This past week, the ANC was dealing with its biggest jolt since it came to power in 1994. With little more than a hashtag, #FeesMustFall, and a lot of healthy outrage, tens of thousands of students across the country and across race and party lines rose up, shut down campuses and stopped examinations, then marched on Parliament and Luthuli House and left the lawns of the Union Buildings smouldering.
South Africans took to twitter to make fun of the weakening rand which tumbled to an all-time low on Monday
Africa is experiencing an internet revolution. It is estimated that 50 percent of Africans will be online by 2025 – up from 16 percent in 2013. The current and expected growth in both utilisation and the relevance of the internet to African lives highlights the importance of legal and policy measures to regulate its use.
While it’s really cool to have an African president effectively utilising social media tools to communicate with a growing cyber audience, it does have its drawbacks as Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame recently found out
Kenyan tweeters have been incensed over CNN’s labeling of their country as a ‘terror hotbed’ ahead of US President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to the country on Friday. They have reacted with tweets highlighting the positive aspects of their country under the hashtag #SomeTellCNN
Twitter has become one of the world’s most engaging, electrifying, high context, as well as low context discourse platforms. You want to know a country’s people, check their Twitter. At the same time,it has become that monster terrorising society’s self esteem, instituting a form of dictatorship while running largely on mass, often uneducated opinion. Though it represents a new kind of freedom, it is another form of repression. And who are the worst affected? Women. Or rather, their bodies
With only a few days to go before Election Day in South Africa, political parties are as active on social media platforms as they are on the streets. How big a role will social media play in these elections, and is this the future of political campaigning?