We were introduced to Stephen Horn, who is the founder and creative director of Politically Aweh, by Carly from our partner EasyEquities. Carly meet him through her boyfriend Jack Esterhuizen, the director of Chill Box Studio and current editor of The Bachelor SA. It’s amazing how small and connected the world really is. Here’s a bit more about Politically Aweh and their latest high-quality local news video with a dose of humour.

SA decides, but where are all the young people?

Politically Aweh tackles this question and more in its 2019 Elections Special, a bumper episode featuring broadcaster and journalist, Lester Kiewit (Cape Talk, Mail & Guardian). We also talk to two ambassadors for Thuli Madonsela’s M-Plan for social justice.

In its signature infotainment style, the show takes sharp jabs at the current political landscape and retraces the (mis)steps from an eventful campaign trail.

The team tackle the big talking points in the manifestos, uncover a widespread misleading media story around youth voter registration, and explain in the simplest possible way how South Africa’s electoral system actually works.

Kiewit says, in many cases, South Africans “like to talk about politics, but we don’t want to get involved in politics”. Meanwhile, law student Hlonelwa Lutuli laments the often missing

accountability from politicians. “That’s also leading to a lack of credibility that we’re finding as the youth and as new voters”.

As fewer prospective voters aged 18 and 19 registered, Kiewit adds, “young people don’t see people who look and sound like them, particularly in the theatre of the National Assembly”. This could be a possible reason for the sense of alienation from democratic processes like voting.

Politically Aweh also interviewed former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who

encourages young people to collectively demand that political parties respond to their agenda.

You can join in the conversation using the hashtag #GetAweh, let’s get and stay informed as we can all contribute to the future South Africa has.