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We’re looking for you to shake things up in parliament

by: Sheilan Clarke - 25 September 2015

We’re looking for you to shake things up in parliament

From the recent student protests to the increasing youth unemployment rate, our country seems ripe for youth-specific political interrogation. We’re inviting young South Africans to submit crucial issues that you would like to present to parliament. If your submission is chosen, we’ll train and send you off to Parliament in Cape Town to present to...

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Lack of internet access marginalises learners, says MP

by: Sheilan Clarke - 18 September 2015

Lack of internet access marginalises learners, says MP

Oversight visits by the Portfolio Committee of Basic Education as well as the Telecommunications and Postal Services committees to schools in Limpopo and Port Elizabeth revealed that lack of internet and student protests are some of the issues young people in those provinces have to deal with. Members of parliament are required to visit different...

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“I think we need to re-examine the current NSFAS model”

by: Sheilan Clarke - 11 September 2015

“I think we need to re-examine the current NSFAS model”

“NSFAS has become a crocodile with a large mouth syphoning money from the government,” says Sithenkosi Lungisa. He is an SRC member at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. Sithenkosi was a panel member for our “VIP Debate Club: Has NSFAS Failed Us?” and “Policy Hack: Fixing NSFAS” debates. Here is more about him...

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Students struggle to access NSFAS funds

by: Sheilan Clarke - 4 September 2015

Students struggle to access NSFAS funds

Fort Hare University students say there are problems with the way funding is channeled through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). We spoke to one of the students at the university while having a look at the NSFAS Act. What the Act say about loans and bursaries The Act says that the money for...

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Have the police failed Khayelitsha’s residents?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 21 August 2015

Have the police failed Khayelitsha’s residents?

There hasn’t been any progress in putting into action some of the recommendations forwarded by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry. So we asked: What’s next in this on-going battle for effective policing in Khayelitsha and what’s it like being young and living in a notoriously violent community? March for justice Civil-society organisation, the Social Justice...

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5 female MPs on their passion for politics

by: Sheilan Clarke - 7 August 2015

5 female MPs on their passion for politics

Statistics show that 35.2% of South African cabinet ministers are women while 41.5% are parliamentarians. This means that of the 54 cabinet ministers, only 19 of them are women and out of a total of 400 parliamentarians, 166 are women. This is according to a United Nations report. But what is it really like to...

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Poor youth attendance at Parliament’s Youth Round Table Discussion

by: Sheilan Clarke - 31 July 2015

Poor youth attendance at Parliament’s Youth Round Table Discussion

Parliament recently hosted a Youth Round Table Discussion where the National Development Plan and other youth issues were discussed. Young MPs from all provinces and civil-society were part of the discussion. The event was poorly attended by young people, as EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was quick to point out. “Where are the young people? Honourable (Mosiuoa)...

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Bill, Bills, Bills

by: Sheilan Clarke - 17 July 2015

Bill, Bills, Bills

  In the second term of Parliament, three bills were passed, eight were introduced and 22 are still in the deliberation process. Check out this list of bills that you should familiarise yourself with: National Liquor Policy Status: Up for public comment Basically, government wants the legal drinking age increased from 18 to 21. Meaning,...

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NSFAS: Help pay it forward

by: Sheilan Clarke - 17 July 2015

NSFAS: Help pay it forward

The many problems blighting the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) are no secret. Insufficient funding to the point where students are turned away make the news quite frequently. Recently NSFAS held a financial aid conference where the issues of corruption and the need for beneficiaries to pay back their loans arose. They, along with...

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Young and willing but unemployed

by: Sheilan Clarke - 14 July 2015

Young and willing but unemployed

By: Sheilan Clarke and Lethabo Bogatsu According to Africa Check, in the first three months of 2015, “about 50.6% of unemployed youth aged below 35 years have never worked.” That’s just over half the youth population. Where have we gone wrong? How do we fix it? We spoke to two young people — one self-employed...

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