Kau Kauru Voices

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Telling our stories in our own voices is essential to building a healthy democracy. It also ensures individual wellbeing. When we saddle our own story animals we are confidently in charge of our own destinies.

In 2014 when we launched The Journalist our founding partner was the University of the Free State. It has been a partnership that provides a platform for the vibrant voices of the student community as well as the academic staff in that province.

Now that our proof of concept phase is complete we are expanding our network of partnerships. And so, the Free State section of our website has been redesigned and renamed to reflect this growth.

In the /Xam language of the Bushman people of the Northern Cape Kau Kauru can be roughly translated as “making a noise with voices”. Or making our voices heard. Languages are considered to be extinct but the concepts and words we inherited live on.

What began in the Free State is now spreading across the nation. Regional issues that spark national debates and interest. A Kau Kauru storywheel. Each week the voices of our partners will be the spokes that keep this wheel rolling.

Our social network and page analytics suggest that it is the student community that drives The Journalist audience. That means we have been successful in what we set out to do – engaging the youth – and now it is time to grow.

Voices will continue to develop young journalists as with our previous Free State section. We complement formal journalism training with a platform for new writing, while senior journalists provide on the job training and mentorship.

In addition to the Free State, we now have partners in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal, with other regions coming on board soon.

If you or your institution would like to participate in The Journalist project please let us know. The Publisher Zubeida Jaffer, Writer In Residence at the University of the Free State, and Editor Leila Dougan would like to hear from you.

In conversation with the pioneers of The Revulva talk show

In conversation with the pioneers of The Revulva talk show

[intro]In promoting platforms for alternative voices in the media sphere, The Journalist sat down with the producers of a show called The Revulva. The Pan-African Feminist talk show which boasts approximately 40 000 views is currently working towards its second season. Soligah Solomons, a student intern at The Journalist interviews Sesethu Myoyo and Sarin Drew.[/intro] Soligah Solomons (SS): Please provide a brief background on the talk show? Sesethu Myoyo (SM) and Sarin Drew (SD): The Revulva...

On Hodan Naleyah’s brave legacy, and what it means be Somali

On Hodan Naleyah’s brave legacy, and what it means be Somali

Ifrah Udgoon [intro]A writer pays homage to a Somali woman who defied violence and the implosion of Somalia to achieve success in the USA. This article first appeared in the Mail and Guardian.[/intro] Dear Hodan, The way you left this world was unthinkable. Some days, I still wonder if it is really true. I remember being in Mogadishu that night unable to sleep, wondering if it was really true; that you were really gone. It was so difficult for my mind to reconcile that with the fact that just...

PODCAST: Women in Society

PODCAST: Women in Society

On episode 24, Thabang explores this: “Can society win and thrive if it keeps on restricting Women?”

Hometown Glory

Hometown Glory

Tapping into the artistic soul and depth of Emnambithi

PODCAST: Healing after heartbreak

PODCAST: Healing after heartbreak

[intro]In the latest episode of Dear Millennial, Thabang Moselane talks toxic relationships, prioritising self-love and how to get your dream job.[/intro] There is always something interesting to listen to on Dear Millennial Podcast. This free form platform is proud to serve the world with some of the most inspiring and engaging content out there. Tune in for some curated and high quality content.

Pneumococcal meningitis: stealing a young life

Pneumococcal meningitis: stealing a young life

Thabo Twala [intro]Almost 15 years after the possibly preventable death of his son due to the life-threatening infectious disease pneumococcal meningitis, Bongani Luti still has no answers about why nurses at Dewetsdorp clinic did not attend to his son.[/intro] The Free State Department of Health’s office for nursing standards compliance has flouted guidelines laid out in the National Complaints Management Protocol for the Public Health Sector of South Africa. This is according to Bongani...

#BreakTheStigma of Mental Health challenges

#BreakTheStigma of Mental Health challenges

Thabang Moselane [intro]The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month with the objective of educating the public about mental health and reducing stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to. In this episode of Dear Millennial, Thabang Moselane chats Mental Health. He also explores 'Resignation Etiquette' and on #UnWind, comedian Jerrod Carmichael tries his best to explain why you are not ready to be a boyfriend if you can't answer the...

The fight for land is a fight for cattle

The fight for land is a fight for cattle

Melathisi Mthembu [intro]In E.W.M. Mesatywa’s book titled Izaci namaqhalo esiXhosa (Xhosa idioms and proverbs) published in 1971, he records a list of proverbs. Of all the amaqhalo (proverbs) recorded, 31% relate to cattle. The book is the most comprehensive regarding Xhosa idioms and proverbs and it’s clear that a strong relationship between cattle and amaXhosa dominates, leading me to dig deep into the relationship between cattle and amaXhosa.[/intro] The amaXhosa have deep endearment and...

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