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The #2X Story: VIP

by: Lee Molefi - 26 April 2016

The #2X Story: VIP

The “#” has become a powerful symbol that has gone far beyond just tracking Twitter trends. It has given young people an alternative way to take part in politics and make an impact. Through online activism, they have found a way to shift agendas, and forced themselves into national discourse, in addition to claiming their space...

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VIP wants to help YOU take critical youth issues to Parliament

by: Live Staff - 13 October 2015

VIP wants to help YOU take critical youth issues to Parliament

  What is it? VIP is opening up a crowd-sourced challenge to our community to suggest crucial issues, topics or policy ideas that young South Africa would like to present to parliament dubbed the Parliament Challenge. The VIP team will work in conjunction with political experts , civil society organisations and MPs to turn the...

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Win one of 5 R100 airtime vouchers by completing our NSFAS Act survey

by: Bokang Sibolla - 30 September 2015

Win one of 5 R100 airtime vouchers by completing our NSFAS Act survey

So far we’ve reported on the many problems at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. This time around we are now focusing on how the troubled Scheme can be fixed. Students at Fort Hare University came up with the below ideas at our Policy Hack Debate: Fixing NSFAS. See if you agree and let us...

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Register to attend VIP Debate Club in Alice, Eastern Cape

by: Live Events - 6 September 2015

Register to attend VIP Debate Club in Alice, Eastern Cape

Free Education: Has NSFAS Failed Us? Date: Thursday 10 September 2015 Time: 16:00 to 18:00 Venue: University of Fort Hare (Alice Campus) King William’s Town Rd, Alice Eastern Cape Register: It’s free to attend, please complete our form below #PolicyHackZA: Fixing NSFAS Date: Friday 11 September 2015 Time: 15:00 to 17:00 Venue: University of Fort...

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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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Spoken Word with Afurakan

by: Tshegofatso Mphahlele - 17 June 2015

Spoken Word with Afurakan

Poet Thabiso “Afurakan” Mohare will be performing on Thursday at the Live VIP Youth Festival. He is also the CEO of Word N Sound, a platform for poets and musicians in Jozi. We caught up with him to find out his thoughts about the state of South African youth: What do you think is the current...

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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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Introducing the #VIPYouthFest exhibiting photographers

by: Fatima Mathivha - 15 June 2015

Introducing the #VIPYouthFest exhibiting photographers

Photography is a medium that is one of the most powerful tools to document changes and it’s been central to documenting political changes in this country. With the advancement of technology and wider access to mobile cameras, more young people can now document and catalog events – creating visual diaries of their everyday lives. As part...

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Can I still be racist if my bestie is white?

by: Fatima Mathivha - 12 June 2015

Can I still be racist if my bestie is white?

I’m pretty sure I hate white people; which is funny, considering that my best friend is white. We’ve been friends since high school and she’s been one of the most reliable and loyal friends I’ve ever had. It generally hasn’t seemed like a strange thing to have a white best friend. Almost half of the...

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Young, black, middle-class and unemployed

by: Fatima Mathivha - 9 June 2015

Young, black, middle-class and unemployed

For most of my life I grew up thinking that if you made it into the middle-class, that’s it. You’ve made the cut. Life is easy. And if I ever had a doubt about it, I would quickly be reassured by another story glorifying the “rise of the black middle-class” and touting their successes. I...

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