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How would you solve youth unemployment if you had the chance?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 20 December 2016

How would you solve youth unemployment if you had the chance?

Project Demo’s parliamentary correspondent, Sheilan Clarke recently attended  a youth unemployment summit help at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)  in the Eastern Cape. It was here and back in Cape Town she spoke young people trying to find solutions to youth unemployment. Here are some of their suggestions. If you have solutions you want...

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4 things the President should address during SONA

by: Sheilan Clarke - 29 January 2016

4 things the President should address during SONA

    As February, and therefore the next SONA, draws close, we will be listening closely to President Jacob Zuma’s speech, especially for solutions to the following problems. 1. Unemployment The problem: The unemployment rate now sits at 45% for young people aged between 15 and 34 years. That figure includes those who have given...

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Do you think leave for new dads should be a legal right?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 22 December 2015

Do you think leave for new dads should be a legal right?

According to time.com, fathers in Iceland get 90 days paternity leave, while dads in Finland and Burkina Faso get 54 and 10 days respectively. We recently wrote about the Labour Laws Amendment Bill and found out what young people think of South African fathers getting 10 days paternity leave if the Bill is passed.  ...

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Should new dads also get time off work to look after their newborns?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 15 December 2015

Should new dads also get time off work to look after their newborns?

The African Christian Democratic Party recently submitted the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, which among other things, will look at giving fathers 10 days parental leave. This parental leave extends not only to biological fathers but also surrogate parents. The Bill also proposes 10 weeks of leave to adoptive parents. We asked young folks whether fathers...

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To legalise or not to legalise?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 3 December 2015

To legalise or not to legalise?

In part one, we explained to you about the Medical Innovation Bill that is currently up for debate. Here’s a bit more information to help you decide which side of the argument you’re on. Now in part two, we get the opinion from two experts — a medical doctor and a drug counselor and a...

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Should we legalise cannabis for medical use?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 27 November 2015

Should we legalise cannabis for medical use?

The Medical Innovation Bill, a controversial bill, that seeks to legalise cannabis for medicinal use has been proposed. Cannabinoids — a chemical extracted from the cannabis plant is good for treating conditions like chronic headaches and severe pain as well as easing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, HIV&AIDS and even cancer. But others argue that...

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Win one of 3 airtime vouchers by completing our survey on the language policy for higher education

by: Sheilan Clarke - 26 November 2015

Win one of 3 airtime vouchers by completing our survey on the language policy for higher education

VIP recently hosted a debate on the Language Policy for Higher Education on Cape Town TV. We’ve highlighted what the policy is about as a way of helping you complete the survey below. Policy Hack on Cape Town TV Gcobisa Yani, a member of Open Stellenbosch community, joined us for an in-depth look at life...

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EFF steals Cyril Ramaphosa’s shine at free education discussion

by: Sheilan Clarke - 6 November 2015

EFF steals Cyril Ramaphosa’s shine at free education discussion

During the deputy president’s speech on university fees, free education and unemployment, the EFF showed a willingness to help find answers.  “We are here to assist you” Deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa — who is usually heckled by the red-berets about Marikana — was offered help and support in finding money for the fees crisis. “We...

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“If government wants to enforce free education, it can’t be for everyone” – Blade Nzimande

by: Sheilan Clarke - 30 October 2015

“If government wants to enforce free education, it can’t be for everyone” – Blade Nzimande

The higher education minister this week said, in parliament , that if the government wanted to enforce free education, then it can’t be for everyone. This follows two weeks of #FeesMustFall protests at universities around the country calling for free education. Nzimande also urged NSFAS to stop relying only on government funding to operate. NSFAS...

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5 things MPs discussed about young people during the third term

by: Sheilan Clarke - 2 October 2015

5 things MPs discussed about young people during the third term

There were many interesting events in parliament over the past few months. From discussions about military conscription to Stellenbosch University’s appearance in parliament, here are five youth-related highlights from parliament’s third term. Sending SA’s youth to the army Earlier this year the presidency revealed they were discussing using military conscription as a way of dealing...

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