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South African Women are Protesting Against Gender-based Violence at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

"It cannot be business as usual," they demand.

South African women have had enough. After a week that saw several young women raped and murdered with numerous others reported missing, they've taken to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) building in Sandton, the major business hub of Johannesburg, to protest against the continued gender-based violence in the country. Women's rights activists from various organizations, including amandla.mobi and ActionAid as well as several other civil society groups and trade unions, are currently on the ground and waiting to hand over their memorandum of demands to JSE CEO, Nicky Newton-King, News24 reports.


Just last week, hundreds of South Africans in Cape Town marched to Parliament to protest against gender-based violence not only in light of the recent surge in the rape and murder of women, but the longstanding culture of violence against women in South Africa. President Ramaphosa, who was taking part in the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the time, went and addressed the crowd, promising that the government would clamp down on violence against women and ensure the law awarded harsher sentences for these crimes.

However, many were not convinced that anything tangible would come from President Ramaphosa's address especially after he immediately made his way back to the WEF. Hence, the goal of today's protest is to bring business to a complete halt for the purposes of finally being taken seriously. Some of the demands the protesters have made include imposing a 2 percent levy on all JSE-listed companies that will go towards the fight against gender-based violence as well as the establishing of a dedicated department that deals with gender-based violence at every institution of higher learning.

According to eNCA, President Ramaphosa is no longer attending the UN General Assembly taking place next week and his International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Naledi Pandor, will attend in his absence. Ramaphosa will instead address the the concerns and demands of the protesters in Sandton.

Yesterday, the annual crime statistics were released and painted a very grim picture. The Daily Maverick reports that in the 2018/19 year, murder went up by 3.4 percent while sexual offences went up by 4.6 percent.

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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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