Reviving Kensington/Factreton

A group of over 50 primary and high school learners gave up their Saturday on 07 February 2015 to attend an Each One, Reach One workshop at St John’s Primary School in Kensington hosted by Activators Keith Knoop and Cathy Achilles as part of their Youth Interpreter Magazine community profiling project.

The magazine is a bi-monthly publication in which Achilles and Knoop profile communities, featuring the area, the residents and inspiring stories from the neighbourhood. As part of the process, the team also identifies a need within the community and host an Each One, Reach One workshop to address the need. 

“For this issue, we had heard about the divide between Kensington and Factreton and used our programme to try to bring unity to the area,” said Achilles. 

To assist them with navigating and profiling the community, Achilles and Knoop usually partner with organisations in the area to take them around and assist them with identifying community members to interview. 

“In Kensington, we partnered with the organisation Revive #593 as we had met them before and were aware of their passion to unite the community,” said Achilles.

The event kicked off with learners being given magazines, paper, pens and glue to create past, present and future collages representing their lives and dreams for the future. After they had finished, Cathy Achilles shared her life story, detailing how she found out that her conception was a result of rape and the effect that this had on her life. The learners were given the message that each of them mattered and that they should work hard to create the future that they want.

The second exercise had learners lining up with their eye closed while listening to statements and questions facilitated by Knoop. The point of the exercise was to highlight that even though we feel alone, we often experience very similar situations. Questions such as ‘Do you know someone who is addicted to drugs’ and ‘Have you lost a father’ saw a high number of learners stepping forward to show that they have been affected by this.

“It was very touching to watch children coming forward who had been affected by these issues,’ said Zahier Davids, founder of Revive #593.

In addition to the above exercises, three local artists, Cheslyn Cupido and Sundro Naidoo who form the hip hop crew SunChez and singer Leeron Malgas, former Idols contestant who will be releasing an album later this year, performed and shared their stories of hope as encouragement for learners to pursue their dreams.

The day ended with a call for a united community by Shawn Peterson, resident of Kensington/Factreton and member of Revive #593. Peterson asked for the community to no longer be divided into Kensington and Factreton, but be known under one name, Windermere, which was the original name given to the area in the 1960s.

* This issue of Youth Interpreter has been selected as the official magazine for the Cape Town Carnival taking place on 14 March 2015. To purchase a copy or to advertise in the magazine, contact hello@youthinterpreter.co.za.

 

STATE OF THE NATION LACKS YOUTH FOCUS

Amidst the media frenzy – both social and mainstream – around the ruckus preceding the State Of The Nation Address, one positive aspect to emerge was the abundance of youth voices commenting on both the commotion and ensuing address by President Jacob Zuma.

In contrast, the youth were glaringly absent from the speech with a mere eight mentions in total, three of them buried in general fluffy PR statements and the latter referring to the ‘Employment Tax Incentive paying off’ and listing the amount of funds disbursed to micro enterprises by the NYDA last year.

According to Parliament’s website, the purpose of the State Of The Nation Address is to ‘assess our country’s domestic and foreign situation and outline what we should do so that we enhance our efforts to achieve a better life for all our people’.

That said, post SONA, there’s no definite information as to the state of the youth in South Africa who make up around 66% of the population.

The President himself repeatedly states that ‘…the youth are our future…’ and yet continuously fails to address the pertinent issues holding youth back from substantial growth and economic freedom.  

As a network of young people around the country, ACTIVATE! feels that while areas of concern affecting youth were raised by the President during SONA, there was no plan of action to address issues unique to the youth of South Africa.

For example, while the President highlighted that jobs grew by 203 000, he failed to address the fact that unemployment among youth is significantly higher than that of adults and that this growth coincided with an increase in discouraged work-seekers, ie: youth who are no longer looking for work.

Activator Hlayisani Ingreet from Durban expressed her frustration in a Facebook post: “Yesterday, I heard Mr Jacob Zuma talking about six million job opportunities for youth. He can say it but there’s no actions for what he [sic] saying.”

