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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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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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The youth are our future, but how are we helping them?

by: Live Staff - 21 June 2017

The youth are our future, but how are we helping them?

To a large extent, South Africa has been built on the backs of the youth, from the 1960 Sharpeville massacre and the 1976 riots to the more recent #FeesMustFall movement. Young people have often put their bodies on the line to fight for basic human rights. Every year, when Youth Month comes around, we hear...

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We have discovered our generational mission

by: Live Staff - 15 June 2017

We have discovered our generational mission

June 16 has become an important moment for reflection in the South African political calendar. Since 1994, June 16, 1976 was viewed as a turning point – one that was seen by millions as a key political turning point in the struggle against apartheid, and one that would bring true liberation and freedom. For many,...

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(Video) “Mental illness doesn’t have a colour, it doesn’t have a face.”

by: Sheilan Clarke - 14 June 2017

(Video) “Mental illness doesn’t have a colour, it doesn’t have a face.”

Mental health needs to be de-stigmatised. Last week we introduced you to Thabiso Mailula who spoke about his work as Senior Psychological Facilitator at the Talisman Foundation. (You can watch the video here.) As part of us exploring this often taboo subject, we spoke to Tasneem Motara. She’s an up-and-coming young politician and Member of the National Council...

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[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

by: Live Staff - 10 May 2017

[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

According to community worker Sharon Brink, there is a big mental health problem in Ocean View, Cape Town, owing to the abuse of drugs and alcohol which is prevalent in the area. “And when it comes to the mental health facilities, we are so far,” she says. Johann Kikillus a director of the NGO Soteria...

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The mental effects of #FeesMustFall haunt me to this day

by: Thulani Maphasa - 5 May 2017

The mental effects of #FeesMustFall haunt me to this day

A procession of policemen in riot gear prey up and down Prince Alfred Road in the dark, one evening at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR). On that same night, students gathered on the Steve Biko Union lawns to map out a strategy for the next day. A stun grenade is set off. Students...

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Malaika Wa Azania: What I wish I knew before becoming a published author at 22

by: Malaika Wa Azania - 4 May 2017

Malaika Wa Azania: What I wish I knew before becoming a published author at 22

When I was a child, I would read any book  I could get my hands on. As I grew older, I realised that there was something not quite right about those books – something about how I could never find people like myself, my family or the people in my neighbourhood, in them. The people...

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