Gate Keepers

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Gate Keepers

The migrant and refugee crisis around the world has become a complex one. But if you approach the issue from a moral, religious or legal context, you will notice it isn't that complicated after all. 

We, as the human race, are better than the lines that divide us

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#FeesMustFall Reloaded

When in September 2016, South Africa's Minister of Higher Education - Blade Nzimande - announced that Universities may increase their school fees beginning from 2017, it triggered a new wave of protests. The protests turned violent with recorded clashes between police and students. Many Universities have closed off their campus to students and there is yet to be a resolution of the issue. 

In this video, Law students of the University of Pretoria share with White Code Centre what they make of the whole #FeesMustFall movement.

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What BREXIT means for South Africa

The anti-immigration rhetoric that has led to BREXIT gives us a lot of concern. What happens in Britain definitely does not stay in Britain. In this short clip, we sat with Khuraisha Patel - a South African, as she explores the ripple effect of Britain's exit from the European Union - especially as it affects South Africa.

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My Lady - poetry video featuring Puno Selesho

South Africa continues to endure a rape crisis with the level of documented sexual abuse cases standing at 147 per day (according to 2015 SAPS statistics). This is of course believed to be a conservative number considering that most cases of sexual abuse go unreported. No matter the numbers though, it is unacceptable that anyone will be subjected to rape or any other form of sexual abuse.

We therefore worked with South African poet - Puno Selesho - to visually and lyrically address this issue. Puno's dynamic voice carries a message of change and challenges South Africa to man up! 

Through this poem titled MY LADY, Puno calls on women not to allow their pain hold them down but to let their glorious presence to be unfurled. And to the men, she says: Don't be known for the way you use your waist and your fists. But be known for the way you kiss her scars with your lips. Every line is deliberate and very powerful!

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The #AfrikaansMustFall protests at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Starting from 11 February 2016, the University of Pretoria had to beef up security at its campuses following a violent clash between black students who wanted Afrikaans to be eliminated as a language of instruction at the University and white students who were in favour of keeping Afrikaans as an institutional language.

The bloc canvassing that #AfrikaansMustFall argue that Afrikaans is a language of oppression, used during apartheid and which continues to favour a minority on campus. As such they rejected the University's proposal to include a 'black' language: Sepedi. But rather insisted that everyone should be taught in English.

On the other side of the divide were those demanding for Afrikaans to remain as they have a right to be taught in their mother tongue. Besides, they say that demanding for Afrikaans to fall is tantamount to launching an attack on their culture.

At this point, after a week-long University shut down and other ugly incidences (such as arrests of and attacks on students), we get some students to speak up about why they take a stand for or against Afrikaans, and why.

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The Patriotic Agenda

One of the things you will find out about Africa is that it is diverse! The multiplicity of cultures, languages, people, landscapes, fashion, food and even weather cannot be fit into a box. Africa is not just about jungles and wildlife. It is soooo much more than that and in this video, we tell and show you the Africa we love. 

This is done in part to introduce a fresh new perspective to the Africa that is usually portrayed in negative light


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Corruption in Africa

The conversation around corruption in Africa will never get old until we overcome this menace. 

We could go ahead and list the number of corrupt African leaders but how about we all for once reflect on ourselves? Are you engaging in corruption?

Take a personal stand today and let corruption end with you.
 


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Africa's Longest Serving Leaders

There are at least 14 African countries with leaders who have been in power for over a decade and this has become an issue of concern for Africans, particularly its young population which constitutes over 40% of the continent's population.

Here is a video highlighting the need for there to be a swift change in order to make room for true democracy on the African continent.

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Violence Against Women - #KusemaAfrica

In this episode of Kusema Africa, we focus on the issue of violence against women in the African context. It is forms part of our #16DAYS project calling for an end to all forms of violence against women. 

In this video, Africans speak out against early child marriage, female genital mutilation, rape, and discrimination in girl child education.

Many thanks to Mariam Kamunyu, Brian Osundwa, Miriam Maina, and Mercy Katunge for lending their voices.

A people with broken women are a broken people. We are speaking out against all forms of violence against women. The silence must be shattered! Follow the campaign via www.whitecodecentre.org Twitter: @WhiteCodeC

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Terrorism in Africa #KusemaAfrica

Terrorism knows no national boundaries and has increasingly become a global threat - a dreaded threat which Africa has also been caught up in.

In this video, we share ideas on States' counter-terrorism mechanisms which can be deployed to effectively combat groups like Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and the AQIM.

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Terrorism must not become the new normal. Currently, there are three terrorist groups which especially pose a major threat to peace and security on the African continent - the AQIM, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram. Are African governments doing enough to keep Africans safe?

 

 

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The Ebola Scourge #KusemaAfrica

The Ebola crisis has reached alarming proportions and is heartbreaking to see that after over 6 months, the world is yet to successfully contain the spread of this virus. 

What will be the best way forward, especially for Africa and her governments? Watch the video below and find out what young Africans have to say.

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Young Africans speak out on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, tackling the issue from diverse angles. Visit http://whitecodecentre.org/about-kusema-africa/ for more details. Follow the conversation on twitter: @WhiteCodeC

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