In its National Development Plan, South Africa has pledged to provide all its people, rich and poor, with access to information communication technologies.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, most of which is concentrated in the member states of the South Africa Development Community.
Apartheid South Africa was all about discrimination. White supremacy ran so deep that black inferiority was enforced by ensuring that the best and perhaps only sporting facilities were reserved for and provided to white citizens. We zoom in on what the situation with sporting facilities looks like in the new South Africa in rural areas, and what this means to rural youth in Limpopo.
Freedom of expression, of creativity and of association was not a given in pre-1994 South Africa. Redwood is a band made up of youths, mostly from rural Limpopo, expressing themselves in their music. We learn what it means to them to have such liberties in South Africa and how they want to make a living out of these “rights.”
As all South Africans are entitled to opportunities in commercial enterprise, they all deserve opportunities in social entrepreneurship as well.
Levels of unemployment are high the world over. South Africa is no exception, with the highest levels in rural areas such as Limpopo. Young people are the ones hit the hardest. Economists, social commentators and politicians alike have put faith in youth entrepreneurship as the answer.
Are these malls in rural South Africa beneficial, or the wrong type of development initiative?
In terms of innovation and technological influence, no industry or device has affected South Africa like telecommunications and the mobile phone.
Unlike the apartheid era, democratic South Africa is now investing in higher-education funding for its youth. The University of Limpopo is used as a case study to assess this policy’s effectiveness.