Tag: Issue 102

The Steyn on the University of the Free State

Transformation cannot be dictated by white privilege

Various student movements across the country since 2015 have sought to highlight the ways in which university campuses have remained untransformed in democratic South Africa, particularly with respect to spaces, statues, names and symbols and this discourse has exploded this year at the UFS.

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Mass surveillance practices are creepy, actually

Stopping the Spies, Jane Duncan’s new book on state surveillance

Duncan’s book Stopping the Spies asks some important questions like: are South African citizens being spied on by the state? Is state surveillance used for the democratic purpose of making people safer, or is it being used for the repressive purpose of social control? And is the state becoming like a one-way mirror, where it can see more of what its citizens do and say, while citizens see less and less of what the state does?

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Miles Davis ’Kind of Blue’

Fifty-nine years on, we still give thanks and praise to this album

On the 17 August 1959 a record album was released which would go on to change the world of Jazz and establish itself as a milestone in the history of recorded music. The record was, ‘Kind of Blue’, by Miles Davis. Exactly 59 years after its release the questions as to its allure and mystery still endure. What is it about this 5-tune album that makes it one of the highest selling Jazz records of all time, if not the greatest, and be regarded as a genre-shifting moment in modern music? Some of the answers may lie in what it wasn’t as well as with what it actually was.

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We need to talk about university depression

The demand for our mental health services is humbling

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. University of the Free State student, Tshepang Mahlatsi, has fought his own mental health battles and is encouraging others to do the same.Mahlatsi grew up in a large family and was the only boy among his siblings.He easily opens up about his childhood years.

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How peace journalism can help the media cover elections in Africa

Peace journalism has also been criticised for being too philosophical and idealistic

Several countries in Africa, including Zimbabwe, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon, hold crucial elections this year. Some of the polls are likely to be marked by protests as well as clampdowns on dissenting voices as well as the news media and internet access. All this amid the spread of fake news.It’s important to consider the role of the media in this heady mix.

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‘Spirit’ by Kwesta is our heritage

A Stimulus of power to strength to power

Spirit, a stimulus of power to strength and strength to power, epitomise the everyday struggles faced by youth of colour in a society that has a strong history of segregation and emphasises the idea that survival is the only way. The title, ‘Spirit’ makes the song even more closely linked with the liberation struggle of South Africa and the resilient spirit of its people. From spinning cars and church scenes to clubs and taxi fares, the visuals depicted in the music video reaffirms its message of pure South Africanness.

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