|Company Name:||BLAC - Bonteheuwel Legacy Arts Collective|
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|Media:||Newspapers, Public Relations, Radio, Voice artists|
|Speciality:||Columnist, Humanitarian, News, Profiles, Voice Artist|
|Profession:||Copywriter, Journalist, Photographer, Photojournalist, Project Manager, Researcher, Translator, Writer|
Irma Aloven Titus (30) is a freelance journalist and media ‘artivist’. For the past ten years she has provided media support and training to organisations like Proudly Manenberg, Housing Assembly, Reap In Joy and Zeal4Life.
Titus has been an active community builder since the age of 15 when she helped to facilitate the Youth Corner at the Bonteheuwel Library. As a known community activist she participated in the African Canadian Eco-Leadership programme in 2005 which afforded her the opportunity of a six-month internship with a Canadian community newspaper, The Lacombe Globe
In 2009, Titus completed a National Diploma in Journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She continued to freelance for the community newspaper Peoples Post after her internship. Titus is currently freelancing with the Weekend Argus and the Cape Flats News.
Titus has, since its inception in 2009, been part of the reference group of the Annual Ashley Kriel Memorial Youth Lecture hosted by the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). In 2010, Titus edited the annual newsletter and helped workshop the contributing youth writers.
She was also the editor and project coordinator of Edge of the Table – a book project documenting life-story narratives of 14 Cape Flats youth. This book was published by the Human Rights Media Centre (HRMC); an organisation also responsible for publishing: Knocking On – Mothers and Daughters in Struggle in South Africa. This book was published in 2008 with 14 stories. Among them are the life-story narratives of Titus and her mother Aloma Matthews.
In 2013, Titus helped pioneer the Community Works Programme (CWP) in Bonteheuwel; a poverty relief programme implemented by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ (COGTA). As supervisor in the area she put a special focus on recruiting people with disabilities and helping build organisation in the area.
Titus has shown exceptional courage in her contribution to organisational development of grassroots movements despite her fragility. After four failed kidney transplants; she now navigates her life through her dialysis routine three times a week.
The Mail & Guardian recognized Titus in 2013 as one of the “200 Young South Africans to take to lunch” for her civil society contribution. The fight against school closures in Bonteheuwel, and against the privatization of education saw her involved with organisations such as the Concerned Education Forum (CEF) and Protea Action Committee.
Titus is also a founding member of BLAC – Bonteheuwel Legacy Arts Collective: a progressive production company promoting arts and culture on the Cape Flats for creatives to contirbute to sustainability and become self-sufficient. BLAC recently helped bring home the ‘pride of Bonteheuwel’ with the screening of the multi-award winning documentary by Nadine Cloete: Action Kommondant - the untold story of the revolutionary freedom fighter Ashley Kriel.