The Soundz of the South (SOS) is a network of activists who use hip-hop and poetry to empower young people. As part of the process of building young people’s talent and confidence, SOS offers a safe space that is drug and alcohol free at the festivals. One of its missions is to create a space and process that encourages young people to use their energy in a constructive way that betters their own lives, those of their families and friends and broader community. SOS also facilitates dialogue forums, which engage young people in discussions on how to deal with issues such as gender based violence and youth unemployment, as well as spread revolutionary messages, raise consciousness and critique neo-liberalism.
The aim of the network is to act as a hub for the community which facilitates and encourages a process of self-organization for emancipation.
In early 2012, CHOSA provided SOS with a once-off grant of R25,000 to help them purchase a professional sound system so that they can host their events and community dialogues on a regular basis, reaching hundreds more youth from the community.
For more information, visit their website: Soundz of the South.