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Social Grants Crisis

Social Grants Crisis

South Africa’s Constitutional Court is once again being asked to deal with a highly politically charged matter that affects the government of the country. The last time was over the question of President Jacob Zuma’s failure to repay state money spent on his personal homestead at Nkandla. This time the government’s Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, is at the centre of a storm over the payment of 17 million social grants.

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A Silent End

A Silent End

According to Andrew Ingram, Public Education Manager from Water Wise Academy, the most common way children drown in South Africa is while attempting to help friends who are struggling in the water. Often, one child sees another panicking and tries to help. Sadly, in many cases, both children end up drowning.

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University Fees in South Africa

University Fees in South Africa

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced it is up to the country’s universities to ‘individually…determine the level of (fee) increase that their institutions require…’. But he cautioned that no university’s fees should be raised by more than 8% for 2017. This follows a blanket freeze on fees in 2016 that left a number of universities on the verge of financial collapse. The Conversation Africa asked Professor Suellen Shay to unpack Nzimande’s announcement.

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DKR Concepts

DKR Concepts

Started in July 2015, DKR Concepts is the brain-child of a brother and sister duo: Kgosi and Dikeledi Rallele. D for Dikeledi, K for Kgosi and R for Rallele. The siblings joined forces to develop innovative business concepts to bridge the gap between the Khayelitsha township and the rest of the city.

Human Rights News Special Feature

Evaluating the RDP

Evaluating the RDP

It’s a scorching day in Khayelitsha. Even if it’s much too hot to stay in the sun, people are crowded in the middle of the streets, sweat trickling down their backs. The centre of their attention is Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, who is visiting a housing project. ‘When will sanitation be supplied?’ The residents ask him repeatedly. He promises them that he will make sure to fast-track it, before getting back into his car and driving away.

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A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

According to the HIV Stigma Index, 7% of HIV-positive women report being victims of forced sterilisation. As well as this, 43% of South Africans who are HIV positive suffer from ‘internalised stigma.’ Allegations of forced sterilisation have been made in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Swaziland – among female HIV-sufferers, disabled and underprivileged women.

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A Country of Smiles

A Country of Smiles

After spending a month volunteering at schools, daycare centres and orphanages in Ghana, I noticed one similarity – despite an impoverished background, all the children had smiles across their faces.

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Where Words Meet the Sea

Where Words Meet the Sea

The beach has always been a place of recluse for me; a place of peace and serenity. I grew up on the sandy shores of New York beaches and my love for the ocean never waned. Whenever I am not near the sea I feel an invisible force pulling me back to it. Whether I realise it or not, I always find myself returning to the place that helped shape me and mold me into the person I am today. The ocean will always be a part of me; it is there that I feel whole and complete.

Environment Health Special Feature

GMO Foods

GMO Foods

Have you ever read the back of food labels and noticed the words: ‘Might be genetically modified’? No? Well you’re not alone. That’s how most South Africans would respond. But the reality is that many foods are genetically modified because South Africa is the world’s eighth largest GMO producer.

Health Special Feature

The Slavery of Alcohol

The Slavery of Alcohol

Alcohol is the main drug in South Africa with 30% of the population being either alcoholics or at risk of becoming so. According to WHO, South Africans drink in excess of five billion litres of alcohol per year. If that’s not bad enough, alcohol abuse tends to be a prerequisite to health problems, criminality and socio-economic burdens. But who is the abuser behind these statistics? And what can be done to prevent alcohol abuse?

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Catching the Train in Cape Town

Catching the Train in Cape Town

Some people will give up right away. Others may wonder where they’ll end up. Of course you get scared. Even if you are brave and determined enough to get on, you will still find yourself praying that everything goes well. My first week using the train in Cape Town, there are many emotions running through my head. Despite being an experienced commuter back home in Rome, I feel completely out of my depth facing Metrorail in South Africa.

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Capetonian Favourite Spots

Capetonian Favourite Spots

Welcome to Cape Town. The most beautiful city in the world. As with every city, it has a side that is well known to the locals and yet unfamiliar to tourists. After chatting to Capetonians, they revealed where they love to hang out. Here are some of the top choices.

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Uber Nation

Uber Nation

Uber is an app designed by a multi-national transportation network company. The app connects you to hired drivers who will pick you up and drop you off at your desired location for a fee. Once you’ve signed up with your credit or debit card, your ride is cashless, cardless and paperless.

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Bonnytoun

Bonnytoun

There are eight of us in the car; myself, five Projects Abroad volunteers from the human rights office, our coordinator and our driver. As we drive through the gates of Bonnytoun we are met with high walls, barbed wire fences and uniformed officers, and I begin to feel slightly nervous at my decision to visit this boys’ juvenile detention centre.

 

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