The Last Assignment. Ever.

The year is drawing to a close (about 5 months too late on my internal clock) and as such end-of-the-year things are happening. This post is the last of my portfolio requirements for the Journalism and Media Studies Writing and Editing three course I’m doing.

The brief was hideously simple – reflect on the semester. I was expecting to write a long, formal academic essay, referencing ‘writing theorists’ (actually, do these exist?!) and generally not being allowed to express subjectivity 😦 .

But, thankfully, we had free reign with the form and structure of the essay. I’ve written my essay just as I write my diary entries – time, date, place at the top, and a short sentence contextualising the diary entry (think of it as a very informal sub-heading).

I just love this picture. It bears no relevance on anything in this post, really. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/1448155188803544/photos/pb.1448155188803544.-2207520000.1414785269./1493636920922037/?type=1&theater

I just love this picture. It bears no relevance to anything in this post, really.

I’ve attached a pdf of my final assignment.

[Note: It’s kinda sad and a bit ranty so read it at your own peril.]

Clothes for a cause

[PHOTO SERIES: Pop-up Street Store]

A pop-up store that provides for street people instead of hipsters starved for vintage hand-me-downs

This concept was created by Max Pazak and Kayli Levithan, two Cape Townians who came up with the idea of ‘the world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free pop-up clothing store for the poor’ when observing street people on their way to and from work. This video explains more behind the two philanthropists and their intentions with the open-source project.

The Grahamstown rendition of the Street Store was an altogether less friendly space than that described in Cape Town. A small group of concerned Rhodes University students ran the Street Store and although eager to help, their efforts seemed to aggravate some Grahamstown residents, especially those whom the store was targeted at. These photo’s illustrate some of the highs and lows from the day.

All pictures taken by Youlendree Appasamy (yes, that’s me).

The Street Store took place on the 11 October on High Street, Grahamstown.

The Street Store took place on the 11 October on High Street, Grahamstown.

A view from above the bustling Street Store. Turn-out to the store was deemed "better than expected" by one volunteer.

A view from above the bustling Street Store. Turn-out to the store was deemed “better than expected” by one volunteer.

Many residents disliked the fact that a queue was necessary. The queue to receive clothing peaked at around midday.

Many residents disliked the fact that a queue was necessary. The queue to receive clothing peaked at around midday.

Although not without it's problems, the Street Store managed to partially deliver on its promise of "uniting the 'haves' with the 'have-nots'" in Grahamstown.

Although not without it’s problems, the Street Store managed to partially deliver on its promise of “uniting the ‘haves’ with the ‘have-nots'” in Grahamstown.

Two children excitedly scramble to find a warm item of clothing in the Kid's Clothing section.

Two children excitedly scramble to find a warm item of clothing in the Kid’s Clothing section.

Winter seems a warmer prospect to this young child.

Winter seems a warmer prospect to this young child.

Abortion in Grahamstown

Here’s a piece that took me a century to write and re-write AND RE-WRITE. It’s about the really important issue of the provision of abortion services in South Africa. Enjoy 🙂

Tonic

By Youlendree Appasamy

“Well, I had an inkling I might have been pregnant for about two weeks. But only found out about it, after taking a hasty pregnancy test in the mall…”

Sam* explains her story. She did not tell her family about it. No support was offered from anyone other than herself and closest friends, who knew about the incident. The test was taken 5-6 weeks into the unplanned pregnancy. On arriving at Dora Nzinga Hospital in Port Elizabeth, one of the public healthcare facilities in the area where abortion is offered as a free service, more complications arose.

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