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A Freedom House survey finds that 47 percent of South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 may not vote in national and provincial elections on May 7. 

report released March 19 following a two-year investigation by South Africa’s Office of the Public Protector found that President Jacob Zuma misappropriated $23 million in state funds to renovate his private home.

Program Officer, Southern Africa


Youth employability in a modern, global economy remains of paramount importance, but equally crucial is affording youth the space and investment in their principled leadership for them to have a greater say over their future.

Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.

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Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning and Director for Central, East and West Africa Programs


Project Director, Southern Africa

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Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).

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