#StopViolenceAgainstWomen.

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We are tired

We are tired of being raped, attacked, sexually harassed, abducted and killed, these are some of the recent actions that South African women are subjected to. For most people human trafficking evokes dramatic images from thrillers or TV series and not something happening right under their noses. Yet in South Africa human trafficking is a terrible fate for thousands of victims.

Many people will be shocked to learn that it is happening daily along the busiest routes in our country. Vulnerable youth from poor communities in different parts of the country often fall prey to traffickers who lure them with promises of a better life in big cities. Many labour and sex trafficking victims don’t even know they are victims of a crime.

The past few days, social media was buzzing with #MenAreTrash in defence of gender based violence. In May of 2017, Karabo Mokoena of Joburg was buried after her boyfriend allegedly beat her to death before burning her. This story has since had the country gripped by awful tales of violence against young women and children.

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few days and here is my conclusion, it started with me reading up on the Courtney case when I couldn’t sleep one night. To tell how disgusted I was would be an understatement. I just can’t get my head around the idea of a grown ass man raping a Three year old. In the same breath, I came across the story of Karabo, goodness! This whole process of finding more articles on women and kids who were abused carries on and it is EXHAUSTING!!

Yes, my anger at everything I was reading reached that point where the hashtag #MenAreTrash made perfect sense. Forget the good guys out there. Forget all the good people, I personally know. Without doubt, collectively I felt ok saying to myself, men have failed women and children. Well, not all men are trash as a whole, are all men abusers? Are all men predators? I got a straight forward answer for that, not all men.

I hope that the male counterparts use this opportunity to show women in their lives that they are not trash and put their ego, pride and insecurities aside for just a moment and acknowledge that something is wrong and stand in solidarity with women fighting against this societal issue.

Written by Jeanette Tshakane

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Disseminating Knowledge.

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By Jus_luc

The mere fact that we are living in an age where information flows in society an unprecedented rate should be a golden key to spreading knowledge, but in most cases this is not true in various degrees. Reason being the internet itself requires certain tools and skills to navigate the vast space of information. This leads one to arrive at a type of information which is not biased, and the subject in itself has being studied extensively by experts in the field. A perfect analogue to the idea I have introduced above is a ‘captain of ship or plane’.

The captain has to bring certain skills, tools, life experiences and human resources to be able to move from point A to B. But to only attribute the internet as the main challenge to the spreading of knowledge would be limiting and flawed. One has to also consider other elements involved such as, the different ideologies that we are born into. Which in themselves carry certain types of histories, memories and pressures. Resulting in the formation of the self and the other. From a social psychologist perspective, the moment one starts identifying with a group, an outer group is formed in the process. Resulting in the manifestation of stereotypes, prejudice and attitudes that limit interaction in various degrees.

Interaction is at the core of disseminating knowledge. In the process of interaction, there has to be a common language between the source of information and the receiver. Examples of sources include a mobile phone, tablet, computer, the internet and people. Regardless at the core from my perspective, meaningful interaction is key to disseminating of knowledge.  

Written by Lehlogonolo Modise

La Voyage by BlaqnWhyte Pictures.

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Levoy ‘Veli’ Dlamini, well known as Paragon Art, is a 23 year old Fine Artist from Soweto, whose life, from birth has been largely influenced by his surroundings and for him it is the reflective nature of his lifestyle that make the concepts behind his art more profound.

La Voyage is a short documentary that gives us a glimpse into the lifestyle and shows us the endeavours one goes through in the pursuit of perfecting their craft. In this film we follow the journey of an artist coming from humble beginnings, who overcomes obstacles in order to break through into the industry.

“His portraits didn’t just become portraits…they became portraits of the type of people he can relate to as an artist…based on what he’s aspiring to be” – Thabiso Phosa

“I think our circle…were the first to see that type of development of an artist.” –Ofentse Seshabela

Words received from close friends and fellow colleagues of Levoy as they describe their first experience/s of Mr Paragon Art. The story also reflects a first time experience for the artist at the Grahamstown Art Festival 2016, which can be described as a captivating moment of enjoyment.

Watch Full Documentary ->  La Voyage by BlaqNWhyte Pictures