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Youth tell of substance abuse that runs rife in Ginsberg

by: Sheilan Clarke - 23 August 2017

Youth tell of substance abuse that runs rife in Ginsberg

Ginsberg in King William’s Town was our recent destination for a discussion on youth substance abuse. When talking to the residents, we found out that children as young as 10 years old start getting involved in drug and alcohol abuse. “[We have] Primary school kids getting hooked on dagga and other harmful and artificial substances,”...

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Kevin Dladla is looking to create change with a skate park

by: Sheilan Clarke - 1 August 2017

Kevin Dladla is looking to create change with a skate park

Meet Kevin Dladla, a youth activist from Margate Extension 3 in KwaZulu Natal. His dream is to build an extreme sports park in the area to provide opportunities for young people in his community. Currently, the park in Extension 3 is used as a place to do drugs and engage in crime. In building the...

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#FreeToBleed: The sanitary policy is on its way

by: Sheilan Clarke - 18 July 2017

#FreeToBleed: The sanitary policy is on its way

Remember that time we called on parliament and government to prioritise the provision of sanitary products for all? Well, last week we were invited by the Minister of Women, Susan Shabangu to give input on the National Policy Framework on Sanitary Dignity. It’s been a long time coming since Pontsho Pilane won our Parliament Challenge...

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Youth in Giyani desperate for job opportunities

by: Sheilan Clarke - 29 June 2017

Youth in Giyani desperate for job opportunities

Limpopo was the destination for our recent dialogue between young people and their local government representatives. The discussion centered around youth opportunities in Giyani, and saw the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform answer crucial questions from the audience. The young people in attendance raised concerns on how...

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(Video) “Mental illness doesn’t have a colour, it doesn’t have a face.”

by: Sheilan Clarke - 14 June 2017

(Video) “Mental illness doesn’t have a colour, it doesn’t have a face.”

Mental health needs to be de-stigmatised. Last week we introduced you to Thabiso Mailula who spoke about his work as Senior Psychological Facilitator at the Talisman Foundation. (You can watch the video here.) As part of us exploring this often taboo subject, we spoke to Tasneem Motara. She’s an up-and-coming young politician and Member of the National Council...

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(Video) How do you know when you have a mental health condition?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 6 June 2017

(Video) How do you know when you have a mental health condition?

Would you know if you were suffering from a mental illness and where you could access mental health care? Many of us are or have been affected by mental health in one way or another. We spoke to Thabiso Mailula, a Senior Psychological Facilitator at a psycho-social rehabilitation centre called Talisman Foundation. He works with...

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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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