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It’s a Black/White Issue


Laws that enforced racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships by criminalizing interracial marriage were in force in many US states until 1967 when they were more or less scraped, thus making Obama possible. In South Africa, the ban on interracial sex was lifted in 1985 and in 1991, Michael Jackson – who had more of a right to tackle this issue than anyone else – sang the deeply meaningful and catchy ‘Black or White.’

Yet, in supposedly progressive 2012 the Democratic Alliance’s Student Organisation felt fully justified in slapping an entwined multiracial couple onto a membership campaign poster and captioning it with a primarily old-fashioned: “In OUR future, you wouldn’t look twice.”

Where do they think this is, the South Africa that was in the grip of apartheid circa Immorality Act of 1957? Who, in this day and age, even looks twice at multi-racial couples? I had always assumed that a same race couple raises more eyebrows than an interracial one.

How wrong I was… and how right DASO was!

Intolerance, ignorance and blind hatred quickly hijacked the conversation as everyone from the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) to that-girl-who-had-her-boyfriend-stolen-by-a-white-chick jumped onto the bandwagon.

The Christian Democratic Party outdid themselves by calling the poster ‘sexually immoral’ and then trying to make it an AIDS-related issue, then proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot by linking it to farm murders. That holier-than-thou attitude fooled no one when words like distasteful and insulting were bandied about. Did you find the image itself ‘distasteful’ or was it the concept of a lily-white man sullying himself with a black woman that you found particularly ‘insulting’?

Barely civil and wildly racist theories abounded about this metaphorical representation of a future South Africa. The irony is that, in attempting to imagine a non-racial future, DASO kicked off the mother of all racial arguments. Are we really a society that takes umbrage at two consenting adults, who happen to have different skin colours choosing to be together? Have we lost our minds South Africa? Is this what we are reduced to arguing about?

If nothing else, DASO’s metaphorical poster has once again exposed the hypocrisy and bigotry that always seems to be simmering beneath our façade of rainbow happiness.

Personally, I choose to imagine a beautiful, beige future, where black and white are no longer barriers to communication but form a basis for us to relate to each other because interracial relationships are inevitable. Embrace them.


To  see more reactions on the DA Youth campaign, read this post: DA Youth Gets Controversial

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A Walking Generation: Every Generation Needs A New Revolution

If one takes into account all the talk and noise from our leaders, it’s understandable for one to be convinced, depending which side you’re on, that we’re at the dawn of a time of delivery. It is worth noting that the expectations we have are justified but as the same time they require one to be reasonable. It’s becoming clearer that in this system we live in that one has to think differently and shift his or her source of expectation. It requires one to have an enquiring or educated mind that can clearly distinguish between what’s been said and what’s been done, and what needs to be said and what you need to do.

It’s important that we move away and cleanse ourselves from a system or culture that holds us back – the culture of entitlement. We need to understand that politicians will say what they need to say to achieve their desired outcomes and as much as we cannot totally dismiss their mission and vision but we need to know what is it we can do on our own within that vision to achieve our dreams and change our lives for the better.

The New Growth Path says it must provide bold, imaginative and effective strategies to create the millions of new jobs South Africa needs. Whether the NGP will achieve its objective remains to be seen but we, the young people, cannot wait for the NGP or President Zuma to save us. We must welcome their intervention and their efforts but they should meet us halfway. We look forward to a time when our economic system will finally be able to deliver jobs and sufficiently fight the scourge of poverty but we can no longer sit and mourn. It’s time we roll our sleeves.

Thomas Jefferson once said every new generation needs a new revolution. It is evident that our revolution won’t be on the streets, but within. It’s a revolution that requires us to shun ignorance and to be the seekers of knowledge and understanding… to embrace curiosity, chase inspiration and be obsessed with ideas.

Our qualifications alone don’t seem to be delivering us and maybe the world or employers are looking for something extra. It calls for us to be an educated generation way beyond class room; a confident, creative and passionate generation. It is said that a tree does not move unless there’s wind. Maybe our wind is too weak and needs a little push. We are not and can never be a lazy generation, and we need to show that through our actions and behaviour.

I propose four steps we can take right now Read the full story

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Morning Glory with Flava!


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Hot personalities and a cup of coffee make for a little flavour in the morning

By Motheo Khoaripe

Since our last chat with MO Flava, his breakfast team has welcomed new members and a new flavour to Joburg’s top youth radio station. I parted with my blankets at ungodly hours of the morning to try catch up with the peeps that make up the new breakfast menu.

Arriving at the Y studios it’s quite unsettling seeing people highly energised and ready to work at 5am, especially when you are the only one feeling half dead. I make friends with the kettle and coffee supply as the team gathered around new executive producer Kutloano ‘Kuxx’ Nhlapo to finalise the morning’s show. The varying personalities are clear but one thing is common, pure talent and a serious sense of humour.

The 23 year old Daveyton-born producer relayed his story of breaking into regional radio, citing the hardships he experienced juggling a day job and a late show on a campus radio station. He tells of his love/hate relationship with radio that started while he was in high school in Benoni making trips to the Rosebank studios, trying to get exposure to a career path he loved so dearly. It wasn’t all romance and roses, he highlights, recounting the many muggings, dropping out of college and investing his salary in voiceover demos while trying to break the radio fold.

