Are young people capable of playing key roles in achieving SDGs?

For years now young people have been sidelined in food production, yet they have been at the core in the struggle to end climate crisis, biodiversity loss, food hunger, poverty, water and health security. COVID-19 coming into play, threatening livelihoods and axacerbating nutrition related diseases. This calls for young innovative ideas to solve the problem at hand.

Are young people capable of playing key roles in achieving SDGs? Yes, if given correct platforms at the correct time. Mark Zuckerburg at 19, created Facebook a platform connecting billions of people and a major playground for strategic activism. If one young person could connect the whole world from the comforts of their homes, imagine what a thousand young people with opportunities could do? A look into Gugulethu Mahlangu a young South African farmer changing lives even during the COVID-19 Pandemic which has seen the closing of some institutes which couldn’t adapt thus threatening a lot of livelihoods and pulling a strain on Sustainable Development Goal number 1 which focuses on ending hunger by 2030. The digital world is too complicated for the older generations but it has proved to be a safe working space during this pandemic. This creates more need for young people in all institutes for them to balance the digital spaces.

Food security, according to the World Food Programme, is when people have “availability and adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Rising temperature, change in rainfall patterns and an increase in the frequency and severity of disasters is threatening food supply and access, especially for the world’s most vulnerable – many of whom rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Climate change is caused by the humanity’s increased use of fossil fuels, deforestation and increasingly intensive agriculture. All these can be reduced by the introduction of new innovative ideas and this is where young people come in. A look into Greta Thunberg, the 15 year old from Sweden sparked a global movement of school age students demanding greater action from government to fight climate change. “I want people to know that not only privileged people are aware of climate change.” said Ayakha Melithafa our very own young African. Imagine a world run by youths.

So according to me #StewieLeSavage, I think young people are more capable of handling everything when given platforms because every case study shows all the abilities of young people in their diversity. Young people are today and tomorrow’s leaders, so let them lead.

The Suicide Note

Graphics by Stewie Le Savage

Where were you?
When I cried in silence
With fear of exposing my tears
With fear of letting my voice out
“What will people say?”
Is all I could think of

Where were you?
When they called me names
With their sharp voices
Names that cut deep
Causing uncomfortable sensations in my body

Where were you?
When I laid there inert
With tears rolling down my cheeks and
And the vociferation of my thoughts

Where were you?
When that rope separated my soul from the body
Death calling me in great excitement

Look at you now
In tears, trying to convince yourself that you cared
You had a chance to be there
But you ignored it
Now as I lay lifeless
Detach yourself from those emotions
Allow my soul to rest
Don’t cry for me

Stewie Le Savage

Where most feminists go wrong

Graphics Credit:Stewie Le Savage

Feminism? The belief in social, economic and political equality of the sexes. The black and white definition which most feminists don’t follow. According to them feminism is taking life from men and giving it to women. Most feminists believe in empowering the girl child and ignoring the boy child, forgetting that one day these two would want to build a life together. Focusing on the victim does not solve the problem but focusing on the perpetrator does.

Patriarchy? A system of government in which men hold the power and woman are largely excluded from it. Most of these men are raised by women who teach them that they are superior than women from a very young age. Imagine a world where the boy child is taught that he’s equal to the girl child, there’ll be zero patriarchy and no need for feminism.

So according to me #StewieLeSavage empower the boy child to empower the girl child.

Where most feminists go wrong

Graphics Credit:Stewie Le Savage

Feminism? The belief in social, economic and political equality of the sexes. The black and white definition which most feminists don’t follow. According to them feminism is taking life from men and giving it to women. Most feminists believe in empowering the girl child and ignoring the boy child, forgetting that one day these two would want to build a life together. Focusing on the victim does not solve the problem but focusing on the perpetrator does.

Patriarchy? A system of government in which men hold the power and woman are largely excluded from it. Most of these men are raised by women who teach them that they are superior than women from a very young age. Imagine a world where the boy child is taught that he’s equal to the girl child, there’ll be zero patriarchy and no need for feminism.

So according to me #StewieLeSavage empower the boy child to empower the girl child.

How About You Stop Complaining And Start Working

Many at times we venture into a business without doing a full research on it and when it fails we start blaming the economy, racial and tribal wars. Ever wondered why some people in the same area as you suceed in the same business? They took it seriously and it returned the favour!

The first question you have to ask yourself before venturing into a business is “Why am I doing this?” document every response you’ll get and that will guide you. “What will I benefit?” this will give you reasons to continue with this business idea but before proceeding, consider the Risks associated with it. If they are more than the benefits then I think you should consider changing the idea.

