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Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 March 2017

Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

Award shows have become a platform for artists to voice their frustrations about their respective industries. Remember Riky Rick at the Metro FM Awards? Adele at the Grammys, and and and? Four Cape Town-based artists Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Zikhona Jacobs joined the list of those artists during last night’s 52nd Fleur...

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Beyond hair, it isn’t easy being African in a multiracial school

by: Buhle Lindwa - 13 September 2016

Beyond hair, it isn’t easy being African in a multiracial school

I attended multiracial schools all my life, and it was not easy. I never felt liberated enough to embrace my culture, and witnessed other forms of discrimination on other students too. Back then we felt there was nothing we could do about it. Being forced to learn Afrikaans I didn’t grow up speaking Afrikaans, so imagine my...

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Video: Racism in school

by: Phumlani Pikoli - 30 August 2016

Video: Racism in school

Pupils attending Pretoria High School for Girls have accused the school of racism and discriminatory practices that vary from forcing them to abandon the natural aesthetics of their hair to telling them to not speak  African languages at the school. We spoke to young people in Joburg and Cape Town on their experiences in school...

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It’s black people who have always made me feel bad about my hair

by: Ziyanda Mhlungu - 30 August 2016

It’s black people who have always made me feel bad about my hair

The #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh story has brought back high school memories of being treated different because of my hair. But in my case, it was black teachers and friends who made me feel bad about my hair.   Why is the way my hair grows out of my scalp considered a problem? In grade 11, a black teacher told...

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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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2015 was about things that #MustFall, here are a few things that #MustRise in 2016

by: Lethabo Bogatsu - 7 January 2016

2015 was about things that #MustFall, here are a few things that #MustRise in 2016

From #RhodesMustFall to #FeesMustFall and all the way to #ZumaMustFall, 2015 was the year for falling; but as we enter the new year, Lethabo Afrika Bogatsu has a list of a couple of things that need to rise this year. Young people should exercise their power more #FeesMustFall showed us last year how powerful young...

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I was called a slut at the #FeesMustFall protest

by: Lethabo Bogatsu - 3 November 2015

I was called a slut at the #FeesMustFall protest

“Uyaphi sfebe! Hey wena, sfebe uyaphi? Sikhuluma nawe!” The words rang in my ear as I marched with the rest of the students who had gathered outside the Union Buildings. I turned around and he yelled again, “Ya vele, wena!” I was so shocked because that came out of nowhere. I remember, at that moment,...

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Stellenbosch students say language policy leaves them out

by: Bulumko Gana - 4 September 2015

Stellenbosch students say language policy leaves them out

Stellenbosch University management was this week called before parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education and training to answer for racism claims made against the university in a documentary called Luister. While the university’s Vice Chancellor, Wim De Villiers, was defending his university in parliament, some students were marching against the university’s language policy which they...

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Being coloured in a black and white South Africa

by: Jamie Petersen - 8 July 2015

Being coloured in a black and white South Africa

The ideology of the “rainbow nation” has been shoved down our throats, and thrown in our faces at every opportunity throughout South Africa’s 21 years of democracy. Although having lost much of its appeal today, it’s an ideology we’ve been force-fed. It’s based on the fact that South Africa is one of the most diverse...

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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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