On September 13th, 2019, Bonang Matheba was the guest of honour at the gala dinner that saw the official South African launch of “Activate: The Global Citizen Movement”, a six-part documentary series from National Geographic, Procter & Gamble and Global Citizen. South Africa’s A-lister and philanthropist also stars in the fourth episode of the documentary series, highlighting the key local issue of “Keeping Girls in School”.
The gala dinner, hosted by Penny Lebyane included a captivating performance by Afro-Soul songstress Brenda Mtambo. The House of BNG joined celebrations as the official bubbly for the event.
Bonang, meanwhile, delivered an impassioned speech highlighting the importance of educating girls and called on the private and public sectors to get involved in addressing this issue, including the provision of period products.
“Activate” is a six-part National Geographic documentary series in partnership with Procter & Gamble about the international organization Global Citizen’s efforts to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. The series premieres this Sunday at 20:00 on National Geographic, DStv Channel 181 and more information is available at globalcitizen.com/activate.
Each episode explores an issue connected to poverty and shows world-renowned artists, personalities and activists including Hugh Jackman, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Common, Pharrell Williams, Gayle King and Bonang, corporate leaders, grassroots activists and those impacted, as they work to conscientise and ignite change.
The “Keeping Girls in School” episode was filmed with Bonang and Gayle King in Johannesburg, and looks at the menstruation-related barriers to girls’ education, and how P&G’s Always Keeping Girls in School programme helps address this through providing puberty education and pads.
“I am honoured to have been selected to be part of “Activate”. As human beings, we all need to be part of the movement to eradicate global poverty as well as creating a sustainable future. We need to dare ourselves to help change the world”, said Bonang, who is also a Global Citizen Ambassador.
Global Citizen encourages people around the world to get informed, take action and connect with others in addressing the organization’s goals for a better world including the end of poverty and hunger, promoting global well-being and providing equal access to quality education, among others. Last December, Bonang, Trevor Noah and Naomi Campbell presented the successful Global Citizen concert in Johannesburg.