Friday, October 05, 2018

Human trafficking

 Mariechen du Plessis from hands 4 heart spoke to us on:

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. ... Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Following the reports of femicides that have shaken our country and have rendered the safety of women null and void, it’s an unfortunate reality that the worst still looms throughout our country in the form of human trafficking.

More and more posts appear on our social media feeds about missing individuals and about the different syndicates and techniques that traffickers use to abduct people. 

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Friday, September 21, 2018

isiXhosa culture comes to life at Artscape

Artscape Theatre Centre is gearing up to host the return of the much-anticipated classic - Buzani Ku Bawo, to carve a road map to increase the use of isiXhosa language.

Buzani Ku Bawo will be held from the 03 to 06 October at 19:30 is one of many isiXhosa stories that will be staged as classics to promote and share the culture and language of AmaXhosa.

Adapted and directed by Thokozile Ntshinga, Buzani Ku Bawo is a drama about love, family relationships and conflicts that arise when traditional expectations clash with changing values. The high-quality production, written by Witness K Tamsanqa, also highlights the power of love and that one is meant to have a chosen one.

The play follows Artscape’s recent successful staging of the production as a set work that was seen by thousands of Grades 11 and 12 isiXhosa learners from the greater Cape Town area.

The production is an integral part of Artscape’s mission as an inclusive cultural centre for all and showcasing all arts genres for more than four decades, making it stand out as an iconic cultural beacon in the Western Cape.

Tickets are available at Box Office, Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7839) and Computicket Outlets ranging from R45 – R80.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Science competition gets learners excited!

The Science  Learning Centre for Africa of the University of the Western Cape will be hosting an annual science club competition where schools from the Cape Wineland region can participate in an inter-school science competition

The competition will be taking place at Worcester from 9am until 3pm

The science clubs is an initiative of the UWC-SLCA to promote greater participation, excitement and enthusiasm for science amongst learners from this region. It is expected that a total of about 250 learners will be participating in the competition. The competition will be divided in two sections, namely a primary and a secondary section that will allow all learners to compete on an equal basis. 

In the science competition, learners will be expected to come up with creative and innovative exhibitions, experiments and demonstrations while at the same time explaining the processes that lead to the outcomes of the activity. They will be judged and scored for understanding, handling of equipment, originality, presentation and safety.

Producing workplace-ready for graduates

The Independent Institute of Education is a division of the JSE-listed ADvTECH Group, is Africa’s largest private education provider.

The IIE is most accredited registered private higher education institute in South Africa, and the only one accredited by The British Accreditation Council, the independent quality assurance authority that accredits private institutions in the UK. By law, private higher education institutions in South Africa may not call themselves Private Universities, although registered private institutions are subject to the same regulations, accreditation requirements and oversight as Public Universities.

Mr Kriel advise all students still in high school go with their heart when it comes to choosing what they would want to study. It is not always a easy process and most learner still do not know what they want to go into heading into the end of matric exams

The IIE and its brands are widely recognised and respected for producing workplace-ready graduates, many of whom become industry-leaders in their chosen fields. The IIE offers a wide range of qualifications, from post-graduate degrees to short courses, on 20 registered higher education campuses across South Africa.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A national movement advocating for sex workers rights

Sisonke is a national movement advocating for sex workers rights’ access to health and human rights. Please receive attached is a Sisonke press release on 2018 national meeting for immediate release.

The meeting starting on 17-20 September 2018 attracted sex workers from all nine provinces, social activists, ambassadors acting as the movement’s volunteers’ and an invitation was extended to partners providing much needed health care services including; Lifeline Northern Cape, TB/HIV Care, Wits Reproductive Health Institute, Free State’s Qholaqwe, Humana, Centre for Positive Care, Oasis, Amaqhawe, Hlokomela, Sex Worker Education & Taskforce, Sotho, Munnandinnyi.

Sisonke National Coordinator, Kholi Buthelezi believes; “The national meeting reminded us the importance of Sisonke’s existence as the leading organisation in South Africa fighting for sex workers’ rights, accessibility to health services and link them to referral networks. The meeting strengthened partnership relations and with members with members and partners”.

The meeting also served as an opportunity for 44 new members to join Sisonke adding their much needed voice for sex workers’ daily struggles through indignities of continued violation of human rights and injustices in most cases perpetrated by law enforcement agencies like South African Police Service.

With support from South African National Aids Council, COSATU, Asijiki Coalition, Sonke Gender Justice and many other organisation supporting the call for accessibility to primary health care service, as an organisation Sisonke is ready for a robust public debate with government and all relevant parties to forge a way forward better the lives of sex workers and ordinary South Africans.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa

SERI is a public interest law litigation clinic, which means they work with communities in ensuring that their Human Rights are respected. They are also a research institute, which does research and advocacy on the number of issues that they work with.

The first was looking into the issues of housing and evictions that were taking place but the work that they’ve began looking at was ensuring that the socio-economic rights of people are respected and that people are able to exercise their rights as far as elections. SERI is producing the documentary together with Two Spinning Wheels Film Production and Pegasys Institute. The Constitution guarantees the right to water and sanitation for everyone. These rights cannot only be enjoyed by the wealthy, able-bodied and people living in formal settlements to the exclusion of low-income households, people living with disabilities and those in informal settlements.

They have taken on a number of cases and worked on a number of research projects that have highlighted wants and needs and how they can better socio-economic and human rights.  They have furthered their research and advocacy work, and participated in a number of exciting civil society and government engagements. These include workshops and dialogues with the South African Cities Network, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing, the South African Human Rights Commission, and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.

In terms of our research, they've recently launched a user-friendly guide on the right of domestic workers and a working paper on the City of Johannesburg's decision to withdraw the universal provision of free basic water. Some older research on the realisation of the rights to housing, water and sanitation has also been published by the Foundation for Human Rights. This user-friendly resource guide aims to create awareness of the rights of domestic workers and the obligations of employers in terms of the domestic employment relationship. It explains what the law says about domestic workers and gives practical advice on how domestic workers can engage with their employers. SERI also launched a series of short, mobile-friendly information sheets on the rights of domestic workers in IsiZulu.

Written By: Micurls Muller

Khulumani Support Group

Khulumani Support Group was founded in 1995 by three women, when parliament was debating an acts called The Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act. Victims were not directly consulted about any aspects of the act.

People have come to know each other because they have participated in supporting families who had children in detention decided that they should make their own decision about whether to engage with something of which they have never been consulted about. The result was small Khuluma group that said it’s lucky that the benefits will be greater than the disadvantages of participating. It ended up in doing a lot of advocacy, especially on radio telling people about the GRC, because the concern was that if there were only going to be 18 months for veterans, it was very likely that of people would be left out the GRC process and that has been brought out because in the 18 months of its operation only 22 000 people had their statements taken. The consequences are that the hundred and four thousand people now on data base, nearly all of them qualify for any of the remedies. Remedies such as reparations. The overall purpose of reparations is to restore the dignity of survivors, to accompany the rebuilding of affected communities and to facilitate the reintegration of survivors.

Khulumani continues to stand up to remind the South African government of its as yet unfulfilled commitments to dealing with the consequences of the collective trauma of the violent past to ensure that harmed individuals and communities can be restored to a dignified existence.

Written By: Micurls Muller