You gain nothing from complaining but you gain more from working. Stop pointing fingers and start finding solutions. Accepting defeat and starting afresh doesn’t mean you are weak, we all learn from our mistakes.

So according to me #StewieLeSavage change starts from within. Life is what you make it, so be the change.

“Umfazi Uyadindwa Madoda”

Madoda ngiyalamukel’ enkundleni
Hlalani linethezeke
Ingimba nanso lizenzel’ umathanda
Umagwebu lay’ uyamoyizela lingalibal’ ukumphephetha limqabula njalonje
Ingid’ iyathunq’ isilindel’ ukulokothw’ ithunq’ ilingis’ uloliwe
Ayitsh’ ingoma yomzabalazo
Phela la! Sizohlomisana ngeceb’ elihle.

Nans’ insumansumane yendidamqondo
Qekele! lalo lal’ izaba
Khusukhusu! silubhekis’ eMadlodlo
Lo lalo upheth’ isigujana
Kuth’ intshelelezan’ iyavuthel’ ihwith’ oSukasihambe
Siyabuhlohla ziyatsh’ umqombothi wehla ngomphinjana
Namuhla sinje singamadoda sizohlomisana ngeceb’ elihle
Ngob’ amagwala sephoqoz’ itshefu atshokoz’ ukufa.
Bath’ owesifazane kayisilutho lwalutho.
Bathi ‘kumel’ abhaxabulwe kuze kuzwele’
Bath’ inhloniph’ iza ngesibhaxo madoda.
“UMFAZI UYADINDWA MADODA”

Bath’ indodandoda ngemgxob’ aphel’ umoya kancane
Ukuze kusasa aguqe athi “BABA UYINHLOKO UYINKOSI”
Bath’ umfazi yize, uyabhulwa
Ukuze kusas’ aviyoce athi “BABA UCHUKU LUDALWE LWAFANELA MINA”
Bath’ umfazi kumel’ agqilazwe
Ukuze azi ukuthi ‘KAYISILUTHO LWALUTHO’
Amaceb’ oluntu loBuntu asibathele
Isilisa sifulathel’ ubudoda baso
Ngegunya bath’ “UMFAZI UYADINDWA”

Namp’ ofeleba bevayindelana ngenkohlakal’ enuka phu!
Bakhohlisana ngehlazo lilibalele
Baphikwa ngamabel’ imilom’ ikhaful’ ingcekeza, phihlilili…kuyesabeka
Iziwula yizo qha ezihlukumezayo, zinyukubeze, zidlwengule, ziphinde zidind’ owesifazane.
Yen’ oyimbokodo, umakhi wezizwe!!

Madoda umfazi udindwa ngothando lenhlonipho.

So according to me #StewieLeSavage today we celebrate the sixteenth day of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence with #KhuluGatsheniKingKG

Because I am a man

The day l set my eyes on her, l saw a masterpiece and made a vow,
I vowed to maker her the mother of my bundles of joy.
Looked up in the sky and by the stars her name was written,
In the map of destiny it was drawn and she became my ride or die.

“I will love you till the tides no longer turn” l promised her but little did l know.
Little did l know that one day l will be her punching bag,that my ring would be a doorstep to suffering.
My face always tattooed with her finger prints,her screams and shouts tormented me each and everyday,
But tolerance became my daily meal
Because l am a man.

They said l was bewitched but l called it the depth of my love for her.
My heart hid what l couldn’t say because l am a man whose sin was to love.
My wounds would bleed profusely but l dressed them with my silent cries as my love for her was deeper than an ocean.
My pain was there yet it was unrecognized,
I was thrashed each and everyday but no one would recognize my scars
Because l am a man

So according to me #StewieLeSavage today we celebrate the fifteenth day of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence with Alicia Pistis Nduna #TheLadyPoet

Because he is masculine

A point they wanted to prove,
A point that they were also strong;
A point that they were feminine,
A point that they were not weak

A point indeed they did prove,
But to their detriment,
Prematurely a life ended

One morning early it started,
The hullabaloo started;
Clinking and breaking they could be heard,
Breaking and clinking utensils could be heard;
But the moans of a man disturbed the street,
The street hitherto asleep woke up with a start

On him women had ganged up,
On him women had pounced,
Like ravenous wolves hungry for meat,
Like lions hungry to finish off their prey,

Different staccato voices could be heard,
Could be heard making orders;
Orders not executed invited a sjambok,
A sjambok they received as reward

The man was severely thrashed,
Thrashed he got that he muted his cry;
To groans his moans turned,
Yet none could come to his rescue;
Yet none could figure he had had enough

