By Gulia Gasperoni
"SOMETIMES it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation"
- Nelson Mandela
Today South Africa celebrates Youth Day, honouring the young students who were killed in the Soweto uprisings of 16 June 1976. It is also part of the wider Youth Month and the theme this year is "The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society.”
The tragic events of 1976 are one of the many examples in which enraged youth fought tooth and nail against a system of oppression. They did prevail, albeit in the long-term and with no little sacrifice.
So let's be honest and ask ourselves: what kind of future are we leaving to our youth? Are we doing the best we can to leave a valuable and well-preserved inheritance?
The present does not seem too rosy either. Even the government stated, on their website, that "the recent unemployment statistics pertaining to young people is cause for concern". They quote the 2020 fourth quarter Labour Force Survey, which found that "about 8,6 million young people aged between 15 and 34 years are not in education and not in employment".
The odds might be against them, but we do believe that the energy of young people is very powerful and can truly change the world!
photo archive Antonella Ragazzoni
photo archive Diana Chiyangwa
Photo archive Antonella Ragazzoni
Photo archive Dianah Chiyangwa
Photo archive Antonella Ragazzoni (Soweto)
Photo archive Antonella Ragazzoni
by Giulia Gasperoni
Yesterday, 18th April 2021, just before 9am a vagrant fire started at the foot of Table Mountain.
The fire spread around the Rhodes memorial restaurant, destroying several buildings and landmarks, including the Mostert Mill and part of the UCT Library. Many students were evacuated as upper campus buildings were also damaged by the fire.
Throughout the day and the following night the Fire and Rescue department has worked tirelessly, with the help of four helicopters that waterbombed the area.
Earlier this morning residents of Vredehoek were also evacuated, due to the fire spreading in that direction. The strong wind today is not helping.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is also on site, helping with injured wildlife.
If you can, please assist with donations via www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/uct-support
Thando Mahlangu, a cultural activist who was asked to leave the Boulders Mall in Midrand, few weeks ago was back with supporters to the mall on Thursday 8th April to speak with the management to be compensated about the humiliation he experienced by the manager of the mall.
The activist that was wearing his Ndebele traditional attire, was told that was dressed inappropriately.
No agreement was reached during the meeting so the matter will now be escalated to the courts.
credit images : Antonella Ragazzoni, Dianah Chiyangwa
#Ndebele #ThandoMahlangu #culture #discrimination #Southafrica
SOUTH AFRICA WON THE PINK ODI AT THE WANDERERS TO LEVEL THE THREE-MATCH SERIES 1-1 ON SUNDAY 4TH APRIL IN JOHANNESBURG.
Although it was the best match ever SA vs Pak Betway ODI series at Wanderers Stadium, the controversial run out by Quainton De Kock during the match has the spirit of cricket damaged and sparked a debate. South Africa won the Pink ODI at the Wanderers to level the three-match series 1-1, and the first 300 + total for SA ODI since July 2019.
Credit images: Dianah Chiyangwa/aan-images
ON LIVE Centurion Pakistan are in the commanding position, South Africa requires 192 runs in 25 overs, 6 wickets in hand
Text by Giulia Gasperoni
We want to celebrate the beauty and power of wildlife with some of our favourite pictures.
The theme for 2021 is "Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and the Planet". A forest is not just the exotic setting for an adventure novel or the enticing picture to use as a screensaver, it is a living and breathing entity that provides shelter, sustenance, comfort, nourishment to many communities around the globe.
Forest or river, mountain or valley, lake or desert - every habitat and ecosystem on Earth has value and purpose. By damaging even one little bit (and we have been doing much worse than that), the whole world suffers.
Join us in celebrating beautiful, wild Mother Nature and take a moment to reflect about how you can contribute to a healthier and happier planet with your daily choices.
Some of the endangered plants at a nursery in the Kruger National Park. It now has stock of over 185 KNP plant species ranging from trees and shrubs to aloes and other interesting succulents. Included in this number are the critically endangered Swazi Lily and the Wild Ginger, both of which are under cultivation in the nursery. Image credit Dianah Chiyangwa