The choice of a public bathroom should be an easy one depending on your sex, a luxury that most transgender students doesn’t have. With all the stress that comes with being transgender no one needs the whole world weighing in on whether they should use the male or female bathroom.
Ironically this is a conversation that has politicians in the United States of America butting heads. South Dakota governor, Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill on the first of March 2016 that would have forced transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their sex at birth. Transgender celebrity, Caitlyn Jenner called on Daugaard to throw out the bill, which the governor did after vast opposition from organisations such as the Human Rights Campaign.
The bill was seen as discriminatory by all opposition, a hurdle even in 2016 transgender students and the entire population have to deal with. Even here in Africa transgender students face discrimination and disrespect towards their preferred gender. Postgraduate student, Sandile Ndelu from the University of Cape Town spoke on how so much is yet to be done to address the needs of transgender students in an interview in 2015. Talks with students such as Ndelu shed light on how urgent solutions should be reached as more and more transgender students are attempting and succeeding suicide and experiencing violent attacks.
The 88th Academy Awards made history as actor Leonardo DiCaprio won his first ever Oscar, but it’s not DiCaprio’s golden statue that has the acting community chattering. After over 50years of business, the Oscars’ organisers are yet to tackle the race factor. Many A list stars like Jada Pinkett-Smith and her spouse boycotted the ceremony this year due to the lack of diversity in nominations, which didn’t include any performers of colour.
The black community seems to be divided in not the problem but solution, stars like Whoopi Goldberg are against the boycott stating, “Boycotts to me are a pain in the butt. If you want to boycott don’t go see the movies. If we are not here, then we’re really not here.”
While others may be of the opinion that black people have the BET Awards and don’t nominate white people like actress Stacy Dash and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. The black oriented awards show actually appreciates all performers, with nominees and winners ranging from the likes of Sam Smith to Iggy Azalea. The comparison is pitiful to the Oscars and only fuels the frustration of the black community with so many deserving black acts.
The host of the ceremony this year, Chris Rock joked about the situation in a bid to lighten up the mood but was faced with a response to take the matter seriously from Jada Pinkett-Smith. The topic of racial discrimination is not an easy one and the public can only hope the Oscars hype of next year will bring with them a positive buzz.
With one of the biggest and, arguably, most successful economies on the African continent, South Africa still finds itself in the midst of load shedding. Compared to larger power houses like, China who have used as much as 439 billion KW/h in 2008. South Africa struggles with power cuts at about 40 billion KW/h.
Fellow African countries like Nigeria use less power with an average of 10.24 billion in 2008, while generating a more vibrant economy mainly from their oil industries. One should also keep in mind most of Nigeria is rural according to the World Bank report 2014.
A breakdown of South Africa’s use of electricity as a nation sheds more light on its high consumption of power. Eskom reports majority of the electricity consumed is in industries sitting at 37.7% and mining at 15%. Bringing the concern of high power consumption to a need as 57.7% is directed at growing the economy.
Since the high consumption is a need, different industries are taking the initiative to put up solar panel systems to meet their demand for power.
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The prestigious association faces its toughest challenge yet…
A once beautiful game has been tainted and defamed by officials who, in the words of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, “…were expected to uphold the rules that make soccer honest…” Words said at a conference held to formally charge FIFA officials accused of corruption and money laundering amongst other charges. The misconduct is alleged to go back as far as 2decades, as the officials have been accepting bribes and issuing media and marketing rights for FIFA games for an estimated $150million. Touching closer to home South Africa’s 2010 World Cup is being stated to have been a result of bribery. An estimated $10million is said to have been negotiated between former South African president, Thabo Mbeki and former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter. The money was allegedly deducted from South Africa’s organising budget for the World Cup; needless to say this takes away the importance of the event being held in Africa for the first time. Though Mbeki claims the payment was made in support of soccer in the Caribbean US authorities adds the incident to FIFA’s list of bribes. Hopefully FIFA can return to its former glory but for now the world looks on as the case continues to unravel.
DEFORESTATION GETTING OUT OF HAND
Deforestation is a problem that keeps growing, so much so even rap artists are getting involved. Using art to raise awareness.
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Trees play a significant role in the running and survival of planet earth and it’s safe to say planet earth’s inhabitants are not paying attention. Research has shown that about 15 million trees are being removed from earth but with a mind bottling 5 million being planted. These statistics pose a great concern as trees deal with a number of issues like the greenhouse effect and climate change. Issues responsible for many disasters across the globe, top of the list are the rising of sea levels which have affected the likes of Bangladesh. However some people are taking initiative like the American rapper, Prince Ea, who recently released a video on YouTube addressing the problem. The video touches on careless rants of figures in power namely, Sarah Palin Governor of Alaska who do not take the matter seriously and challenges people to be the change needed. Prince Ea is involved with the STANDFORTREES organisation as his way of saving earth. The organisation aims at protecting forests which fights the greenhouse effect and climate change at the same time. Only time can tell if these initiatives will help, for now we can try our hardest to avoid apologizing to tomorrow’s generations.