Shap Shap Cinemas was formed in November of 2015 when the founding members recognised a need for information and understanding on health topics amongst the Gogo’s attending our feeding schemes. We decided that we would need to create our own educational movie tutorials in isiZulu, so that we could share critical information amongst the rural communities in KwaZulu Natal – isiZulu is the most widely spoken language. By sharing information in the vernacular of those who attend our cinemas it means that our audiences are not only watching our movie tutorials, but they are actually understanding them.
Since our inception we have amassed a library of 25 tutorials on a number of varying topics from ECD material for crèche children, high school study guides and CV creation, a healthy cooking show and various health topics such as HIV prevention, Diabetes awareness and antenatal classes.
We were formally registered as a NPC in May of 2017 and more recently we were also awarded our NPO status.
Initially our main focus areas have been KwaNyuswa and Bothas Hill, however we have recently created a strong foothold in the Hammarsdale community where we have placed our first permanent venue: Hammarsdale Cinema Centre.
Our goal is to place Community Cinema Centres in various other rural areas around KZN to create a network of centres where critical information can be shared with community members, as well as creating hubs for learning, skills development and feeding schemes. A great challenge in rural areas is the ability to share information amongst those who live there. Our centres, which are fully equipped to play movie tutorials and provide access to the internet, are a solution to this.
These centres are created from converted shipping containers to make use of a recycled resource KZN has easy access to, as well as ensuring a safe and durable venue for these community centre cinemas.
To aid these centres we will still continue with the running of our mobile cinemas which we set up at creches, schools, clinics and community halls.
Currently we have our pilot project which is in Hammarsdale.
We envisage our Community Cinema Centres running in and serving every rural community around KZN but the areas that we have identified and would like to roll out in, in the immediate future are:
Community Centre Programs
From the Community Centre, several upliftment projects are run for the community with a focus on basic education and skills development, youth develop