South African Government Stands Against Racism

Department of Justice does its part to take a stand against discrimination

Cape Town, March 31 – The South African government is set to take certain measures against racist posts on social media platforms. Rants of this nature deliberately hinder the country’s move toward progression within South Africa and toward social cohesion, nation-building and strengthening our democracy.

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Above; Acting Director General of GCIS, Below; The South African Constitution

Actions put in place

The Acting Director General of Government Communication and Information Systems, Donald Liphoko, said; “It is unfortunate that such comments follow hot on the heels of the country commemorating Human Rights Day. Government will actively pursue offenders through all available mechanisms including confronting employers and will not allow incidents of racism to define us as a country.”

The Department of Justice is also doing their part in making sure all citizens are secure of any shape or form of discrimination. Victims of racism and discrimination and can now seek justice by filing a case at their nearest police station, or through the South African Human Rights Commission and the Equality Courts, as racism is a direct violation of the each and every South Africans’ Constitutional and Human Rights. The Department of Justice is in the process of finalising the National Action Plan against racism and Related Intolerances which will help combat racism within our country.

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First democratically-elected president of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela; Wikimedia Commons

Leave the past where it belongs

South Africa’s racially segregated past has left many citizens still living with the scars today, but it is no secret that we now live in a democratic country, since the first democratic election of late former president Nelson Mandela in 1994. Meaning that South Africa is governed by a constitution and law that applies to those who live within the borders of our country. We should be helping promote social cohesion and a peaceful co-existence, and not trying to revive apartheid.

South Africa: to data or not to data

Image compliments of Google.com

Image compliments of Google.com

Technology and Data is slowly taking over the world it is just a matter time before it invades the whole of South Africa. As one analyses technological development in South Africa, it is quite slow, but new technological trends do eventually reach us. Now with data journalism making its way into our media industry slowly but surely. Data journalism, as explained in the previous posts about the rise of Data journalism around us, is more a computer assisted journalism. So why is it important that South Africa join in on this transformation of journalism? Maybe because we are very quick on following global trends, so why not follow it when it comes to media?
Well from as far I can see, Data journalism is actually starting to show face in our country. But according to Raymond Joseph, South African media is very slow on the uptake of data journalism and coding. He refers to a technological organisation, Code For South Africa, and he also describes their aim; “The aim of what we are doing is to promote informed decision-making and we do this by taking data and building tools that deploy it in a way that journalists and other non-tech people are able to use without having to know how to code.”, but then goes on to explain that this process in South Africa is long and a “hard slog”. Code4SA wants newsrooms to not only use data journalism with illustrations like maps and visualisations, they also want “actionable information that people can use to get a better understanding of a situation and act on”. And South Africans can learn a lot from this.
Stephen Abbott Pugh goes on to say that rest of African media should adapt onto the Technological change within media. He, this time, refers to the Code For Africa association (Code4SA is like a sub-association under Code For Africa). “Code for Africa has had great success with projects that focus on creating “actionable data” for citizens.”, like what the Code4SA is trying to do in South Africa.
So in conclusion, even though when it comes to data journalism in South Africa, it is a very slow process, but it is here and many organisations are here to make it a reality (Code4SA). Code4SA even organised winter schools in South Africa for Data journalism, this might be to speed up the process of bringing data journalism here. Attracting the youth, so that they can grow within data journalism.