The Queen actor and media personality Thato Molamu is taking his philanthropic work to a whole new level and has roped in the taxi industry to help him.
The actor has taken it upon himself, the ‘Thato Molamu Foundation’ and various taxi organisations to create awareness about cancer and the importance of early screening and testing.
The awareness campaigns kicked off this week at three mega taxi ranks in Joburg: Bara Taxi Rank, Bree Taxi Rank and Randburg Taxi Rank.
“In the area of healthcare, our specific aim is to screen one million women for breast and cervical cancer and 500 000 men for prostate cancer by 2025. This is where our goals in both healthcare and education come together,” said Molamu.
“One of the greatest challenges in cancer care is to educate South Africans – especially those in rural and historically disadvantaged communities – about the symptoms of the different types of cancer,” he added.
The theme is Screen to Save, and Molamu stressed the importance of regular screening for breast, cervical and prostate cancer because treatment outcomes are much better if these cancers are detected early.
“While cancer affects people across age, race and gender barriers, diagnosis and treatment in South Africa continues to be skewed by socio-economic factors and limited access to quality healthcare. Also, few realise that cancer causes more deaths in South Africa than HIV/Aids and TB combined,” he said.
By Nqobile Magubane