ExperienceSHIP

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*Credits: Kgopotso Kgwedi

I know I’ve been gone for a minute (months), but I would like to share my internship experience from November 2016 – December 2016. We were given the opportunity to write an article about the whole experience, here it is…

NSQC 2016 CHAMPIONS ARE HERE!

It all began from internship meetings to setting up the vision of the National School Quiz Championships (NSQC) 2016 stage, as well as coming across some mishaps and cheers at the end of the Tournament.

In an intern’s perspective, being involved in an internship was the expectation of learning, co-operating and gaining experience. Surprisingly, the interns got to interact with incredible personalities and received an eye opener about the real world; with hard work and determination champions rise.

Only 23 schools competed in the competition that are situated across the SADC region and brought upon the acknowledgement of Africa as a whole. The NSQC 2016 series was not only intended to bring smart minds together but to educate themselves and others around them. And of course to also add a spin of entertainment for these young champs.

These champs deserved some good braai and relaxing moments before the competition got started. On 3rd December 2016, the learners got to explore the campus at Pearson Institute of Higher Education and interact with other schools. Although, most were anxious to get through the competition, they were able to cool off on a Saturday afternoon with food, music and have a good time. It is all special thanks to CNS that sponsored electronic devices. Refreshments from Sir Fruit provided limitless flavours of juices, also Captain Read water provided by NSQC and Domino’s pizza.

The day arrived for the schools to be on set and ready for the quiz. The show began to film at 11:00am on the 04th December 2016 with the Quiz Master (Tino), ready to roast the learners. The learners described him as a ‘serious guy’ with a ‘don’t mess with me’ face.

Six episodes were filmed and the Quiz Master tested them on Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science (Physics & Biology) History and Technology. This carried on for the next two days, and even the teachers were defeated by the questions asked.

To the final episode, 06 December 2016, in the early morning all was set by 08:00am. Introducing the semi-finalists to sudden death to finals and a tie of rounds before the winners could take the first trophy founded by Thabo Mbeki Foundation. The Marist Brothers Nyanga College from Zimbabwe had won the competition which was not an easy win between the tie with Rand Private College.

The champions of NSQC 2016, Marist Brothers Nyanga College, received the ultimate Thabo Mbeki Legacy Trophy and were awarded R15 000 by CNS. Each of them were proudly given scholarships to study at Pearson Institute of Higher Education.

The other two runner-ups also walked away with an experience to remember. In 2nd place, R1-million worth of bursaries awarded to Rand Private College and in 3rd place, Maru A Pula was awarded bursaries worth R600 000.

A competitive show like this, which requires focus, studying and support from loved ones, makes the competition bearable. One of the learners from St Davids Bonda (Zimbabwe) had lost her mother. NSQC, being aware of her strength and difficult time, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation assisted her by giving out a helping hand in ensuring she reaches home safely and providing her worth R15 000.

Vusi Maqubela, well-known for being one of Thabo Mbeki’s representatives, took part in the NSQC as the Score Master with a cheerful and humorous character. He always believed in enriching learners with the knowledge of Africa since we are Africans after all.

Perhaps, without the help of Thabo Mbeki Foundation, NSQC’s vision would have not been possible. But most importantly, it would have been nearly impossible without the people that made every effort to make it possible. From the interns, SRC members and extra helping hands to top management of Pearson Institute of Higher Education and the very own ‘boss’, co-founder of NSQC and executive producer, Ian ‘Primetime’ Venganai, NSQC 2016 was a success. There is more to look forward to in 2017.

-Joy Bakunzi (Journalism)

YOUNG SOULS

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This song came to my mind when i thought of our youth, we are young 🙂 (this a remix).

The voices of South Africa’s youth were finally heard by the latest trend of #FeesMustFall in 2015. The youth deserve recognition for standing up for themselves and standing up for themselves and fighting for what they believe in. although, there has been the struggle of apartheid and the youth protests in June 1976, there has not been challenged issues especially in a democratic country where citizens still chose to stand their ground collectively. Even though, currently the protests still carry on, no one is certain how long this will go on

Look at what these girls had to say about #FeesMustFall….

 

The youth and older generations need to be aware of their rights. Freedom of speech enables an individual to address whatever concerns and comments he or she may have. The Bill of Rights for a ‘New South Africa’ states in Article 4(3) “All men and women shall be entitled to all the information necessary to enable them to make effective use of their rights as citizens, workers or consumers.”

Previously, along the years of democracy, when the Marikana mine workres protested for higher wages, it resulted in risking lives (violent protests, workers killed, loss of jobs) and families were left devastated.  Instead of resolving issues, more problems are created and freedom of speech id questioned. Since the Marikana protesting, mine workers have lost jobs, which has let their families with no food to put on the table. In this case high unemployment rate rises, poverty increases and the economy stagnates, as well as high inflation rate. This brings about the country being in a ‘stagflation’ state.

Freedom of speech may be practiced but one needs to act accordingly. The students and mine workers took it into their own hands to protest and carry it out continuously until something was done. However, freedom of speech does play a role in overcoming obstacles and individuals are heard.

