecting deep social issues, from bawdy comedies to the best of contemporary hits from Broadway and the West End. She is also the director of the annual Christmas Pantomime in Johannesburg. Her work has also taken her abroad where she was invited by the Royal Shakespeare company to direct Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the Celebrate South Africa Festival.

Soweto Gospel Choir: David Mulovhedzi and Associate Producer Beverly Bryer approached and auditioned many local community and church groups in and around Soweto and discovered an amazing wealth of talent – The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November 2002! The 34 member choir sing in six of the 11 languages – a wonderful blend of traditional African Gospel and modern Western spirituals. The songs, music and movement in their performances are the result of a warm and giving collaboration between all members of the choir.

April 2003 saw the choir go on a six-week tour to Australia and New Zealand, where they performed at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall. In August 2003, they performed at the Edinburgh Festival to sell-out shows and standing ovations. The Choir firmly believes that Gospel music carries the spirit that heals a broken soul.

Footprints is the brainchild of Producer Mariette Cloete, who believes that South Africans need to be exposed to positive real life stories about people who make a difference in others’ lives despite tremendous odds. Highlights of the programme will be screened on Thursdays just before the movie at 20h00.

Footprints is screened on December 21 at 10h00 on M-Net.




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