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With xenophobic attacks resurging in some parts of the country in South Africa this year, our young reporters from QwaQwa got together to host an awareness campaign for their community. Their efforts were also rewarded by winning the Best Community Project at the recent Youth Radio Awards 2015!
The Youth Radio Awards that took place in Cape Town on July 16th, 2015 celebrated so many young, passionate and dedicated youth reporters. We received 65 entries from our 17 Young Reporter project sites across the country and there were winners in 7 categories! One of these categories was the Best Community Project, which was deservedly awarded to the ‘Group of Conquerors’ from QwaQwa Radio in the Free State.
This group’s outreach project was an awareness campaign against the xenophobic attacks on immigrants in South Africa. They gathered people to march from Phuthaditjhaba community hall to Freedom Square, which included immigrants from different countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Kenya, Pakistan and many others. Youth Facilitator of the group Nthabiseng Mangojane explains:
“The purpose of the campaign was to express our support to all foreign nationals and plead with South Africans to show the humanity that is within them and cease the attacks on the foreign nationals who have now become part of our communities. We also wanted to bring to the attention of our fellow South Africans that the recurring xenophobic attacks has the potential to backfire and doom the bright future of the young people who are furthering their studies in foreign countries such as Cuba, Turkey and China because they in turn would be at risk of being attacked in retaliation”.
When the march arrived at Freedom Square, speakers representing the diverse community addressed the masses of young people gathered together. Nthabiseng goes on to say: “We can boldly state that the campaign had a huge impact in enriching the minds of many of those who were in attendance.”
Congratulations to them on creating community and demonstrating ubuntu where it is much needed!
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