*Sources:

ANC. (1993). A Bill of Rights for a New South Africa. Available: http://www.anc.org.za/content/bill-rights-new-south-africa

 

SILENCE THE VIOLENCE..

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Have you ever thought about what kids are watching today? Could they be watching similar tv programmes than the older generation? The truth is they are watching twice as much violence than before.

What is media?

A means of mass communication through print, radio and television as well as social media (facebook, twitter, blogs).

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According to Joe Goebel in his research, media plays a role in the development of culture, views and beliefs.

Violence is any behavior that involves physical force, harm or hurt towards someone or something.

Violence is a common theme in movies and television programmes. Also included in children shows (cartoons) which may have an effect on their behaviour ( become aggressive).

An example of a t.v. series called Dexter:

DEXTER

Dexter is a t.v. series that contains suspense, violence and disturbing images of bloody scenes. Dexter the character is the actual hero or ‘good’ guy in the story.

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Toys of ‘Dexter’

Toys of Dexter have been targeted for kids, however, the series is targeted for ages 16-34 or older. It would be inappropriate to send kids the message that it is normal to cut open human beings.

IMPACT

For children violence has become such a norm that it surrounds them everywhere. For example, two kids may get involved in a fight at school and instead of being frighten or call for help, they would rather take pictures or record a video. Because violence is in almost every medium we can think of. Television holds the most powerful tool as it is visual. Society is able to visualise violence and remember more accurately on what they see.

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Reality..

SaturDAY!

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The Homecoming Africa event was a once in a lifetime experience. I was never a fan of these events because I never knew much about them or I could not afford them. But since I went by all means to get the tickets (no I did not do anything mischievous, I simply asked my amazing brother), especially with the theme AFRICA I could not miss this.

Besides the energy from the crowd and artists delivering a great performance, I must say I had a good time from beginning to end.

 

My highlight of the night was meeting Hezron Louw, one of the contestants of TopChefSA. Since I’m such a food person and watch the show almost every week, I recognized him in a split second, walking past me minding his own business and I thought to myself I’ve got to say hi. I approached him and asked for a picture, and to my surprise he offered me a free dish of a chicken coujon (I think that’s what it called). I was not so thrilled by the meal so he suggested that I come by again and get served by him. Such a thoughtful and bubbly person.

You can checkout his great work in the kitchen here: SUMTING fresh and on twitter: @sumtingfresh

 

 

A RACIST SOCIETY

 

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Django Unchained – 2012

 

The Message

The deeper meaning of the film is sometimes misinterpreted with the idea that the film denies the integrity of what happened in the past. For instance, making it seem unrealistic that there was no actual hero in the past that would rescue their wife. But perhaps there was once a hero but the story was never told, instead of regarding it as a fairytale movie of a black man in a cowboy attire. (Reed, 2013).

  • The Truth

Perhaps Tarantino’s main message was to appeal to the present, and not just what had happened in the past. The blacks were at the bottom in regards of equality and social order and are still at the bottom even today. He shows an emphasis on things that had happened years ago are still present and people are living in a cycle of humanity.

This film is about racism with the support of slavery during the pre-Civil War in America. It is an historical fantasy of postmodernism revealing Blaxploitation in western genre. Not leaving out the obvious scenes of violence, brutality and inhumanity.

The great amount of violence used in the film is questioned as is it really necessary to reveal this to current viewers that already know the history of the slaves. Which comes down to showing the audience how brutalized the slaves were carried out and people can relate more or sympathise when it is visualised rather than read or spoken from word of mouth. The audience can experience it for themselves.

There is also a question towards the use of language. Tarantino makes use of the n-word ‘nigger’ in his films. Some critics such as Spike Lee, perceive Tarantino as a racist as how he structures his characters. The question of, if the n-word was not used, is it possible that Django Unchained would have lost its actual meaning that Tarantino is trying to send to the audience. However the most unique question to ask is why does a film such as this exist? Why is there a lot of controversial and hype around this kind of film?

The answers to the above questions can be answered: the reason why there are constant debates and questions surrounding a film like this is because people have been and still are living in a racist society. Racism has been an ongoing battle for many decades and it continues to drag along in the mud. It is not only an ‘American’ racial issue but a worldwide racial issue (Reed, 2013).

  • Racism

Looking closely at the whites in this film, there is a scene in which an offensive slave owner, Calvin Candie, offers his guests dessert; a slice of ‘white cake’ with the notion that he only prefers white cake and only associates himself with white people. In this scene, Candie is surrounded by white women, eating white cake and has a white house which becomes a mask of who he is, a white racist.

At the end of the film, Django makes it clear to get rid of every white slaver and destroys Candie’s perfect white house. The explosion of the white house indicates the rage and loss of the slaves and black people that revenge is paid back to those that overruled them and took advantage. The whole slavery system is bound to come crumbling down. Although, it is not over entirely for black people and other races that are oppressed but an individual or group of activists always seem to step up and fight the battle of racism (Reed, 2013).

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*Reed, A. Jr. (2013). Django Unchained, or, The Help: How “Cultural Politics” Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why? Available: http://nonsite.org/feature/django-unchained-or-the-help-how-cultural-politics-is-worse-than-no-politics-at-all-and-why