Soul City will grip you

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

If there is one TV show that has over the years managed to marry both educational elements and pure entertainment in its mix it is the SABC health drama Soul City.

The drama has also demonstrated that private-public partnerships can work, something that is essential to a developing country that faces many challenges.

Fans of this long-running series must be happy that it will soon be back on the small screen.

Soul City launches its 9th season as part of a campaign to fight HIV-Aids on January 19 on SABC1.

The latest series promises the kind of intrigue that will keep viewers glued to their seats again.

The 9th series is an important element of the OneLove campaign, which is aimed at a key driver of the disease: multiple concurrent partners. The objective of the campaign is to reduce new HIV infections by 10 percent by 2010.

Since the HIV-Aids epidemic does not stop at borders, the campaign is being rolled out to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania.

In order to maximise the OneLove campaign, many organisations are working together to make this a truly national campaign.

The partners include the Treatment Action Campaign, loveLife, 46664, SA Football Players Union, University of Pretoria, SA Bational Aids Campaign and Khomanani.

The series is also supported by the Department of Health and SABC 1. International donors include Irish Aid, and the United Kingdom department for international development .