Awareness gets star quality

2018-05-23 06:00
Kedibone Moralo (right) with celebrity Mpho J Molepo in Kuruman.Photo: Supplied

Kedibone Moralo (right) with celebrity Mpho J Molepo in Kuruman.Photo: Supplied

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Kedibone Moralo passes a man, and for a second she thinks she is seeing stars.

Coming to her senses, she looks back to that man and indeed, she saw a star: Mpho J Molepo, also known as Rangwane Kabise in Generations:The Legacy, or Romeo’s father, Caeser, in Scandal! .

Molepo is in the Northern Cape, travelling between Kimberley and Kuruman to support a campaign to ac­celerate awareness about medical male circumcision.

In fact, he is the project ambassador, drawing the attention of people while distributing pamphlets and engaging with a lot of men to change their perception about the advantages of circumcision.

The campaign is run through Molepo’s company Get Down Productions, which has been commissioned by the National Department of Health to create awareness.

They are expected to work in the Northern Cape, North West and Limpopo for a period of 12 months.

The main aim and objective of the campaign is to help South Africa reach its goal of 80% medical male circumcision coverage by 2017-’18, by assisting in the implementation of the South African government’s policy of voluntary medical male circumcision.

The team further aims to disseminate clear and accurate information on safe and voluntary medical male circumcision to address HIV prevention in the country.

Ironically, the challenge for Molepo was maneuvering through a crowd of mainly female admirers, who asked for selfies and autographs.

“I am ok with the constant request for selfies, because it gives me time to explain my mission here.

“My only concern is that my intended targets move a little far from me as if they are afraid that I might kidnap them to the circumcision,” joked Molepo.

He admits to being humbled by being involved in this campaign.

“Pres. Ramaphosa rallying a call for all of us to raise our hands and say ‘thuma mina’, or ‘send me’, is what has jostled me to this cause.

“I hope that my male counterparts will take to heart what the government is pushing for, and avail themselves for this circumcision,” said Molepo before being lured to return to his selfie-seeking admirers.

The other role players in this campaign are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (Chaps).

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