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Heartlines is a social and behaviour change organisation that encourages people to live out positive values.

What we do

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Promote Values

Heartlines is a social change organisation that encourages people to live out positive values. We do this through our projects.

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Produce Films and Resources

We produce films and multimedia resources to spark conversations around values, and to equip you to live them out.

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Facilitate Workshops

We facilitate values-based training, workshops and motivational talks for companies, organisations and groups.

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Conduct Research

Our work is steeped in research, ongoing M&E and a theory of change that informs our projects and resources.

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LIKE WATER IS FOR FISH

Like Water is for Fish by Heartlines CEO Dr Garth Japhet explores the power of story in our lives, how story has influenced him and how he's used it to influence others.

"An inspiring read that shows how stories and storytelling can change lives."
Lillian Dube

OUR PROJECTS

Fathers Matter

The Heartlines project that supports the positive role of men in the lives of children.

What's Your Story?

A project by Heartlines to promote understanding, cohesion, trust and reconciliation through story-sharing.

Values & Money

Attitudes and behaviours around money are at the heart of many of our problems. We tackle this from a values perspective.

Values in Action

Based on the television mini-series Hopeville, this project encourages you to put values into action in all areas of life.

8 Films 8 Values

The first series of films produced by Heartlines to promote values.

Other Projects

Explore some of our other projects to promote values and bring positive change to South African society.

FILMS

Heartlines produces award-winning films that use the power of storytelling to entertain and inspire viewers. Many of our long-term projects, such as What's Your Story? and Values & Money, are based on the films we produce. 

Hopeville

To support his estranged son’s swimming aspirations, Amos, a reformed alcoholic, attempts to restore a derelict public pool but meets resistance from the community. Through patience, determination and courage, Amos’ selfless act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and do what they know is right.

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Beyond the River

Two men from very different walks of life team up for the 120km Dusi Canoe Marathon. By opening up about their respective life stories, they break race, social and age barriers, forming a formidable bond. This film is inspired by the true story of Piers Cruikshanks' and Siseko Ntondini's 2014 Dusi journey.

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Nothing for Mahala

Axe lives in the fast lane and is spending a lot more than he’s earning. When his debts catch up with him and he’s sentenced to community service with a surly senior, he begins to wonder if the flashy life is worth the price.

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Heartlines 8 Films 8 Values

8 Weeks, 8 Values, 1 National Conversation. Heartlines’ founding campaign centred around these films, which were aired on public television and remain notable local productions. Each dealt with a specific value and used the power of story to share a message of hope and motivation for social change.

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ARTICLES

Brett 'Fish' Anderson

Rise up with hope

Brett 'Fish' Anderson encourages us to fight for hope in the midst of the darkness and suffering we see in the world around us.

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Heartlines partners with UNICEF to promote COVID-19 vaccinations for the elderly

Heartlines and the Oak Foundation supported UNICEF's #Grandkids4Gogos campaign to help increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for people over 50 around South Africa. 

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Olefile Masangane

Remembering Sharpeville and reflecting on human rights

Olefile Masangane shares his thoughts on why we need to remember where we have come from as we commemorate Human Right's Day and observe Lent this March. 

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Reconciling riot hotspots through sports and storytelling

The July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal escalated racial tensions in the province. Heartlines and church leaders are working to bring change and reconciliation.

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Unrest recovery sparks renewed commitment to reconciliation efforts

Church leaders in the violence-struck areas of Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Umhlanga/Durban North (PINKU) came together in a two-day process at the end of September in a renewed effort to build bridges following the unrest that tore through the region in July.

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Edwin Arrison

Advent reflection for 2021

Edwin Arrison shares how the hope of Christ can change our perspective and focus in a chaotic, painful world.

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