Youth on the move through research

Mzantsi Wakho (‘Your South Africa’) research assistant Nomawele Mdi conducts an interview with Doneè Coetzee while her colleague Busisiwe Tusani interviews sister Deidrè Coetzee in another room in their Breidbach home at the weekend.

Nomawele Mdi, right, hands certificate of participation to Doneè Coetzee Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

Both participants enjoyed the interview, and reckoned the information was a must for every youth to know and they promised to avail themselves at any time for the research.  Certificates of participation were issued and a gift pack was awarded as an accolade to all participants interviewed. ‘We started conducting the research with the participants since 2014 and I’m grateful for the overwhelming support received every year from the participants and their parents,’ said Mdi.

Busisiwe Tusani, right, gives certificate and care pack to Deidrè Coetzee

Mzantsi Wakho is based in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape. It has an office in King William’s Town and its academic homes are the universities of Cape Town and Oxford. The study seeks to answer several research questions about youth health, with a focus on medicine taking and sexual and reproductive health Picture: DESMOND COETZEE


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