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Students wonder whether the elections will even have an impact on their woes

Political expert Ralph Mathekga says he struggles to find evidence where political parties specifically focus on the plight of students in the country

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As political parties are approaching the end of their rallies heading towards elections next week, students are still not confident about whether the elections will have an impact on their struggles.

48 political parties will take to the streets campaigning in a bid to appeal for more votes, this coming 2019 elections.

According to the Citizen, political expert Ralph Mathekga said he struggled to find evidence where political parties highlighted in their manifestos how they aim at tackling student issues.

Taking that black people have evolved in South Africa but political parties have over the years failed to understand that and instead continued to treat issues related to the black people by still focusing on the older identities of black people which were primarily based on class.

“I am not aware of any party focusing on smaller groups, but you do see students being represented, like what you see in the student command of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

“However, even with this I don’t see a sustained focus on students and I think the message gets swallowed with the bigger message for the nation,” said Mathekga.

Wits student activist Kamohelo Chauke expressed confidence in the Economic Freedom Fighters stating that this stands as the only political party that can answer to the plight of students struggling in tertiary institutions across the country.

“The political space is a walking contradiction,” Mbali Mashaba said.

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Nelson Mandela Day: Uniting to make a difference

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City Waldorf, other student accommodations, social work students from various institutions, and the community of Hillbrow visited the orphanage which houses displaced children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, abandoned and neglected children in the South Africa.

The children were offered food, toys, basic necessities and their orphanage was painted, this was all done through the collaboration of student accommodations, University and high school students, the community including “Spurs” which donated food to the orphanage.

Let us help make everyday a Nelson Mandela day by helping orphanages like “Malaika orphanage centre” to give children a better life, out of the streets, better shelters, help them to go to sleep with a full stomach and allow them have a childhood full of greater unforgettable memories.

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ARVs to be made available for Wits, UJ and TUKS students

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, first institution in south Africa to have Antiretrovirals (ARVs) available for students at their student health care facilities.

Other institution such as Wits, Tuks and the UJ are following in same steps, taking the same initiative to ensure that students have access to ARVs and the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill. 

It was reported that these institutions are currently in talks with the Gauteng Department of Health, which has to evaluate the institutions’ health care facilities as well as accredit them. Only after this process will these universities start rolling out the treatment to its students.

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Gauteng Premier envisions a Gauteng where young people are digital savvy

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The Gauteng premier, David Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address yesterday at the University of Johannesburg, SOWETO on Monday.

Taking that the youth unemployment rate was higher in the first quarter irrespective of the educational level, with a record of 52% of the youth aged between (15-24) unemployed, and among graduates in this age group, the unemployment rate is 31%.

During his speech, he took time to touch on the subject of Youth unemployment, promising the youth of Gauteng that 1 million young people will be equipped digital skills in a bid to make Gauteng the silicon valley of Africa.

He mentioned that this was to get South Africa’s youth ready and equipped to be compatible with the fourth industrial revolution.

Another concern has been the number of people in South Africa living with HIV, with young women making up the largest percentage of people within the country living with HIV.

“Our HIV and Aids programme will target specifically young women because that’s where increases on HIV infections are happening.”

Makhura further stated that, the province will ensure that services including infrastructure and maintenance will be made accessible for the youth.

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