Click to Open Search Bar

Zinhle Thabethe

Humanitarian/ Musician

  Categories:
REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

 Zinhle Thabethe Biography

Zinhle "Zinny" Thabethe has a voice that moves audiences to tears, that brings enormous hope for the future—and for those living with HIV/AIDS. As a frontline activist in South Africa, she provides medicine and counseling to those afflicted with HIV and mentors other counselors who educate and train AIDS patients. But beyond distributing tangible treatment, Thabethe shares something she believes equally valuable—hope.

She is one of the lead vocalists in the Sinikithemba Choir, an internationally acclaimed HIV-positive vocal ensemble. Its name translates to "we give hope." The choir originated with patients from a support group at the Sinikithemba Center, a clinic that provided care even before AIDS treatment was available. "I joined," she explains, "after becoming a patient there in 2002."

The choir's powerful blend of traditional Zulu and gospel puts a human face on an epidemic often surrounded by stigma and silence in South Africa. "By living and performing publicly as HIV-positive people, we show that AIDS can be a controllable, treatable disease. People can live productively, positively, and be happy for the moments they have. That hope has been so important in keeping us going through this difficult journey," she says. "All we had were our voices, but that became a way to break down the stigma, help people feel comfortable with who they are, and encourage others to seek help."

Although born into poverty with few years of formal education, Thabethe has become an eloquent advocate in her own community and abroad. Only about 10 percent of HIV-positive South Africans are receiving anti-retroviral drugs. "When I was first diagnosed," she remembers, "the doctor told me treatment was not available and I would be dead in less than a year. I felt angry. Who was he to tell me I wasn't going to make it?"

Even after losing her job and growing so ill she had to crawl from her mud hut to a pit latrine, Thabethe refused to accept her circumstances. As one of the fortunate few who ultimately did gain access to treatment, she now works tirelessly as a living example that patients from any background can grasp the complexities of their disease and adhere to medication regimes. "The process of education is very important," she notes. "You have to understand HIV, your medication, and what is expected of you as a patient. I felt so much better, just having that knowledge. That's why I became a counselor myself. I tell patients that I may not feel their pain, but I know what they are going through and can help support and guide them."

Thabethe acknowledges the fine line between outside support and personal responsibility. "I can take you to the treatment clinic, but I cannot drink the medicine for you. I'm a strong believer in empowerment. I have always tried to find a way to take responsibility, learn what my options are, discover who can help me, and change my own situation. It has to start at a personal level. That's what I try to instill in the patients I work with."

In Africa, 200 HIV-positive babies are born every day. 80 percent to 90 percent of hospital beds go to HIV patients, and in South Africa alone, more than 900 people die daily from the illness. Because of the stigma and sheer numbers of people affected, the epidemic has dramatically changed society, culture, behavior, and the way people relate to loved ones. "Traditionally the whole village would participate in mourning, supporting, and helping a family who was going through difficult times. Now, death is everywhere, our cemeteries are full, and virtually every family is affected," Thabethe says. "So that traditional network of support is gone. Sometimes family members don't even come to the hospitals to claim bodies of the dead."

To Thabethe, this transformation highlights the crucial need for organizations and individuals who will bring South Africa's HIV crisis out of the shadows and support those afflicted. "I know many people are going through what I go through every day," she reflects. "Only by being open and asking for help will we know that we are not alone. If you have someone who will walk the journey with you, it is always easier."

Videos
FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Zinhle Thabethe?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Zinhle Thabethe for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Zinhle Thabethe, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Zinhle Thabethe or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Zinhle Thabethe?

    Booking fees for Zinhle Thabethe, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Zinhle Thabethe, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Zinhle Thabethe?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Zinhle Thabethe for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zinhle Thabethe for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Zinhle Thabethe or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Zinhle Thabethe or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
Check Availability

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

Zinhle Thabethe

Humanitarian/ Musician

Travels From:
South Africa
Speaking Fee:
Categories:

Zinhle Thabethe Biography

Zinhle "Zinny" Thabethe has a voice that moves audiences to tears, that brings enormous hope for the future—and for those living with HIV/AIDS. As a frontline activist in South Africa, she provides medicine and counseling to those afflicted with HIV and mentors other counselors who educate and train AIDS patients. But beyond distributing tangible treatment, Thabethe shares something she believes equally valuable—hope.

