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Community activists honored in Media for MLK Day



“This is indeed a day in which we remember and celebrate the life and struggles, and the victories, of the great African American Dr. Martin Luther King …
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Four South African franchises reveal ‘Super Hero’ jerseys and social media has had its say


South Africa’s Super Rugby sides have released new jerseys inspired by Marvel’s Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and Captain America, which will be worn in this years competition.

But the idea has drawn a mixed reaction from social media users.

All four South African franchises have had their jerseys redesigned and will be on show for the first time on February 3rd, as part of the South African double-header on February 3rd in Cape Town.

They will be only be used in South African derbies throughout the season, the teams will wear in their usual jerseys for matches against international opposition.

A press release littered with puns said: “The Emirates Lions will be dressed in the familiar webbed suit of Spider-Man; the Cell C Sharks will adopt the Black Panther look; the…

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South Africa to engage media on recent international developments – African Daily Voice


Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu. Photo : RR

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The South African Minister of International Relations and cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, is set to engage the media on recent international developments.

Included in her agenda are recent DRC elections, UN Security Council agenda and upcoming international engagements for South Africa.

On 30 December 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo conducted its Presidential Election held under the combined Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections was held on 30 December 2018.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) is moving towards announcing the final results of the elections with the opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi already pronounce a preliminary…

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In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media


Babatunde Okunoye is a research officer at Paradigm Initiative. Follow him on Twitter @TOkunoye.

In 2010, protests swept across North Africa and the Middle East after a Tunisian vendor self-immolated in protest of police confiscating his cart. During those protests, activists’ skillful use of social media was pivotal in mobilizing the public and ultimately toppling strongmen like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Since then, African leaders have turned to increasingly sophisticated forms of censorship to limit free speech and curb people’s ability to organize via platforms. Their most recent strategy: taxing people for using social media. Although African leaders claim they need these taxes to shore up government revenue, social media taxes are merely censorship cloaked in an economic argument.

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African leaders wake up to the power of social media


Former SA president Jacob Zuma Picture: Bongani Mbatha African News Agency (ANA)

Johannesburg – When South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, a proud traditionalist, joined Twitter recently, it was a vivid signal that politicians on the continent are slowly but surely waking up to the power of social media in modern-day political discourse.

The response has been mixed.

Some African politicians, like Zuma, have appeared to drag themselves into the 21st century to finally embrace platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a  way of wooing millions of citizens, including millennials often unhappy with their governance.

But several governments have lashed out at what they often see as the use of social media by opponents to sow dissent, and have taken punitive measures.

Part of the…

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African leaders wake up to the potency of social media in politics – The Citizen


When South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, a proud traditionalist, joined Twitter recently, it was a vivid signal that politicians on the continent are slowly but surely waking up to the power of social media in modern-day political discourse.

The response has been mixed.

Some African politicians, like Zuma, have appeared to drag themselves into the 21st century to finally embrace platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a way of wooing millions of citizens, including millennials often unhappy with their governance.

But several governments have lashed out at what they often see as the use of social media by opponents to sow dissent, and have taken punitive measures.

In a homemade video marking his Twitter debut in mid-December, Zuma, who is usually more in his element…

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