New Documentary Series People Passion Purpose set to inspire Mzansi

People Passion Purpose set to inspire Mzansi

TX: Sunday, 19 February 2017, 6:05PM

People Passion Purpose is a six-part series of inspirational regional documentaries. The home-grown series follows individuals across South Africa, as they tell their unique stories to a variety of filmmakers. The documentaries will air every Sunday, from 19 February 2017 at 6:05PM on e.tv and eHD

e-tv-logoe.tv has, over the past few years, aired rich and colourful documentaries some of which, received significant international recognition. The seasons were filled with extraordinary, informative and inspiring stories from around the country. One of the most extraordinary stories aired in 2015 was VenRap: Taking Hip Hop To The Streets. The documentary focused on 2 young Venda men, Oriel Makhokha and Fhululani Nemahunguni, who set up a digital radio station ‘Venrap Radio’ to help out up-and-coming Venda hip hop artists share their talents of rhyming and beat boxing in diverse languages of Limpopo.

People Passion Purpose will give Mzansi a chance to explore unexpected cultural developments across provinces including Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Free State and the Eastern Cape. Each show is produced by different filmmakers, focusing on different and unique elements of each province in an effort to shine a light on the way South Africa is growing, shifting and progressing.

“Documentaries are a supreme form of expression,” says Marlon Davids, MD at e.tv’s Channel Division. “e.tv provides a platform for ordinary South Africans to share their narratives. The return of People Passion Purpose highlights key facts and voices that inspire us broadly to identify challenges, create opportunities and drive change”.

One of the inspiring stories which forms part of the six-part series is titled The Rhyming Saint, produced by Thape Media in Mpumalanga. The documentary follows 23 year-old Nhlanhla Solomon Spencer AKA ‘Real Saint’, who grew up without parents. He and his producer made internationally-recognised music in a shack in the small mining town of Delmas. He is the first South African Christian gospel hip hop artist to have an album on iTunes.

Another intriguing documentary that viewers can look forward is titled Mbobozebeshu. In Northern KZN, there is a village known as Ingwavuma, where a 66 year old man refuses to sway with the ‘modern’ tidal wave. In Mbobozebheshu’s home, every house in the yard was built by him using mud, stones and beer bottles to decorate. Mbobozebheshu claims that the government refused to build him an RDP home because according to the map, he seems to fall on the Swaziland border therefore he cannot receive water or electricity from the SA government.

Catch more intriguing stories on People Passion Purpose, starting Sunday, 19 February 2017 at 6:05PM on e.tv
Synopses

19 February 2017,6:05PM
KZN – Blood Family
Johan Volsteed is a former principal of Grey College in Bloemfontein – named ‘the best school in Africa’ – whose life and views have been shaped by his decision to get involved with struggling township schools after retirement and his relationship with two young women he met and ‘adopted’ in the process. The two young ladies were both shaped by almost unbearable experiences in their youth that threatened to forever destroy their faith in men, but with the support of this unconventional father figure, they are on their way to achieving success in two very different fields.

26 February 2017,6:05PM
KZN – Sweet Success
A story of a group of extraordinary women in KwaZulu-Natal who, despite poverty, cultural barriers and a series of tests from Mother Nature, have become successful sugar cane growers. We will track the stories of 4 Zulu Sugar Baronesses who have inspired and supported each other in a world traditionally dominated by men.

5 March 2017,6:05PM
Port Elizabeth – Breaking The Habit
Professional break dancer Cheslyn Meyer takes viewers on a journey through his community, gang violence and substance abuse-plauged Schauderville in Port Elizabeth. After losing his mother to cancer and having to drop out of University, Cheslyn turned to a dance style known as ‘B-boying’, which is a form of breakdance. He excelled and it has afforded him opportunities such as representing SA internationally. He now provides hope and refuge to the youth of his community through the organisation Genoeg is Genoeg (Enough is Enough).

12 March 2017,6:05PM
KZN – Mbobozebeshu
In Northern KZN is a village called Ingwavuma, where 66 year-old Mbobozebheshu lives the life that he believes his forebears lived. Every house in his yard was built using mud and stones and decorated with beer bottles. Mbobozebheshu claims that the government refused to build him a RDP home because, according to the map, he seems to fall on the Swaziland border and therefore is not entitled to receive water or electricity, supplied by the SA government.

19 March 2017,6:05PM
Free State – Wheel and Dealing
While on holiday in Port Elizabeth, Jared Mclntyre went scuba diving and ended up with spinal cord injuries that left him unable to walk. After extensive counselling, Jared, still in his mid-20’s, accepted his wheelchair- bound status. He came across a sport called Wheelchair Rugby and formed a team called The Mustangs in Bloemfontein, with fellow paraplegic people from all walks of life, different races and both sexes. The Mustangs Wheelchair Rugby Club not only competes in the SA Wheelchair Rugby League but has adopted a local underprivileged school for disabled children, who join The Mustangs on weekends to participate in the sport.
26 March 2017,6:05PM
Mpumalanga – The Rhyming Saint
Poverty-stricken and raised without the love of parents, 23 year-old Nhlanhla Solomon Spencer, AKA ‘Real Saint’ seemingly had the odds stacked against him and he seemed set to inherit a life of perpetual want. But he had a dream – and without advanced equipment, he and his producer made internationally-recognised music in a shack in the sleepy mining town of Delmas. He is the first Christian gospel hip hop artist to have an album on iTunes, and the first to be nominated for awards.

Viewers will get the opportunity to watch in HD quality on eHD on OpenView HD

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