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South Africans Are Using Women's Month 2017 To Tackle Gender-Based Violence

Here's how South Africans are commemorating Women's Month.

August is Women's Month in South Africa, a time to commemorate the 20,000 women who marched to the country's government center on August 9, 1956 in order to protest Pass Laws—the internal identification system used to segment the population and prevent black people, women, and other minorities from traveling freely through the country.


This year’s theme is, “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward," reports All Africa.

The official launch of Women's Month took place on Tuesday in Tshwane, where the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, urged South African men to get involved in the movement to end sexual violence—a systemic issue that has led to the creation of nationwide protests and movements such as #NotInMyName, and the more contentious #MenAreTrash movement.

Many young men and women are using their platforms to call on men to do their part as well.

"It's not enough as South African men to say we are sorry to the women of South Africa, but we need to take corrective action towards making these programs a success, said Siyabulela Jentile, the chairperson for Not In My Name South Africa.

"We call on all men to come forward and join forces with us so that we can take collective responsibility and collective action to say 'not in my name.'"

Several South Africans are sharing their thoughts about this year's commemoration on social media.

 

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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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