ShoutSA 2012

There’s definitely some unfortunate timing here with the recent release (and subsequent social media storm) on Kony 2012.  When I first watched this video, I really liked it.  I think trying to speak to people through music is an excellent way & South Africa certainly has enough musical talent to pull this off.

But then I started thinking more about the video, and about its goals.  Who is ShoutSA?  What do they do with my R20?  How can a video support the fight against crime?  I took to searching around the interwebs for some of this information, and apparently the people at ShoutSA got the message because this is what I found:

You can also see a list of their donations on their website

Even if I’m still not clear how much money they’ve received in donations and sponsorship relative to the almost R600.000 they have donated over the last 2 years, at least I was able to find some information. (Although R600,000 seems like an awfully small number to me).

This message shared by Danny K, when speaking about crime in South Africa, certainly resonates with every South African

It’s easy to say it’s the other guy’s problem but until we understand that we are all in the same boat and if there’s a hole in the hull, we’re all going down!

and perhaps that’s why these videos are so popular.

Link Roundup

Some non-political non-Africa distractions for your Monday.  (I’m up to my eyeballs in grading blue books!)

A challenge to stop multi-tasking via @Real_Simple (of course I’m attempting to clean a data set AND watching TV while typing this up…)

Polar Cub Cam via @Time (they said it best: “goodbye productivity)

Link Roundup

African urban spaces may be expanding rapidly, but in many mainland countries growth in urban populations hardly outstripped national population growth in the 1990s and 2000s. Data for 18 countries collected and analysed by Dr Potts and others shows that urbanisation levels declined in 4 countries, and stagnated or increased very slowly in a further 10. Only four countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tanzania and Kenya – experienced rapid urbanisation.

  • Awkward… ‘If Mugabe is the only invitee who turns up in person at your party, you have a problem. (Kabila’s Inauguration in the DRC) http://bit.ly/xe7R59

Link Roundup

News, tidbits, and stories that you may have missed.

The World Bank and Google Working Together (and why it might not be as good as it sounds at first)

2011 saw a decrease in Pirate Attacks (but I still wouldn’t plan a sailing trip off the coast of Somalia)

Poogle Translate (From South Africa: “…to decipher the double speak, the innuendo and damned lies our beloved public figures enjoy using.”)

PhD Comics: Clue (Sometimes these comics feel a little too personalized).