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Department of Arts and Culture launches new fund for young artists

by: admin - 13 July 2017

Department of Arts and Culture launches new fund for young artists

Do you dream of publishing your first book, producing your first play or recording your first album, but have no money to make these dreams a reality? The Debut Fund Programme is for you. The Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), have launched a fund to...

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Geekulcha is helping the youth to prepare for a digital future

by: admin - 13 July 2017

Geekulcha is helping the youth to prepare for a digital future

Meet Geekulcha, a Pretoria-based initiative that is creating a new era of young, gifted and black coders that are solving the world’s problems, one hackathon at a time. “We provide young talent with a platform to grow their skills through web and mobile apps development, electronics systems, data science and business informatics,” says the organisation’s...

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#FreeToBleed: Are we any closer to free sanitary pads for all?

by: Sarah Evans - 13 July 2017

#FreeToBleed: Are we any closer to free sanitary pads for all?

In September 2015, Livity Africa’s Project Demo initiative put out a call, asking young people which issues they would like Parliament to address. Journalist Pontsho Pilane, then a student at Wits University, with her #FreeToBleed campaign, emerged as the clear winner. Pontsho petitioned Parliament for free sanitary pads for all in November last year.   Since...

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Getting data is as easy as telling us your story

by: admin - 12 July 2017

Getting data is as easy as telling us your story

That’s right! By telling your story, you stand a chance to win airtime. So what’s the catch? Super awesome online magazine for girls by girls, Springster, is looking for writers. You’ll be joining a team of girl writers from around the world, contribute your stories to be published on Springster and get support and guidance...

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South African books that tackle mental illness

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 11 July 2017

South African books that tackle mental illness

The tortured genius, the neurotic pill-popping artist or the depressed party girl who drinks and sleeps the pain away, all of these lazy one-dimensional stereotypes are routinely used when discussing mental illness in either literature or the silver screen. In reality, mental illness is a lot more complex than that. Below is a list of...

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How social media is helping us fight the stigma of mental health

by: Devaksha Vallabhjee - 11 July 2017

How social media is helping us fight the stigma of mental health

At a dinner with some friends a while ago, the topic of depression came up – as it often does these days. He jokingly told us about how, when he lived at home with his grandmother and confessed that he was depressed, she told him to “take a Grandpa and go to bed early.” The...

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Undoing the stigmas around mental health 140 characters at a time

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 6 July 2017

Undoing the stigmas around mental health 140 characters at a time

Last year, 23-year-old Thabile Mpe was diagnosed with type two bipolar disorder. Two things immediately became clear to her. The first was the lack of public information about not just bipolar disorder, but the entire spectrum of mental illnesses. The second was that the language used to communicate mental illnesses was either peppered with stigma...

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Mpho street styling the latest cool!

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 3 July 2017

Mpho street styling the latest cool!

  Meet Mpho Seoposengwe, who works as a project assistant in the creative space focused on bringing young artists from South Africa and the UK closer together in order to create and collaborate. Mpho is the epitome of cool – her bubbly personality, her love for life and her fun sense of style are exactly...

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Youth unemployment in Eldos: where are the opportunities?

by: Sarah Evans - 30 June 2017

Youth unemployment in Eldos: where are the opportunities?

Eldorado Park exploded in May this year. Residents protested over a lack of jobs and housing in the area. Their familiar complaint was: the youth in Eldos are involved in drugs and crime because of a lack of job opportunities. According to Statistics SA, in Eldorado Park, only 40% of residents are employed. Poverty is rife,...

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Restoring Cosby’s “legacy”: Can Bill Cosby please sit down?

by: Sarah Evans - 30 June 2017

Restoring Cosby’s “legacy”: Can Bill Cosby please sit down?

You’d think that after being accused of sexual assault by over 50 women, and narrowly avoiding going to jail thanks to a hung jury in one case, Bill Cosby would have graciously disappeared into the shadows from whence he came, at the very least, to save what remains of his reputation. You’d be wrong. Clearly...

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