She is one of the lead vocalists in the Sinikithemba Choir, an internationally acclaimed HIV-positive vocal ensemble. Its name translates to "we give hope." The choir originated with patients from a support group at the Sinikithemba Center, a clinic that provided care even before AIDS treatment was available. "I joined," she explains, "after becoming a patient there in 2002."

The choir's powerful blend of traditional Zulu and gospel puts a human face on an epidemic often surrounded by stigma and silence in South Africa. "By living and performing publicly as HIV-positive people, we show that AIDS can be a controllable, treatable disease. People can live productively, positively, and be happy for the moments they have. That hope has been so important in keeping us going through this difficult journey," she says. "All we had were our voices, but that became a way to break down the stigma, help people feel comfortable with who they are, and encourage others to seek help."

Although born into poverty with few years of formal education, Thabethe has become an eloquent advocate in her own community and abroad. Only about 10 percent of HIV-positive South Africans are receiving anti-retroviral drugs. "When I was first diagnosed," she remembers, "the doctor told me treatment was not available and I would be dead in less than a year. I felt angry. Who was he to tell me I wasn't going to make it?"

Even after losing her job and growing so ill she had to crawl from her mud hut to a pit latrine, Thabethe refused to accept her circumstances. As one of the fortunate few who ultimately did gain access to treatment, she now works tirelessly as a living example that patients from any background can grasp the complexities of their disease and adhere to medication regimes. "The process of education is very important," she notes. "You have to understand HIV, your medication, and what is expected of you as a patient. I felt so much better, just having that knowledge. That's why I became a counselor myself. I tell patients that I may not feel their pain, but I know what they are going through and can help support and guide them."

Thabethe acknowledges the fine line between outside support and personal responsibility. "I can take you to the treatment clinic, but I cannot drink the medicine for you. I'm a strong believer in empowerment. I have always tried to find a way to take responsibility, learn what my options are, discover who can help me, and change my own situation. It has to start at a personal level. That's what I try to instill in the patients I work with."

In Africa, 200 HIV-positive babies are born every day. 80 percent to 90 percent of hospital beds go to HIV patients, and in South Africa alone, more than 900 people die daily from the illness. Because of the stigma and sheer numbers of people affected, the epidemic has dramatically changed society, culture, behavior, and the way people relate to loved ones. "Traditionally the whole village would participate in mourning, supporting, and helping a family who was going through difficult times. Now, death is everywhere, our cemeteries are full, and virtually every family is affected," Thabethe says. "So that traditional network of support is gone. Sometimes family members don't even come to the hospitals to claim bodies of the dead."

To Thabethe, this transformation highlights the crucial need for organizations and individuals who will bring South Africa's HIV crisis out of the shadows and support those afflicted. "I know many people are going through what I go through every day," she reflects. "Only by being open and asking for help will we know that we are not alone. If you have someone who will walk the journey with you, it is always easier."

Zinhle Thabethe Videos

  • Zinhle Thabethe Explains Some of the Challenges of the HIV Epidemic

FAQs on booking Zinhle Thabethe

  • How to book Zinhle Thabethe?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Zinhle Thabethe for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Zinhle Thabethe, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Zinhle Thabethe or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Zinhle Thabethe?

    Booking fees for Zinhle Thabethe, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Zinhle Thabethe, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Zinhle Thabethe?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Zinhle Thabethe for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zinhle Thabethe for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Zinhle Thabethe or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Zinhle Thabethe or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Zinhle Thabethe is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Zinhle Thabethe for your event is available upon request. Zinhle Thabethe generally travels from South Africa and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jurnee Smollett, Malcolm London, Peter & Bethany Yarrow, Bunker Roy and Jeremy Gilley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Zinhle Thabethe for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Zinhle Thabethe Speaker Videos

  • Zinhle Thabethe Explains Some of the Challenges of the HIV Epidemic

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Zinhle Thabethe

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

TOP