GroundUp thrives

17 Apr 2013 - 16:28
GroundUp - the community media project involving a collaboration between the CSSR, the Community Media Trust and social movements - is thriving. See www.groundup.org.za. In March, two CSSR students edited 'special issues' of GroundUp: Kezia Lilenstein edited a special issue on labour market issues, and Gabby Kelly eidted a special issue on social grants. Kezia's masters dissertation is on the labour market, and Gabby's is on the disability grant. In this week's issue, a third CSSR-based student, Amanda Purtell, reports on her recent trip to deep rural Mozambique, to find and reinterview two sisters who were recently deported to Mozambique by the South African Department of Home Affairs. The sisters came to Cape Town in 2004. Their father was abusive, and in 2007 they were placed in a registered care facility. Now aged 18 and 15, and despite living most of their lives in Cape Town, they have been deported. The sisters speak English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, and were unable to communicate with the Mozambican residents of their new village home. Amanda's masters dissertation examines what happens to young people in care facilities when they leave - or are evicted from - the facilities. When starting her research, she never imagined that it would lead her to rural Mozambique!
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