Onwards to Decolonising the Book!

This year’s Time of the Writer Festival promises to be 🔥🔥🔥. First up, the festival runs from Monday 14 March – Saturday 19 March at various venues across Durban, in Clermont, Cato Manor, Umlazi, Inanda and KwaMashu.. i’m so excited for Time of the Writer i thought it’s next week — uNozitori (@uzamantungwa) March 1, 2016 getting […]

Tell us why you support us – #WhyiVOX

Dear Readers, The Daily Vox started off as an experiment. When we first launched the project as South Africa Votes in January 2014, we anticipated covering the elections through the eyes of South African youth, and then, well, get back to our lives. Eighteen months later, and we are now a respected media organisation, disrupting […]

Top of the Vox by the Daily Vox

Curated by assistant editor Theresa Mallinson, Top of the Vox is a roundup of the best and biggest stories each week. The newsletter focuses on what everyone’s talking about – and what you may have missed out on. We also throw in some videos, cartoons, and whatever takes our fancy to get you in the […]

Special editorial: We aren’t shy to take a position on Palestine

Executive editor AZAD ESSA explains why this conflict should matter to South Africans. When we started The Daily Vox, we wanted to zoom in on South Africa. We wanted to tell stories that affected South Africans, stories that moved young South Africans in particular. After publishing 58 stories over the course of three weeks, we published an article related to […]

Our Favs Banyana Banyana Are Hopeful Ahead Of The Cyprus Women’s Cup

On Friday morning, Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s national women’s football team, gathered at the Alberton Football Club for their final training session before heading to Cyprus for the 11th Cyprus Women’s Cup. This 12-team invitational tournament will be taking place from 26 February until 7 March. Banyana will be facing Hungary, Slovakia, as well as […]

The Wakanda Women are Badass Heroes – and Not Just In Black Panther

Black Panther has been making waves since its release last week. From it’s entirely black cast (save for two white men), to the thrilling storyline and themes, to the sets and costumes, audiences have been enthralled. But there’s one group from the film who have made the greatest impact: The Women of Wakanda who play […]

The Harsh Stigma of Sex Work In Glenwood, Durban

[Warning: this story contains an account of rape and sexual assault] It’s a scorching hot Tuesday afternoon and ladies are out on the streets working. It’s a business day as usual for them and the moment they spot Sisonke representatives, they try to move to another street. According to one of the representatives, they usually […]

Let Them Free! What To Wear When You’re Not Feeling That Bra

Why do womxn have to wear bras on an almost regular basis? Is it scientifically proven to be good for you (science says no), like brushing your teeth? Or is it, as we approach a feminist era, a gender conforming activity pushed regularly onto us by a heteronormative matriarchy that has co-opted patriarchy into its […]

Walter Sisulu Uni Refutes Terrible Living Conditions Claims

Some Walter Sisulu University students at the Ibika Campus in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, say the living conditions in their residences are appalling. They claim that these living conditions have been reported for a long time, but the university has not responded. Images were circulated on social media illustrating the alleged state of one of the […]

The VAT Increase is an Assault On The Poor And Lower-Income Earners

South Africa is a highly unequal society and a unilateral increase on the least progressive tax component – Value Added Tax (VAT) – is harmful to poor and lower-income earners. Finance minister Malusi Gigaba tabled the 2018 budget on 21 February, announcing that VAT would increase from 14% to 15% on 1 April as a […]

We Cannot Deal! Trevor Noah and Lupita Nyong’o Are Teaming Up

On Wednesday, Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o (a literal queen in our view) announced that she would be acting in, and producing a feature film based on Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, the autobiography based on the childhood of Daily Show host and South African comedian Trevor Noah. When I read […]

Comic Con Africa – South Africa is Just the Beginning

On Tuesday afternoon, a huge announcement was teased by Telkom’s VS Games, an independent South African gaming brand. This is causing massive anticipation in the gaming and comic book fans community. Along with ReedPOP, an event management company, VS Games would be bringing the first ever Comic Con to the African continent, and to South […]

5 Talking Points From The Gigaba Budget

  Finance minister Malusi Gigaba tabled the budget for the 2018 year, announcing a new tax regime, including an increase in value-added tax (VAT) since the democratic dispensation, and increases to personal income tax, to plug a massive revenue shortfall in the government budget, as well as free education. 1. In spite of a more […]

Here’s How Sign Language Will Become an NSC Exam

During his inaugural state of the nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the first National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination on South African Sign Language (SASL) will be implemented and offered to deaf learners at the end of 2018. However, as with many of the other promises made on the night, there was no elaboration […]

The DA and the EFF On The “Gupta stooge” And His Budget Speech

It’s all eyes on the finance minister Malusi Gigaba and the budget speech he is expected to deliver on Wednesday afternoon. The minister is clouded in controversy for his connections to the infamous Gupta family, business friends of former president Jacob Zuma. South Africans are particularly concerned with how the budget speech will align to […]

This Is Going To Be A Painful Budget Speech

Today, Malusi (trying-to-keep-my-job) Gigaba will deliver the 2018 budget. It will be painful for all of us, as government attempts to tackle the debt-monster, and bring soaring interest costs under control, through a combination of reducing expenditure and increasing revenue, writes MANZA MUSA. Over the last 10 years, following the 2008 global financial crisis, South […]

Young People On Mandela: He Could Have Done More For Us

The African National Congress (ANC) launched its Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on Sunday, 11 February. The purpose of this celebration is to commemorate the 100th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela. The Daily Vox spoke to young people to find out what their perceptions were of the revered anti-apartheid hero. Shapa Lehloka, 23, student, Riverlee […]

Budget Speech: Will It Be Ramaphosa Or Zuma Flavoured?

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba will almost certainly deliver the 2018 budget speech on Wednesday afternoon. This, despite mounting rumours of a cabinet reshuffle where Gigaba – a close ally of the former president Jacob Zuma – is sure to be axed for his alleged connections with the controversial Gupta family. The question is whether Gigaba […]

These Good Samaritans Made It Possible For Folk To Watch Black Panther

All hail King T’Challa of Wakanda! The much anticipated Disney-Marvel film Black Panther premiered in cinemas worldwide on 16 February and is already breaking box office records. Black Panther raked in over $200 million over this past weekend in the US. Global ticket sales are predicted to total an estimated $387 million by Monday. But […]

Why The New Mo Salah Chant Makes Me Uncomfortable

The new Mo Salah chant from Liverpool fans has been taking the world by storm. Liverpool’s number 11, Mohamed Salah has been leading the goalscoring for Premier League side Liverpool Football Club, to the delight of Reds fans all around the world. In honour of the goals Salah has been racking for the team, Liverpool […]

John Kani at the Black Panther SA Premiere: “We’ll dispel this myth about the dark continent of Africa. It ain’t dark no more”

Our timelines were brimming with pictures of folk in their traditional best, declaring their love for Black Panther and desires to move to Wakanda after watching Black Panther in cinemas this weekend. The Marvel film premiered in cinemas across the African continent – and the South African premiere at Montecasino was extra special. It featured […]