Who We Are

A Track Record of Success in helping the community

Who We Are

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.

Locations

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:

  • KwaNyuswa
  • Inchange
  • uMgababa
  • Umbumbulu
  • uMzinyathi
  • KwaXimba

 

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

More About Us

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:

  • KwaNyuswa
  • Inchange
  • uMgababa
  • Umbumbulu
  • uMzinyathi
  • KwaXimba

 

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 development through to the promotion of business skills and health services. Certain projects will pertain to the areas in which the container cinema is placed. The below listed programs are in line with our target to create entrepreneurs and more employable young adults.

 

Zulu content creation

Our primary goal is to educate and uplift the underserved communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal by creating educational content in isiZulu that best covers the topics that people living in these areas are interested in learning about.

By engaging with community members, we are able to identify the type of content that is most needed. We then create these educational tutorials ourselves, which allows us to record them in isiZulu, giving our audiences material in their home language. Zulu is spoken by 77.8% of South Africa’s population making it the most widely spoken language in our country.

One of our priorities for the next year is to expand our reach and grow our library of tutorials. We currently have 35 tutorials in our library and by the end of 2019 we would like to have at least 100 tutorials.

One of our tutorial subjects for this year is Study Star which is an educational tutorial based programme that will act as a tutor for learners in South Africa. The following subjects will be explained on camera in Zulu: Maths (core), Zulu (First Language), English (First additional language), Science and Natural Science (Biology). Examples will be demonstrated and explained for viewers to watch and learn from. This set of tutorials aims to help leaners in Gr11 and Matric gain a better understanding in the subjects that they are battling in. The aim of these ‘Study Star’ tutorials is to better equip students with skills to improve their marks at school and potentially hep struggling students pass subjects that they require ‘extra attention’ in.

We print booklets which we hand out at our Health Day cinemas and we would like to have 10000 of these available for people to take home during this year. These educational booklets are information dense, based on several different health topics. They give an overview of the subject, such as Diabetes, and offer all the necessary information about the subject. We also have recipes books which we had out after we have shown our healthy cooking show tutorials. All of these print outs are of course in Zulu.

South Africa is one of the top most illiterate countries in the world making education for people who cannot read a difficult task. We aim to provide a progressive means of education, utilizing audio visual content and movies to educate our audiences, side-lining written material so that no one is excluded from learning.

Our material might pertain to a certain group depending on the subject, but we endeavour to create tutorials that encompass the interests of young and old alike; for those who have had a formal education, and for those who for whatever reason have not..