SANGONeT joins the rest of the world in mourning the passing of South Africa’s founding father, President Nelson Mandela. Born on 18 July 1918, President Mandela, who became the first democratically-elected president after the country’s first historic elections in 1994, led the decades-long struggle against Apartheid. Mandela’s dedication to South Africa’s liberation struggle was captured in the statement he made during the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial:
Nelson Mandela's unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that the dream of a just society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way towards it. As Mandela said in his extraordinary 2005 speech in London's Trafalgar Square, 'Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.'
Sunday, 9 December 2013, was a different day for children who listen and participate on Thobela FM's kiddies programme - Lesang Bana. On a usual Sunday, the presenter would read a verse from the Bible, which conveys a particular message, and open the lines for the kids to comment on air, pray, among others.
As South Africa commemorates 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the public is slowly losing hope in the South African Police Service (SAPS), which is meant to protect them. In the past few months, SAPS has attracted a great deal of undesirable local and international media attention over the alarming rate of occurrences which led to citizens being assaulted, dying and raped by police officers.
The Gender Links (GL) family learned of the passing away of Malepota Mafeka on 30 November 2013 with devastation, shock and great sorrow. Winner in 2013 of the GL staff award for exceptional performance, she was, in the words of one of her favourite songs, ‘simply the best’. We extend our heartfelt condolences at this time to her son, Lepota, daughter Mamakhoa, and husband, Matona Mafeka, as well as all those who knew and loved this remarkable woman. The best we can all do now is carry on her unfinished work, in the way she would have done.
This was the motto with which Humana People to People started its campaign against the HIV epidemic in year 2000 under the name Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). Since then more than 14 million people in southern Africa has been reached by the program, 4.5 million people in South Africa alone.
16 Days of Activism 2013, today's theme Peace begins at home, join the cyber dialogue at 13h00 - 14h00 South African time. 25 November 2013: Peace begins at home
Mark the dates: 24 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. In total: 16 Days! Imagine if, but if for only 16 days, there would have been no rape, no child abuse, no sexual harassment and no emotional abuse. Within the South African context, 16 Days of Activism has been declared against this scourge, which is hastingly eroding our very social fabric.
Media affects us in many ways, as a major socialising influence, a carrier of culture, a source of information, education and entertainment, an important factor in political communication and participation in a democracy and a communicator of ideological values and norms, attitudes and believes.
ONE’s You Choose survey, conducted from January to June 2013, connected 100 000 South African Voices with United Nations Panel to influences the Post-2015 Development Agenda