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Boitumelo Mofokeng

30 September 2005

I am the director of Media Pack, a media consultancy company that specialises in media strategy, corporate services and public relations. I have held several editorial positions with South African Council of Churches (SACC), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) News Research, Speak Magazine and I was a feature writer for Thandi Magazine and Sowetan Newspaper respectively.

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The Soweto June 1976 Students Uprising inspired me to become a gender and cultural activist and  passionate about community work after the days when as a student activist, I organised fellow college mates to volunteer their time at Orlando Orphanage in Soweto. I still spend time counselling peers and youth on various matters.

As co-founder of Concerned Professional Women’s Forum, I continue to serve my community caring for orphans as a result of HIV and Aids including other vulnerable children.

I had the chance to participate in various women and gender conferences in the run-up to the historical new dispensation when Blacks voted for the very first time after more than 300 years of oppression. Through the media, I promoted gender and women's issues and brokered opportunities for women to participate in opinion/news analysis on matters of national interest in the national media.

I have travelled widely, internationally and regionally on various missions, both in the apartheid era to campaign for women's development, and currently to represent South Africa on various missions. I was the official delegate at the launch of Women Waging Peace Global Peace Network in Boston, Massachusetts. This led to my being invited to address the G8 Ambassadors in Belgium on why they should support women's initiatives for peace. I have also addressed the French and US business community in France on the same topic. And I was also part of South African delegation visiting Rwanda to launch Peace Building Partnerships in the region.

Amongst my editorial projects as Guest Liaison officer at SABC, I helped cover Elections '99, the World Economic Forum, the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), Elections 2000, and 2004 and the Presidential Inauguration. As a media consultant for Makwetla & Associates, I managed media relations for various government initiatives and conferences on women empowerment such as Technology for Women in Business and Local Government (DTI) Women’s Local Government Summit..As a multi-skilled professional, I have acted as programme director in various corporate events, facilitates workshops/Retreats and “Corporate Soul Work”.

Finally, I fulfil some of my passion for the visible participation of women through managing a portfolio of Black women public speakers and poets.

Issues I would like to have addressed:
- Creating and strengthening global solidarity with women to realise the UN Resolution
- Creating conducive environment for increased participation of and by women
- Socialization of girl-child to ensure that today’s gains are not lost in the future
- The need for women’s voice in the media and media ownership
- Demystifying gender and cultural myths used to block women’s participation

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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