Tag: Issue 111

Youth take to the streets but stay away from the polls

Political system excludes young people

But millions of young South Africans, who are eligible to vote, refused to register for their hard-won right. According to a GroundUp report, the number of 18 and 19-year-olds who registered to vote was down by almost half from the 2014 general election. Five years ago, 646 313 voters in this age category registered to vote. This year the number had dropped to 341 236 people. Why is this? Can it simply be put down to apathy?

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Malume’s Painting: capturing history and humanity

The 1976 uprising told for our children

Malume’s Painting is a reminder to South Africans, of how the youth of 1976 played a pivotal role in the country’s liberation struggle which led to the ultimate collapse of apartheid. This is a significant book about South African history deserving to be told over and over again, especially to the children so that they stay in touch with their history and appreciate their heritage.

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Are books the youth’s new protest posters?

Greatest wars are fought with words

There’s an African proverb which says, the greatest wars are fought with words. What then do we do as young Africans? Do we write more? Do we read more? Do we resort to violence or civil disobedience? Two young Africans are making their mark with books. This month we review Malaika wa Azania’s ‘Memoirs of a Born Free’ and Sihle Bolani’s ‘We are the ones we need’.

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Hitting pause on piracy

R11 million worth of illegal DVDs destroyed in Cape Town and Durban

On 19 March 2019 the Film and Publications Board destroyed over 100,000 illegal DVD’s in Cape Town and Durban, amounting to over a whopping R11 million. The illegal distribution of films and games not only impacts on the revenue of content creators, it similarly places children at risk of exposure to potentially harmful, unclassified material.

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Baastards or Humans: The unfolding truth

“While Europe was experiencing the Dark Ages, Africa was in a period of enlightenment”

Dr Ruben Richards was classified by apartheid as “coloured”, and for whom there was very little chance of succeeding beyond being cheap labour for the apartheid economy. But despite the odds, Ruben has triumphed and serves as an inspiration to those who don’t believe that success is possible – even when the odds are stacked against you.

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Experiences of a young black homosexual in Mzansi

Grappling with life in a post-apartheid South Africa

I grew up listening to my relatives tell stories of what life was like for them and our country during apartheid. My aunt, in particular, was an advocate of how transformation is good. As a born free, who has never experienced life governed by marginality, I accepted this as narration of history. I still can’t say that I have any idea of what life was like then beyond this and what history books had to say. My perspective is shaped mainly by experiences I’ve lived.

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