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, giving young people like Anele Mdoda, Khaya Dlanga, Shaka Sisulu, Nik Rabinowitz, Gillian Breslin and Danny K, under the watchful editorship of Mandy Wiener, a chance to speak about themselves and their position as young people in South Africa.KHADIJA PATEL was cajoled into speed dating these young people.
When I first started I was told to never be photographed with a drink in my hand because I’ll give the impression that I’m a drunk. I point out how surreal the problems of young South Africans feel when we’re ensconced in opulence and luxury.
For a generation of young South Africans who have never had to take to the streets to fight tyranny and oppression, Youth Day has become just another public holiday.
There is a growing number of young people who are fed up of being reminded of their debt to the heroes of the struggle, fed up of being reminded of the sacrifice and selflessness. And yet the very notion of being able to “just get on with it” is the articulation of a position of privilege.
Using the example of the Eyewitness News newsroom, she insists women in South Africa face few of the challenges others do.
“Women dominate my newsroom,” she says with obvious pride.
I remember him saying last year that many people don’t understand the added responsibilities that come with being a young, black professional.
“There’s always someone who needs to have their fees paid.
I point out to her a recent study in the United States that found women generally are still relegated to the fluffier journalism, leaving the serious stuff, like politics and foreign policy, to men.
She interjects here with her own experience, the kind of stories she’s covered she says disproves any relevance of the American experience to South Africa.
She points as well to Ferial Haffajee, who as a woman leads one of the most influential newspapers in the country.
Haffajee, Wiener says, is setting the agenda in the media and politics.
Are they really best placed to voice the place of young South Africans?