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 […]

Land Expropriation: How The Constitution Will Be Changed

The Constitutional Review Committee adopted a recommendation to parliament that section 25 of the Constitution needs to be amended “to make explicit what is implicit”. The indication is that the amendment will not be a drastic amendment, and expropriation without compensation will not be a “blanket” expropriation, but will focus on specific types of properties […]

How BTS ARMY Worldwide Has Shared The Love Myself Campaign

When BTS launched the Love Myself campaign in November 2017 with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Korea, its message was heard far and wide. With the campaign, expressed through the Love Yourself album series, BTS members said it’s important to love yourself before you give positive love to others. True Love Is […]

Fees Must Fall 3.0? Postgrad Funding Is The Next Student Crisis

One of former president Jacob Zuma’s final acts as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) was to announce free education mandate during the ANC’s National Congress in December 2017. 2018 has been a trying year for students and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) with many hiccups in the rollout. Now another […]

Why Your Veganism Must Be Intersectional

Let’s talk food. No matter which angle we come at it from: food is political. The way the food you eat is produced, controlled, regulated, inspected, distributed, and consumed has to do with systems of power and systems of oppression. Veganism claims to recognise this – but falls short. Before we confuse being plant-based and […]

Life When Your Home Can Be Destroyed At Any Moment

“Life here is not normal, we sleep with one eye open because anything could happen anytime,” Nhlanhlenhle Shandu tells The Daily Vox. The mother of two is seated on a single bed with her two toddlers. One is crying for bread but there is no food in the house. Shandu grew up in Mayville, not […]

The Weirdest Ideas People Have About Scarf Wearers

A large number of Muslim women around the world wear headscarves as part of a partial fulfillment of the hijab.  Observing hijab is about much more than just dress code, and is by no means confined to women alone. Wearing the headscarf does make Muslim women very visible – and with that comes many questions […]

5 Memorable Moments From Malusi Gigaba

It’s just another day of South African politics: the (now former) home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has finally caved to the pressure from President Cyril Ramaphosa and quit his job… Gigaba has not resigned from his position as a member of parliament though. “Minister Gigaba indicated in his letter of resignation that he was stepping […]

A Johannesburg, Migration Love Letter

I Want To Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis is a collection of 13 narrations that looks at the lives and stories of people in the city of Johannesburg. Edited by journalist Tanya Pampalone and academic Loren B Landau, the collections aims to tell a nuanced migration story. […]

Understanding Ukuthwasa And African Healing

Social media has been abuzz in the last few months over celebrities who announce that they are becoming initiates of traditional healing, a process known as ukuthwasa. The latest one is Mshoza, who announced on Instagram that she was in an initiation process. The Daily Vox breaks down ukuthwasa, traditional healing, and psychology. What is […]

The Kendal Power Station Is Poisoning The Air We Breathe

A plume of thick grey smoke hangs over the Kendal power station, situated 40 km west of Witbank in Mpumalanga. (And about 110 km east of Johannesburg.) A report by Greenpeace released in October found that the Mpumalanga province has the highest levels of air pollution in the world, topping nitrogen dioxide levels across six […]

Protesting Nursing Students Blocked From Entering Campus

Third year students at the Johannesburg-based Ann Latsky Nursing College have continued their protest against the allegations of unfair examinations and mismanagement at the college. On Monday November 12, third-year students were prevented from entering the campus by management and public order policing. They were due to write an examination at noon. Students were also […]

Your Palm Oil Consumption Is Killing Orangutans

This weekend a heartrending video that showed how palm oil growers wreak destruction on a baby orangutan’s rainforest habitat went viral on social media. The video – a repackage of a Greenpeace short film – was to be used by Icelandic supermarket Iceland Foods as it’s Christmas advert but was banned for being ‘too political’.  […]

What The Kris Wu/ Ariana Grande Drama Says About the US Music Industry

When Chinese-Canadian artist Wu Kris Yifan (stage name Kris Wu) released his first-ever solo album Antares the track November Rain went straight to number one leaving Ariana Grande – and Arianators – shook. this ariana grande and kris wu indirect beef is something i would’ve never seen coming — kjh’s ariana (@oddesteye) November 6, 2018 […]

UKZN School Of Psychology Decolonises Its Curriculum

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has begun a curriculum decolonisation process, which will bridge the African and Western psychology methodologies. On Wednesday, the school of psychology embarked on a healing tour to uMlambomunye Institute, a school of African healing, counselling, and African traditional wisdom and values, to introduce students to traditional healing perspectives. Speaking to the […]

Mpumalanga University Students Question NEHAWU Strike Timing

Students slam National Education, Health And Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) following alleged exam disruptions at the University of Mpumalanga, and blame politics for the chaos. On Wednesday, Nehawu marched in the institution calling for the vice chancellor Thoko Mayekiso to step down, following allegations of corruption. This came after allegations of corruption emerged, resulting in […]

Help This Young Soccer Star Go To The US

Ziyaad Fredericks is a young footballer from Eldorado Park who has been given the opportunity to trial in the United States of America in 2019. The trip to the US is extremely expensive, and his family are helping him to raise funds for the trip. Growing up in Eldorado Park in the South of Johannesburg, […]

Vote For Caster and Luvo For IAAF Athlete Of The Year!

Caster Semenya has been on fire this year. In spite of all the obstacles she has had to face, Semenya has continued racking up the awards and flying the South African flag high. She is also one of 10 nominees for the 2018 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) Female World Athlete of the Year. […]