His ability to be patient and his hard work paid off when he pitched a new format and way forward for the show in front of an intimidating Yfm senior staff, after which a contract and an intense shadowing process with then outgoing Executive Producer Tsheko, left him feeling at home with his new challenge. When I inquired about the late nights and early hours he would be having, he simply said the pace and madness that happens comes with the territory, one he thoroughly enjoys. He added that radio’s mental artistry keeps him forever intrigued and the opportunity to express one’s creativity with an energetic listenership makes it all worthwhile for the deep-voiced producer. Read the full story

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Paradox Fam: Street Style Redefined

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What is Paradox Fam?
Paradox Fam is an entity which focuses on being the cool or pursuing the cool! The team consists of 12 members. We all live in Joburg. Some live in the north, some in the east and others in the south, and central Joburg is our playground. It is where we get all out vintage clothing, find inspiration and meet with interesting people. Most of us are fashion designers, DJs and graphic designers.

Is this a movement?
The sense of belonging is the greatest thirst that any young or old soul can have. We have found a fountain in each of us as a team, and as individuals. We all want to reach or cultivate each other’s potential. Read the full story

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When We Were Black


I love the colour of my skin, the rhythm in my body and the texture of my hair. As humans, we’ve had to be defined and classified by our outer appearances, social class, income group, etc, by those that controlled our countries at the time. It was done so they knew exactly how much, where, who and what we do. Census blah blah blah, understood. They called us “black.” So, I’m black and I embrace and love it.

What I do hate however, is the mentality and stereotypical behaviour that is associated with this colour today. Other race groups assume certain negative traits and actions with “mandaki” like crime, early pregnancy, AIDS, poverty, chaos, noise, and vandalism.

But, what I hate even more is those few who make it a point to live up to and wear these garments we get dressed in with a hint of pride! Before you hate me and call me a traitor Let me explain…

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I Wish You a Job

As we witness yet another year dawn, we are still struggling with harsh realities of unemployment. Poverty is still in our homes and our degrees and qualifications are not saving the situation. They say South Africa’s general rate of unemployment is 26%, a round number of about 6 million. Among the youth, that rate is double.

Looking at our situation, it’s plain to see that these are the times that call for one to examine the shoes one’s been walking in. Our traditional ways of seeking jobs are in crisis and the sooner we realize this, the sooner we stop depending on the classifieds and job seeking agencies. Career experts estimate that at least 75% of job openings are never advertised. We have to believe there are jobs out there, even when the world screams “another job bloodbath.” When I woke up to reality in my tertiary years, I had to apply these tools:

Mind Shift: While I was doing my final year, I read a quote that says “getting a job is a job itself.” Then, I wanted to work in advertising. I spent hours researching the industry, top agencies, top personalities, CEOs, founders, success industry stories and successful campaigns. In order to get a job, I had to know and understand what I was looking for. Within two months of leaving school, I got my internship at one of the top advertising agencies, TBWA Hunt Lascaris. This was not an advertised job and I did not come from an advertising school. It was an unpaid post. I realized earlier that to move up in life, I had to take different steps. I had to do some things others do not find exciting.

Volunteering: It’s hard to suggest or recommend volunteering to a hungry man and it’s harder to suggest it to an “educated” man who believes the world owes him something. I was told that volunteering will not only give me the experience I need, but it will put be in a better position to be hired; that one has a better chance of being hired if one’s doing something than doing nothing at all. Volunteering might not sound appealing to some people but I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. I volunteered for about six months before I was offered a job as a Breakfast Producer at Metro FM.

Ideas: When I decided to leave everything and focus on my passion – radio – I spent time listening and studying DJ Fresh. I studied every link, every feature, his approach, his personality. I studied his ideas. I approached him with my ideas. When he allowed me to contribute ideas on his show, it gave me such confidence that if I could keep up, I could produce for anyone. Later, I approached Glen Lewis. I asked to be his intern and offered him my ideas. He told me that good ideas should never be ignored. In his words, “If your ideas are good, an arrangement can always be made.” Glen made the arrangement. I got hired. Sharing ideas does not necessarily mean they will be used as they might not be suitable for various reasons, but they put you at a better chance of showing what you can do given a chance. Sometimes we have to sell our passion and skills more than our qualifications. And if you come up with one idea, you can come up with many. The bottom line is we should never be scared or too educated to share ideas.

Curiosity! It allows us to go beyond what we see and seek answers to those questions that may seem mysterious to a lazy eye. Curiosity has allowed me to do so many things I was never trained for because I wanted to know “how do they do that?” Curiosity allows you to jump out of your environment, see possibilities and test your limits. Curious people are interesting people. Sometimes being “interesting” is the plus factor you need when selling yourself. I don’t know what makes you interesting, but for me it is information. I read a lot. Being informed is never to show off but to build myself, to follow, to understand the world, to formulate ideas, hold conversations, build relationships and be a confident person.

I wish you a job. I wish you success.

By Chuma Kave
Founder – Rebels of Poverty
Radio Producer, Radio Lecturer, Blogger and an aspiring Social Entrepreneur

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