Described as �the show that leads the way to healing the family and puts parents in the driving seat�,Tshwaraganang showcases diversity, reflecting the true reality of South African families across the socio-economic spectrum. The second series of the show, to be broadcast on SABC 1, from 27 August, engages viewers around the values that inform the SABC 1 vision. It is inclusive, real and uplifting.

In Focus spoke to Michele Dowd, Executive Producer of Tshwaraganang, who also runs the production arm of whatwewant Branded Entertainment, a marketing ideas generation and delivery company, based in Blairgowrie, Randburg.

�It�s really a show which is aimed at parents and at giving practical advice and hands-on tools to deal with the issues facing contemporary South African parents today,� says Dowd.

Tshwaraganang is real popular public service programming and the tool for healing families. It introduces South African parents to four resident dynamic life-coach professionals. Our inserts follow one family, as their story unfolds throughout each episode. We go national, and families and parents from all communities are valued and incorporated fully in the show. To further embrace the goal of Generation Equity, the show is also diverse from a language point of view. It addresses disability in that inserts will be subtitled. Further, through interactive services, every 6th episode is a special created by viewers.�

This is the second series and previous subject matter included:

  • I am HIV positive - do I disclose this information to my children?
  • I am a Gay parent
  • I am a single parent
  • Child Headed Households
  • My child is a criminal
  • My child is taking drugs.

Last year, the show was a live weekly broadcast and this season (52 episodes) it is pre recorded. The show, produced for SABC Education, consists of one anchor presenter (Phumi Mashigo) and guests who are experts or have experienced the issue at hand.

Presenter, 26 year old Mashigo, who was born in Soweto, is a new mother swamped with advice from books and elders. Now, together with the rest of South Africa, she navigates the best way forward as a parent.

�We have two inserts,� explains Dowd. �One features a family currently in a situation and the other insert is a family who has overcome that situation.�

Viewers are a crucial part of the parenting journey and their experiences, feedback and comments are vital to the show. Through viewer participation, inclusivity, interactivity and a tone of understanding, Tshwaraganang speaks clearly to the SABC 1 Generation Equity brief. The show is also able to offer a �service� that comes right to the viewers� homes via television, telephone and the internet. Using interactivity, Tshwaraganang is intended to assist parents in finding the help and resources that they need.

The Director is Penny Flascas, research is by Lebo Ledwaba and editing is by Kholofelo Malatshi.