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#HireAGraduate: Young people on why they had no choice but to leave the Eastern Cape

by: Buntu Mgwelo - 22 February 2017

#HireAGraduate: Young people on why they had no choice but to leave the Eastern Cape

This morning, thousands of graduates in the Eastern Cape took their frustration at being unemployed despite having tertiary qualifications, to the streets. They formed a human chain in different parts of the province, some wearing their graduation gear, and holding up signs that read #HireAGraduate. Our trainees from the Eastern Cape know this struggle too...

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5 things to expect from #Budget2017

by: Ziyanda Stuurman - 20 February 2017

5 things to expect from #Budget2017

It’s almost annual Budget Speech time, meaning that numbers, indexes and percentage points are going to fly all over our TV screens, newspapers and social media feeds for the next few days. To help you brace yourself for how this year’s budget is going to affect you as a young person, we’ve put together this...

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Coloured people have an obsession with not being black

by: Maxine Bezuidenhout - 17 February 2017

Coloured people have an obsession with not being black

Identity politics in South Africa has always been a contentious issue. This is largely attributed to the history of oppression in this country. The Apartheid government intentionally separated “coloured” people from “black African” people. The legacy of this division is still alive in the fabric of our society despite black consciousness activists like Steve Biko...

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My experience as a black and queer man at initiation school

by: Anonymous - 14 February 2017

My experience as a black and queer man at initiation school

Recently a racy trailer for a movie, called The Wound, featuring Nakhane Touré was released which sparked a lot of controversy about the mistreatment of gay initiates at initiation schools. Every year we hear about the health and emotional risk for young initiates. But I want to share my experience as a black queer initiate,...

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10 tweets about #SONA2017 that show South Africans have no chill

by: Athenkosi Guntu - 10 February 2017

10 tweets about #SONA2017 that show South Africans have no chill

Twitter was just too lit during #SONA2017. 1.  ANC MPs 15 min after Zuma started #SONA2017 pic.twitter.com/qgzaLHXDwv — Jan de Lange (@JanniedeLange) February 9, 2017 2.   #Tsotsi 😭😂😂😭 sata frika has no chill at all , he was Zupta and he is now Tsotsi @TrendingSAon3 #tsaon3 pic.twitter.com/XcVXwZA4U5 — NaeNutty (@NaeNuttyII) 9 February 2017 3. ...

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[Video] 2 years later, we still don’t know what Zuma’s 9-point growth plan is

by: Live Staff - 8 February 2017

[Video] 2 years later, we still don’t know what Zuma’s 9-point growth plan is

We asked South Africans on the streets of Hammersdale, outside of Durban and Woodstock in Cape Town if they knew what President Jacob Zuma’s 9-point growth plan for the economy was. We also asked them to suggest solutions to the country’s challenges in higher education, housing and the economy. See their responses in the video...

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Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

Love is the universal truth that connects us all. We fall in and out of it, feel the butterflies in our stomach and the stabs of jealousy in our gut, whether we live comfortably in the suburbs or sleep rough on the streets. That’s the message behind Noncedo Mathibela’s new exhibition, To Love or Not...

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He uses puppets to teach kids about child abuse

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 2 February 2017

He uses puppets to teach kids about child abuse

Lawrence “Lonny” Mongalo (28) says it was while working as a telephone consultant for childline in the Free State that he realised the need for alternative ways to educate children on how to report abuse. What the puppets teach the kids Lonny was trained as a puppeteer while working at childline, and he realised how...

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#BlackOutClifton: “This space doesn’t represent us”

by: Onele Liwani - 31 January 2017

#BlackOutClifton: “This space doesn’t represent us”

This past Saturday, a group of young black people decided to occupy Clifton 4th beach in Cape Town. According to the poster, the gathering was organised for “black people to  reconnect with their land, by occupying parts of the city that were designed to exclude and keep them out of sight”. We spoke to a...

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SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 January 2017

SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

New York-based South African poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe doesn’t hold anything back in his poetry. His latest poem, “The Not Yet Burning Country”, makes comparisons between how South Africa handled xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia to how America, with the election of Donald Trump, is poised to deal with immigrants. The poem is in...

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