DRIVING CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA
This month, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in South Africa launched ‘Driving Change in South Africa’, a short film featuring Lebogang Seketema - known as Lebo - one of eight all-male MSF drivers who work in MSF’s sexual and gender-based violence project in Rustenburg, located in the country’s Platinum mining region.
‘Driving Change in South Africa’ trailer (40 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKspuBDUnE8&feature=youtu.be
‘Driving Change in South Africa’ short film (9-minutes) which is narrated by South African broadcaster Cathy Mohlahlana https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=G5Ico31UWHw&feature=youtu.be
About the film:
Each day, Lebo and seven all-male drivers rotate to collect survivors and transport them to the nearest of four MSF-supported clinics in Rustenburg for emergency medical and psychological care, often returning them home again. As ‘first-responders’, who are often the first person a victim meets after an incident, MSF’s ‘drivers for survivors’ have received psychological first aid training in how to engage and support survivors from the start.
In ‘Driving Change in South Africa’, Lebo shares his experience in supporting ‘clients’ and gives insights into his life growing up with violence and poverty in this mining region. Survivor Poppy shares her experience of interacting with MSF’s drivers, who made a difference in her treatment journey. The film shows that everyone has a role to play in a survivor’s journey to care – especially men. The accompanying ‘Drivers for Survivors’ photo package shows how each driver is personally driving change for survivors and in their communities.
‘Drivers for survivors: changing lives in Rustenburg’ article (longer read article, 900 words) which explains MSF’s response to sexual violence in Rustenburg and why their drivers received Psychological First Aid training https://www.msf.org.za/stories-news/news-our-projects/drivers-survivors-changing-lives-rustenburg