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

by: Sheilan Clarke - 10 October 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 social media is helping us fight the stigma of mental health

by: Devaksha Vallabhjee - 10 October 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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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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Video: Young Women in Digital Democracy workshop

by: admin - 8 August 2017

Video:  Young Women in Digital Democracy workshop

Livity Africa and Project Demo brought together 16 young women from all over Johannesburg recently to hold a workshop on social, political and feminist activism. The aim of the workshop was to connect the young women for future partnerships and collaborations. The workshop sessions included a broad range of topics including, “Mapping our understanding of...

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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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Popi for civic tech: how do we keep personal info safe?

by: Sarah Evans - 27 July 2017

Popi for civic tech: how do we keep personal info safe?

Data is the new oil, they say, and in the 21st century, protecting our personal data is more important than ever. Enter Protection of Personal Information Act (Popi), a new piece of legislation designed to ensure that everyone’s personal info is protected. But how does this affect the world of activists, who regularly keep data...

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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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#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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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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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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