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Yoh Vote, a groundbreaking South African website, uses a “Tinder-style” match-making tool to engage and empower young voters, simplifying the political process and inspiring a new generation to participate in shaping their nation’s future.

 

Western Cape, South Africa (16 September 2023) – In a world filled with swipes and matches, a group of young South Africans has harnessed the power of digital connectivity to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Meet Yoh Vote, a revolutionary website designed to ignite the spark of political participation among South Africa’s youth. It’s like Tinder, but instead of searching for love, it’s all about finding your perfect match in politics.

Yoh Vote is more than just a website; it’s a movement, a rallying cry to encourage young South Africans to cast their votes with confidence and conviction. With a host of features, including a unique “match-making” tool, Yoh Vote is making waves in simplifying the complexities of politics and inspiring meaningful conversations about why voting matters.

The brainchild of six exceptionally talented South Africans, Ryan Young, Yeshav Sewlal, Shannon Stodel, Santhea Sinivasan, Nthatisi Mota, and Daniel Klopper, Yoh Vote was born out of a shared passion for politics and a desire to bring about real change in South Africa.

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A Match-Made in Political Heaven

At the heart of Yoh Vote is its innovative “match-making” tool. This tool takes users through a series of questions, probing their beliefs about how governments should work, what policies matter most to them, and which procedures hold significance. Based on their responses, the tool “matches” them with a political party aligned with their values and beliefs. It’s fun, informative, and most importantly, it’s breaking down barriers to political engagement.

“In the last national election, over 30 percent of voters didn’t participate, indicating a concerning lack of engagement. Many young people, disheartened by the belief that their vote won’t matter, have opted out of the system. Yoh, Vote is here to change that mindset and rekindle the fire of political participation. We understand that the overwhelming flood of information and jargon can be off-putting. That’s why we’re creating a fresh and non-partisan platform. Yoh, Vote aims to simplify the process of engaging with political parties and understanding their standpoints, making it easier for young South Africans to make informed decisions about the future of their nation. Together, we can shape the future we deserve,” states the website.

Yoh Vote owes its existence to the dedication and passion of its founders:

  • Ryan Young (23 years old): The driving force behind Yoh Vote, Ryan’s passion for politics ignited the spark that led to its creation.
  • Yeshav Sewlal (24 years old): Yeshav, as the campaign manager, envisions a more accessible voting journey for all, especially for those who feel overwhelmed by politics.
  • Shannon Stodel (24 years old): Shannon brings her unique touch to the campaign, making it engaging and relatable for the youth through branding and social media.
  • Santhea Sinivasan (23 years old): Santhea turned the concept into reality with a fully functional website and plans to expand it further with blogs and other media.
  • Nthatisi Mota (23 years old): Nthatisi, as the information curator, transforms complex political information into digestible pieces and fosters user engagement.
  • Daniel Klopper (23 years old): Daniel’s academic prowess led to the creation of a non-partisan quiz, encouraging youth to engage actively in the voting process.

A Movement for the Youth, by the Youth

Yoh Vote aims to empower South African youth by providing them with the tools to become politically informed and engaged. It seeks to rekindle the fire of political participation, particularly among those who believe their votes won’t matter. By simplifying the process of engaging with political parties and understanding their standpoints, Yoh Vote is making it easier for young South Africans to make informed decisions about the future of their nation.

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Photo Cred: Yoh Vote

Yoh Vote’s message is clear: politicians work for the public, and voting is our way of holding them accountable.

“Your vote can change the course of your nation’s future. Politics may seem distant from your everyday life, but it profoundly influences critical aspects like jobs, education, safety, and housing. For young people, especially, voting is the power to be fully heard and to help build the South Africa they desire.”

A Message to South Africa

Yoh Vote has a message for South Africa as the next election approaches: Your vote matters, and your voice deserves to be heard.

Voting is your most potent tool to shape your country’s future. Don’t let others make crucial decisions on your behalf. Politics impacts your life, so use your vote to shape the South Africa you want to see. Yoh Vote is here to guide you every step of the way.

In a world where apathy can stifle progress, Yoh Vote stands as a beacon of hope, lighting the way for a more engaged and informed generation of South African voters. It’s a movement that’s not just swiping left or right but pushing forward for a brighter and more empowered future.

Yoh, South Africa, it’s time to make your voice heard!


Sources: Interview With Good Things Guy
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