Start learning the soccer-based moves of South Africa’s diski dance and you’ll start feeling the rhythm of African football – and the energy and passion that’s in store for the world at the 2010 Fifa World Cup!Videos produced by South African TourismSee also: SA Tourism’s Diski Dance TV advertDiski Dance demonstrationThe full workout:Diski Dance lessonThe full sequence clarified. Remember, though: it’s about diski (South African township lingo for “soccer”), so you should feel free to add your own moves, and create your own routines.Diski Dance move 1Lift up the ball: a closer look at the opening move. The videos that follow focus on other selected moves – but not in full or exact sequence.Diski Dance move 2Use your head!Diski Dance move 3Table Mountain (in other words, make your back flat!)Diski Dance move 4Release, hold, kick the ball!Diski Dance move 5Skip over and pass the ball (and let someone else do some work. Phew!)
A good story has the power to mesmerise, and by tapping into this power Nal’ibali hopes to transform school experiences for kids across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Nal’ibali, with the help of local radio stations, would like the magic of stories to reach children in their homes.With so many South Africans living in areas where accessing reading material is far from easy, Nal’ibali’s partnership with radio stations will take the magic of stories to rural youth. (Image: Nal’ibali)Mathiba MolefeA good story might be the key to unlocking the untapped potential of South Africa’s youth attending school in some of the country’s rural and underprivileged areas.Numerous radio stations in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have joined forces with Nal’ibali in an effort to bring these stories into the homes of school children in rural communities throughout both provinces.Beginning in March these radio stations will be supporting the new project, Story Powered Schools. Radio stations will broadcast children’s stories in their respective home languages, as well as English, as part of their regular programming.Launched at the beginning of the school year, Story Powered Schools is a pilot project created with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring Nal’ibali’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools.Over a three year period, the project will be working closely with more than 700 schools spread throughout the Ugu and uThukela districts in KwaZulu-Natal as well as the Maluti and Bizana districts in the Eastern Cape.“Stories and storytelling lie at the heart of children’s literacy development,” says Michael Cekiso, the manager of the Story Powered Schools Project.“While the Story Powered Schools project is an exciting way for Nal’ibali to expand its work with primary schools – and unlock the potential of the learners who attend them, the support of community radio stations will enable us to reach directly into the homes of the communities we are working with; allowing even more children and families access to mother-tongue stories.”Stories, particularly when read or heard in a familiar language, help children develop their language skills and imagination as well as developing their problem-solving skills, making them better equipped to succeed at school.Stories, particularly when read or heard in a familiar language, help children develop their language skills and imagination as well as developing their problem-solving skills, making them better equipped to succeed at school.Why radioNot many South Africans have access to books written in their mother tongue. According to Nal’ibali, statistics show that 51% of homes in South Africa don’t have access to leisure books and 85% of the population lives beyond the reach of a public library. This makes radio the ideal medium for enriching and engaging stories to reach those in impoverished rural areas.“Radio is a great platform for us to help educate our children. Our aim at Radio Sunny South is to inform, educate and to entertain,” says Radio Sunny South programmes manager, Mbali Mbotho.“To us, it is a privilege to participate. We hope to play a huge role in improving the literacy skills of our children.”If you would like to tune in and catch some of the magic you can have a look at the programming schedule below:Good News Community Radio: Wednesdays at 1:05pmUgu Youth Radio: Thursdays at 7:05pmRadio Sunny South: Wednesday at 9:10amRadio Khwezi: Saturdays at 8:00amInkonjane FM: Tuesday at 5:45pm and Saturdays at 8:00amLink FM: Broadcasting from April onlyGet readingFor those who would like to access the power of reading and stories in other areas around South Africa can visit the Nal’ibali website and mobisite.The Nal’ibali sites offer a wide range of reading materials and stories in a number of South African languages and tips and ideas on how to read and share stories with children at home and in the classroom.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.