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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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Meet Nonceba Mhlauli, the youngest ANC spokesperson in parliament

by: Ziyanda Stuurman - 31 March 2017

Meet Nonceba Mhlauli, the youngest ANC spokesperson in parliament

“It’s very important that young, black females start taking more active, more powerful roles in the ANC,” says Nonceba Mhlauli (26), acting spokesperson for the ANC in parliament. She tells us about her background, how her grandmother introduced her to politics, her time at Rhodes University, and why patriarchy must fall. “Patriarchy has become so...

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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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5 ways to get your issues heard in parliament

by: Neo Maditla - 8 February 2017

5 ways to get your issues heard in parliament

Do you have a burning issue? Want it put before parliament? Last year young activist and journalist, Pontsho Pilane, wanted free access to sanitary pads for all young South Africans and Project Demo helped her get it heard by parliament. But Project Demo isn’t the only option to get parliament to take your issues seriously....

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4 things the President should address during SONA

by: Sheilan Clarke - 29 January 2016

4 things the President should address during SONA

    As February, and therefore the next SONA, draws close, we will be listening closely to President Jacob Zuma’s speech, especially for solutions to the following problems. 1. Unemployment The problem: The unemployment rate now sits at 45% for young people aged between 15 and 34 years. That figure includes those who have given...

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What I’d like to see in politics in 2016

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 21 January 2016

What I’d like to see in politics in 2016

Last year was a decidedly turbulent one in South African politics. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was marred by violence, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was given the boot and Fees Must Fall highlighted the inequalities that still exist in higher education. But, hope springs eternal and with the SONA a little over a...

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EFF steals Cyril Ramaphosa’s shine at free education discussion

by: Sheilan Clarke - 6 November 2015

EFF steals Cyril Ramaphosa’s shine at free education discussion

During the deputy president’s speech on university fees, free education and unemployment, the EFF showed a willingness to help find answers.  “We are here to assist you” Deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa — who is usually heckled by the red-berets about Marikana — was offered help and support in finding money for the fees crisis. “We...

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Why government should be providing free sanitary products for underprivileged girls and women

by: Guest Contributor - 6 November 2015

Why government should be providing free sanitary products for underprivileged girls and women

By Pontsho Pilane Early one school morning I woke up to a soaked nightdress and wet sheets. With heavy eyes, and in a state of panic, I jumped out to switch on the light to figure out what had happened. My bed sheets were drenched in blood – my blood. I checked to see if...

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Here’s your chance to present youth issues directly to parliament

by: Live Staff - 9 October 2015

Here’s your chance to present youth issues directly to parliament

Have you ever looked at parliament and felt it doesn’t tackle issues that matter most to you? We’re inviting you 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 a committee that deals with...

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5 things MPs discussed about young people during the third term

by: Sheilan Clarke - 2 October 2015

5 things MPs discussed about young people during the third term

There were many interesting events in parliament over the past few months. From discussions about military conscription to Stellenbosch University’s appearance in parliament, here are five youth-related highlights from parliament’s third term. Sending SA’s youth to the army Earlier this year the presidency revealed they were discussing using military conscription as a way of dealing...

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