Criselda Kananda is a South African radio DJ and motivational speaker as well as ambassador for Orange Babies International, the HEAIDS programme and the Fezile Dabi Concert. All of which are projects she holds close to her heart. She is also a proud ambassador of KZN Tourism. She likewise spent some time working on her book, which is focussed around simplifying HIV health education and management.
In addition to the above Criselda represented South Africa in New York during the United Nations General Assembly Special Meeting on communicable diseases, which was commissioned by Mr Koffie Annan in 2006 as well as received an award from the First Lady, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, for her contribution towards the upliftment of young women in South Africa as the ambassador for the Young South African Women in Dialogue.
She further received a prestigious City Press/Rapport award as one of ten most influencial South African Women. In 2009 she was recognised as one of South Africa’s most iconic women as well as awarded with the Parable Leadership Award for 2009.
She travelled to eighteen countries around the continent with Metro-FM, in which the concept was introduced to use radio as an effective medium in curbing diseases through education that is accessible.
She’s been actively involved in the fight for the rights of people who are both HIV positive and HIV negative. In her pursuit she became compelled to study immunity and AIDS progression as well as investigated the available research regarding nutrition and human behaviour and studied towards psycho-neuron immunology, health and positive living, management development with the Gordon Institute of SA, project management, direct marketing and business communications, amongst many.
She later left her successful career in sales and marketing, while heading a direct marketing business unit for SA Post Office, to advocate for wellness, another selfless act for the greater good. Her pursuits in her ambitions have resulted in many invitations to speak and present papers at many a conferences and meetings, including a meeting for the SADEC Health Ministers on wellness.
In 2003 she started a radio show, Positive Talk, on KAYA-FM, which focussed on how HIV and AIDS impacts health, wellness and socio economic imbalances. She both produced and hosted the show every Monday night between 19:30 and 21:00.
She has also featured in several newspapers and magazines, including Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine and featured on television programs both locally and internationally.