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Project Demo is here to get youth voices into the ears of policy-makers

by: admin - 21 December 2016

Project Demo is here to get youth voices into the ears of policy-makers

It all started during the 2014 national elections when a group of young people working at LivityAfrica tried to wrap their heads around this question: “How do we get young people to vote in the elections?” At that time, there was a lot of voter apathy among the youth, and the team tried to figure...

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Moments during #FeesMustFall that tell us where to go from here

by: Lee Molefi - 9 November 2015

Moments during #FeesMustFall that tell us where to go from here

Friday, October 23, 2015 will be remembered as the day the #FeesMustFall movement reached a turning point. President Jacob Zuma announced that there would be no fee increase for the 2016 academic year. The generation that was thought to be apathetic and directionless started a national movement that forced a presidential and institutional rethink of...

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The top 6 recommendations on how to fix NSFAS

by: Lethabo Bogatsu - 23 September 2015

The top 6 recommendations on how to fix NSFAS

After hosting two successful VIP Debate Clubs in the Eastern Cape – on free education and a #PolicyHackZA on the NSFAS Act, here is a round-up of some of the best suggestions from our audience members at Fort Hare University. “We need to be honest with ourselves: many of us are on NSFAS when we...

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5 reasons we are talking NSFAS in the Eastern Cape

by: Lee Molefi - 4 September 2015

5 reasons we are talking NSFAS in the Eastern Cape

Online applications for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have reopened for the 2016 academic year. On your marks. But this is happening at a stressful time when students are also preparing for their final exams. Between 8-12 September, the Voting Is Power (VIP) campaign will visit the Eastern Cape province and – through a...

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Join us as we discuss youth unemployment (Cape Town)

by: Live Events - 2 July 2015

Join us as we discuss youth unemployment (Cape Town)

Do you ever feel as though politicians don’t recognise young people’s concerns? Have you ever wanted to have a face-to-face conversation with a political figure? Here’s your chance to get involved with “VIP Debate Club: Party People Edition” So what is it? This is an event for you to interact with policy and leading political figures...

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Has the struggle ended for the class of 2015?

by: Asanda Gura - 19 June 2015

Has the struggle ended for the class of 2015?

Recently, the NYDA briefed parliament on the state of youth employment. The findings were pretty grim. Even though large amounts of money were being spent to counter youth unemployment, 36% of people between the ages of 15 and 35 are unemployed. Poverty and inequality remain a problem and one out of three unemployed youth have children...

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Daddy Issues

by: Jamie Petersen - 19 June 2015

Daddy Issues

Teenage pregnancy is one of the biggest issues facing the youth today but the focus is always on the mother and the struggles she has to endure. Young fathers seldom feature in the conversation. But what does it mean to be a young father in South Africa? The Children’s Act 38 of 2005, says if...

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Debating patriotism and xenophobia at the #VIPYouthFest

by: Asanda Gura - 19 June 2015

Debating patriotism and xenophobia at the #VIPYouthFest

On Thursday June 18, Cape Town’s leg of the VIP Youth Festival continued at El Greeyo Coffee Shop in Salt River, with the launch of debate platform “Policy Hack”. The platform is a way of tackling policies and dense subject matter by using the British Parliament debate format. The debate did not take the usual form...

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Day one of the #VIPYouthFest (Cape Town)

by: Kgorula Bitterhout - 17 June 2015

Day one of the #VIPYouthFest (Cape Town)

The Cape Town leg of the VIP Youth Festival was quite a success. Even though we had to deal with sub-zero temperatures and torrential rain, that didn’t stop people from turning up in numbers at Guga S’thebe, an Arts and Culture centre in Langa, Cape Town. The line-up of the day’s events was divided into four...

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All the action from day one of the #VIPYouthFest

by: Fatima Mathivha - 16 June 2015

All the action from day one of the #VIPYouthFest

Cue Day 1. The day kicked off with a big announcement: poet, feminist and anthropology student, Lebogang ‘Nova’ Masango, would be joining the VIP Campaign. What could possibly top that? How about a screening of Roger Young’s “Keys Money Phone” – a film about a young, white Capetonian man who forgets his keys, money and...

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