The women went wild in their merriment,
In their merriment they went wild,
Wild in delivering a lesson,
A lesson of a life time to him and other men,
A lesson of a lifetime to the masculine,
The masculine deemed lazy and good for nothing,

The climax did come,
Did come when the feminine dragged him out,
Dragged the masculine out early morning,
In his birth suit he was dragged out;
Weak and limp he was,

Yet in their attack the feminine became frenzied,
With a sjambok one flogged him,
As if she was beating a donkey;
Like an angry ostrich the other kicked him;
Like a wrestler another jumped on him

More frenzied the women became when they saw them,
Them spectators and crowds growing;
Each wanted to show she was the best hitter,
And one more angry than others
But, in their merciless gang-attack they didn’t see,
Didn’t see that the man had stopped moving,

On his way to work he stopped them,
Them gang sisters the policeman stopped;
Upon inspection he told them,
Them assailants and dumb struck crowd
That he was dead
That the masculine was dead

The word ‘dead’ caused a stir,
A stir among them attackers,
To their senses they woke up;
Women attackers to their senses woke up

More frenziedly they began to run,
To and fro they began to run;
One tried to wake him up,
Waking him up by calling his name;
With a jar of water the other came,
Came and poured it on the victim;
Another woman,
The wife to the bashed victim-husband,
Tried to resuscitate him,
Mouth to mouth she tried to resuscitate him,
But all in vain

That’s when reality struck all,
Struck all that they had done wrong,
Struck all that they had committed murder

Too late it was now,
With fire inextinguishable they had played
From head to toe they were burning now,
As demon possessed beings,
The sisters-gang to prison went
The sisters-gang to the dock was condemned

Why?

Their feminine strength they wanted to prove,
Their camaraderie they wanted to prove,
By disciplining a wayward husband,
By disciplining a truant brother in law
By disciplining an abusive masculine

It started off as the vaunted domestic disciplining
Into violence domestic it degenerated,
A life masculine it ended
Some lives feminine it locked up

Then, what will become of the children?
What would they amount to,
Since father is dead,
And mother is in prison?

So according to me #StewieLeSavage today we celebrate the fourteenth day of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence with Mongameli Sibanda.

Tears Were My Everyday Breakfast

Tears were my everyday breakfast pain and terror is what I got married to
At first he said it was a mistake ,
But blue eyes became my everyday make up
Every part of me was bruised
Emotionally, physically, and mentally I was drained
Felt alone in this wicked world
At home they told me emendweni kuyabekezelwa
In crowds I wore a smile that carried so much hatred
I couldn’t do anything he was the man of the house
When I mentioned the word “abuse” wathi yena ngeke abuswe ngumfazi
The more I tried to reach out the more the strokes, kicks and punches were added
Told me I have to be submissive he was the dominant akubhonsi nkunz’ ezimbil’ esibayeni sinye
Later on became the prisoner to the man I called the love of my life
The outside world never saw right through me, no one came through for me
My wounds licked each other as days went on what made me hold on was the “abadala bazathini ngoba sengehlulwe ngumendo” syndrome
Forgot what happiness felt like Somehow I knew I had to do something
It only required me to say the word ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

STOP GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
LETS PAINT THE WORLD ORANGE
SAY THE WORD
ZWAKALA

So according to me #StewieLeSavage today we celebrate the thirteenth day of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence with Rocxy Biey

Hitler died

Days went so good when dad you
Used to buy me sweets and chocolates
Being a baby feeling good having no
Stress or rush for the tomorrow

Yes mom and dad you kept me , you
Groomed me you taught me the dont’s
& the do…

Mom you would keep me indoor from Scaly friends whose brains are too Colonise others minds You taught me how to chose a friend You taught me how to play with others You taught me how to take care of my self

Mom and dad you are appreciated by
My solemnly soul
Dad you would look very harsh to me
When l do wrong continuously

Then today what is it when you slap Mom in front of me😢 your child Dad don’t lose you dignity and value Because of Anger🙏

Given that you a man that doesn’t mean
You have to man up to mom in that way
Hitler died because of his cruelty and
You being cruel

When you asked for love from mom
Am sure by then l wasn’t there but am
Also sure that you never promised her to
Beat her up
Dad you came from a womb of a mother
Not of man , woman has feelings

Dad sitting with mom and fix thing would Be a great idea to do things neither don’t Fight in front of us dad😭

$lapping mom wont solve anything but Talking over an issue is the best l know am your child but l think this will kindly work for the fam So that l wont lose you or mom cause l still Need you all

So according to me #StewieLeSavage today we celebrate the twelfth day of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence with BRIGHT K & suku aka shammy

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