uMama beziboshwa (mother of inmates)

“uMama weziboshwa” which means mother of inmates is about Martha Kekana who is an independent correctional centre visitor acts in the capacity of a mother with the inmates she works with. Her job is to take the complaints of inmates in the male section of Johannesburg correctional centre. This video follows Martha home from work showing what her family life is like.

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Swaziland economy affecting Witsies

The growing financial crisis in Africa’s only absolute monarchy, Swaziland, is costing Swazi Wits students their education.

About 90 percent of Swazi students at Wits are being sponsored by the government according to the chairman of the Swaziland Students’ Society, Mcondisi Dlamini.

Dlamini said he was handling complaints from several Swazi students who were concerned about their funding which has not been a problem in past years.

None of the Swazi students on scholarship has had any of their study material or allowance money paid to them since they started classes this year.

The Swazi government is committed to paying for tuition, accommodation, study material and a food allowance for students on scholarship.

“Whatever decisions are made that side in Swaziland affects students in such a bad way … they’ve been here since February, some January [medical students], and they haven’t gotten anything up to this point,” Dlamini said. He said he started classes in January and because he hasn’t received his allowance, he hasn’t been able to buy “a single book”.

Dlamini felt government funding went beyond paying their fees. By not giving them money to buy books, they were sending the message that it is “ok for them to fail”.  In effect this would not benefit the already struggling economy as the money previously paid towards their fees would be “wasted”.

According to a Wits economist the financial crisis can be attributed to reduced revenue from imports and exports. Christopher Malikane said Swaziland “survives on import duties”. He said the country has no diversified economy and its tax base is small.

 

 

Smart Moves

The Wits Counselling and Careers Development Unit hosted a campaign (Smart Moves) across Wits campuses encouraging students to make “smart moves” about sex, alcohol, gender equality and cultural diversity. The launch of the campaign involved students placing stickers on labels representing issues they are most concerned.

Lights, camera, action…

I’ve just wrapped up my first role as editor for the Vuvuzela news online publication. I believe the person who said that one learns more and more about themselves with time.

I can definitely say that I have added about three more chapters to my life’s story. One of those chapters is definitely called “How I shot and edited a video”. In this chapter I’d describe how I learned  that I can put my creative skills to work on video. I love how I can play with all of my favourite elements including sound, colour and motion.

It was interesting to realise that my mind works quite like a music video. When I imagine anything I feel compelled by my sub-conscious to add to it music, motion and colour. Although this makes me believe more in my ability to be creative, it also gives me the idea that I may think like an overgrown child – a description I don’t mind.

Being child-like is a gift in my view because that way your mind will always be a sponge – ready and willing to take in all things wonderful to learn with the ability to sieve out the ‘bad’ .

In the past week, I had multiple self-taught lessons which included patience, attentiveness and listening well.

I can proudly say that I have one foot in the door in the “run an online publication” classroom and am excited about more lessons to come…

Please view a video I shot and edited with my colleagues Jay and Jan for our publication by clicking on:

http://youtu.be/e-wzUPDdKMw

For a video I shot and edited for a Wits campaign please click on:

http://youtu.be/efkpP5OZLPk