Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu Ambassador For Cartoon Network Africa’s Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Campaign 2017

Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu Ambassador For Cartoon Network Africa's Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Campaign 2017

Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu Ambassador For Cartoon Network Africa’s Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Campaign 2017

Fifteen-year-old, double-amputee Paralympic sprinter Ntando Mahlangu has teamed up with Cartoon Network to launch the 2017 African edition of their anti-bullying campaign – Cartoon Network Buddy Network.

Cartoon Network Buddy Network first started in the United States under the name “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” and the initiative has since spread to Latin America (Basta de Bullying), Europe and Africa, the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about bullying among young people in Africa. Ntando Mahlangu will be taking part in the campaign as an ambassador and will appear in an on-air campaign on Cartoon Network Africa, the campaign will also feature a series of animated shorts voiced by children which include positive messages about friendship, school and setting aside their differences, whether its at school, outside school or online. Ntando Mahlangu himself has experienced bullying in the past and went on to win a silver at the 200m sprint event during the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.

While announcing his new role as Cartoon Network Buddy Network ambassador, Ntando Mahlangu said:

“What an honour to follow in the footsteps of Wayde van Niekerk, CN Buddy Network’s brand ambassador for 2016. Wayde is an amazing athlete and I aspire to be like him one day. To learn that he was once bullied was an opportunity for me to be brave and speak out about my experience in order to raise awareness around discrimination regarding disabilities. I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished and I hope my bully can see me now. I was so excited when Cartoon Network approached me, I appreciate having the opportunity to inspire other kids like me; to be proud of who they are. I know what it feels like to be bullied – it’s not cool. If you are being bullied, speak up, so that together, we can beat the bully”

For the Buddy Network campaign, Cartoon Network has collaborated with Childline and SaveTNet Cyber Safety, two organisations that work to assist children who have experience abuse and is force for children’s rights in Africa.

While talking about the anti-bullying initiative, Childline South Africa’s national executive officer, Dumisile Nala said:

“Bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that impacts adversely on school climates, and this can have a devastating impact on young people. It can affect their confidence, their school work, leave them feeling isolated, and friendless – and even make them feel that life is not worth living. That’s why Childline is delighted to partner with Cartoon Network again to reach out so that the kids do not have to suffer in silence.”

SaveTNet Cyber safety chief executive officer, Rianette Leibowitz also said:

“Sadly, many young people commit suicide because of cyberbullying, and SaveTNet aims to save lives by creating awareness for responsible digital engagement. Cyberbullying has a lasting effect, and we encourage viewers to consider the consequences of what they share via digital platforms. Partners, such as Cartoon Network, enable us to share the cyber safety message with a wider audience to ensure people know that there is help and support available and that they are not alone”

Cartoon Network Africa’s Be a Buddy website ( forms as part of the campaign and is for anyone who has been affected by bullying, either directly or indirectly, the website offers advice and contact details for both Childline South Africa and SaveTNet for immediate help, support and relief.

Pierre Branco, VP and Managing Director of Turner France, Portugal and Africa also made this statement about Cartoon Network’s continuing commitment to their anti-bullying campaign:

“Bullying is a real and, sadly, growing issue for our viewers and it concerns us knowing that most of our children across Africa are affected daily by bullying in person and online. It is hugely important for us to address this issue in a way that is positive, supportive, and relevant. This year’s series of bespoke ‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’ animations makes use of real thoughts and commentary from kids, which we hope will be really powerful and engaging for our viewers, encouraging them to stand up and speak out against bullying.”

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Anti Bullying Campaign

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Anti Bullying Campaign

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Anti Bullying Campaign

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has teamed up with Cartoon Network Africa and ChildLine to launch their anti-bullying campaign, CN Buddy Network, in South Africa. The initiative launched in Africa on Saturday 7th May 2016, encourages children and young people to “be a buddy, not a bully”, and aims to educate the children of South Africa to take action against bullying.

Cartoon Network, the most popular children’s TV channel in South Africa, will be collaborating with ChildLine, an organisation that works to protect children from all forms of violence and to support children’s rights in South Africa.

Childline is the leading helpline for children and young people in South Africa and provides immediate advice and support for children who are experiencing any form of bullying and violence. As part of the campaign, there will be videos to provide kids tips and advice, which will be available in four different languages, Sotho, Zulu, English and Afrikaans.

Wayde van Niekerk is currently appearing in an on-air campaign on Cartoon Network on DStv, channel 301, which will also includes an original series of animated shorts addressing the viewpoints of the bully, the bullied and the observer.

Cartoon Network Africa (with Childline’s help) has also launched a website that offers professional anti-bullying advice, relevant tips through videos and support tools online at

Wayde van Niekerk made this statement regarding Cartoon Network Buddy Network and his role as an anti-bullying ambassador:

“I jumped at the chance to work with Cartoon Network and ChildLine on this as I know only too well what it feels like to be bullied. What I love about this initiative is that we are teaching children to be a buddy and not a bully. Bullying is never acceptable and there is nothing shameful about asking for help – speaking up is the first step in making things better.”

ChildLine South Africa National Executive Officer Dumisile Nala says:

“Bullying remains a top concern in South Africa among children in schools and it is estimated that 35% of all children have experienced some form of bullying. The difference is that nowadays it can follow children wherever they are. It’s not just in the playgrounds or on the way to and from school. It’s in their pockets – it follows them on their phones, on social networks as well as face to face and the 24-hour nature of it can be relentless. For some children it seems like there’s no escape which can cause anxiety and distress. It is so important that we, as adults, take time to listen to our children and help support them through bullying issues.”

Pierre Branco, VP and Managing Director of Turner Africa says:

“Cartoon Network Africa feels very strongly about the fact that most of our audience are affected by bullying every single day, whether in person or online. We were willing to associate the positive values of Cartoon Network to this great cause and raise awareness amongst kids through our animated creative shorts dubbed with South African kids and the great local partners who are relaying the message in the country. We are delighted to partner with both Wayde van Niekerk and ChildLine in South Africa to tackle this very real issue. As Cartoon Network we would like to show our viewers that we would like to help in any way we can to teach our viewers that there is help and support out there. This initiative is about addressing the issue, encouraging kids to talk about their experiences, be a good friend and offer support to others.”