At face value, the State Of The Nation did not reflect the state of the youth in South Africa and lacked mechanisms to address specific youth issues. If the President truly believes that youth are the future, then perhaps it’s time he start engaging with us. 

Umzi Watsha

Bendizixelele ukuba andizukuyibukela Ingxelo Ngemeko Yelizwe (State of the Nation Address) ngokuba ndidiniwe kukuva into enye minyaka le. Ndithe xa ndicinga ngezisongelo ze EFF sokuyingxobha lendibano, ndagqiba ukuba andinantshisekelo yokubona loomasikizi. Kuthe kanti andibuzanga egqirheni! Umnxeba wam wesandla ukhale ukhalile ndibuzwa ukuba ndiyijongile na le meko inxubayo, nanku uMongameli welizwe ecelwa ukuba ahlale phantsi – uMongameli weEFF uMnu Malema kukhona afuna kuqwalaselwe ngokukhawuleza. Ndim lo, ndigxanya ndisiya kwamakhelwane ndifuna ukubona kaloku ukuba iyakuzala nkomo ni.

Ndifike kwamakhelwane kuxokozela ingathi kuxhelwa ihagu, ndacela ukwakhela umkhanyo nga le nto yenzeka ePalamente. Umbutho we EFF ucele ukwazi kuMongameli JG Zuma ukuba imali Umkhuseli Woluntu owathi wayisebenzisa ngokungemthetho uzakuyibhatala nini, ezakuyibhatala ngayiphina indlela. Isithethi sasePalamente sithe uMongameli akazanga kuzophendula mibuzo koko uzokothula ingxelo. Abafanga namthanyana abeminqwazi ebomvu besithi uMongameli makabhentsise ukuba uzimisele na ukuyibhatala lemali.
Tyhini bafazi! Yay’ivungama indlu; kwangubhentsu-bhentsu, naku kubizwa abokukhuselo ukuba bakhutshwe kulendlu inengxoxo. Kuyakrutha-kruthwana, kuyakhwazwana. Kuthi qatha engqondweni ukuba yeyona meko yelizwe ke ngokunyanisekileyo. Sesithethela phezulu nje siveza izimvo zethu, zona iintanda kudala zabakho kulendlu. Sekubuhlungwana ngokuba ezintanda zibonakala pha phezulu kungentsuku zatywala uphahla luzokuwa, idilike le ndlu kuthiwa nguMzantsi Africa.

Kulombhodamo oomama abaphethe indlu babhula besambeza nabo bezama ukubuyisela ucwangco. Kuthi tha ukuba le mali yasetyenziswayo, gabula Mkhuseli Woluntu, yayizizigidi ezimakhulu amabini anamashumi amahlanu. Ngokwezibalo zika Statistics South Africa elilizwe linabantu abazizigidi ezingamashumi amahlanu. OkaZuma ngewanika wonke ummi welizwe isigidi esinye, aphinde aqhubeke akhe ipomakazi lezigidi ezingamakhulu amabini. Cinga nje ukuba ungasenzani isigidi esinye?
Elizweni apho izigidigidi ezingamakhulu asixhenxe ziphelela kubuqhophololo, libe liphethwe ngabantu abazingomba isifuba ngokuthi bayilwela lenkululeko. Ndiyazibuza ukuba babelwela ukutya imali ngoluhlobo na. Ngoomama notata abanjani abangazikhathaziyo ngendlala egqubayo, ababukelayo ulutsha lumka nomoya. Le mikhuba ihlathuzelisa amanwele egilwa ziingwevu ilungiselela njani elilizwe ukuze ubeyimpumelelo Umboni ka 2030 yophuhliso lwelilizwe (Vision 2030)?
Andiyibukelanga ingxelo. Ndohlulekile kukumamela umntu omdala exoka. Abahle nabalwela ngokwenene sebalala ngoxolo.