The issues with the Nike ad that we aren’t talking about

Nike recently launched a video showcasing the many talents of female Arab athletes doing their thing, accompanied by the tagline “What will they say about you?”. It’s a great campaign no doubt, and definitely sends out a strong message about women’s empowerment, especially in contexts where they remain marginalised and they are constantly held back from partaking in a lot of things, and especially sport. I was so excited to share it, and for me - as a Muslim woman who loves both Nike and being active - it was great to see…

‘They think we are animals’: workers rally for #OutsourcingMustFall

Fikile Sibisi is a cleaner at a school, the only breadwinner for eight people, and the mother of an eight-month-old son. “I never had maternity leave. I worked my entire pregnancy, stayed home for three days after giving birth, and then went back to work. Because I missed those three days, I didn't get paid for the month.” Sibisi – who is 27 years old and earns between R1 000 and R2 000 a month – is one of many workers coming out under the banner of #OutsourcingMustFall to voice their frustrations at structures that keep…

University scholarship opportunities you should apply for NOW

There are scholarship opportunities floating around all the time - but finding one for which you fully meet the criteria and most suits your programme of study can sometimes be tricky. We will build on and keep updating this list - you never know when you may find something that suits where you are or where you want to be. You have nothing to lose. Get applying! 1. Fulbright Foreign Student Programme The Fulbright Programme is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is…

Ten poems by black women the world needs to read right now

The world is a scary and uncertain space right now, fraught with fragility, and sometimes it's just too much to cope with. We get it, and we’re all about trying to find some beauty in this big and messy world. And if there's one group of people who know how to articulate that loss, pain, and anger, it's black women - their lived experiences remain ones that speak volumes, and remind us how much they continue to endure, even though the world - and the odds - are stacked against them. Sit down, grab a cup of tea, and…

Ten reasons South Africa doesn’t suck right now – January 2017 edition

2016 came to an eventual end - and we could not be happier. So far, the start of the year has been relatively smooth sailing - summer is in full swing, we made it through Januworry, and we got a bit of rain - and we hope that sets a precedent for what else is to come in the course of this year. And so, to kick us off, here is the very first 2017 edition of why South Africa doesn't suck right now. 1. Amla makes 100 in his 100th On 12 January 2017, Hashim Amla played his 100th Test match when the Proteas took Sri Lanka at The…

Muslim women’s narratives belong to no one but them

For a lot of Muslims, living in president Donald Trump’s world is a difficult reality to accept. We are constantly reassuring people of our humanity - something we actually most certainly do not need to do - and it's tiring. A major side-effect of this is something very dangerous: we lose control of our own narratives, as they get picked up and transferred and appropriated, and lose nuance. For Muslim women, it's even worse. Muslim women live in a world that is constantly telling us that we cannot win. The fact that we…

Health minister claims young doctors are fussy, while they urge him to see reality

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has slammed claims that there is a shortage of available posts for newly-qualified health professionals in South Africa - but doctors and pharmacists have come out saying that the minister is “out of touch with reality”. Doctors and pharmacists across the country have been left without posts in all three rounds that they need it - internship, community service, and job placement - due to both a lack of available posts and lack of funding for vacant posts. Without the completion of internship,…

Why are we surprised that the #MuslimBan is a thing?

An executive order from US president Donald Trump temporarily banning refugees as well as other travellers to the US, including green card holders, from seven Muslim-majority countries went into effect this weekend - and faced widespread condemnation, as protests grew at airports across the country. https://twitter.com/todbot/status/825843113465765888 The seven countries, which include two African countries, are banned from entry for 90 days. People travelling from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen were…

Celeste Khumalo talks acting, studying, girl power – and yellowbones

Celeste Khumalo was the last Miss SA Teen when the pageant ended in 2011. The 24-year-old model, actress, and businesswoman stars as Linda in Mzansi Magic’s The Queen, and runs Republic Nails, a nail bar in Pretoria, all the while studying towards an MBA. The Daily Vox caught up with her to talk about her busy life and her experiences in the entertainment industry. I always wanted to be able to both work in entertainment and run my business at the same time. I can’t always say I balance everything well - there are always…

Can the University of Pretoria compel students not to protest this year?

Students at the University of Pretoria who have criminal cases pending against them regarding the #FeesMustFall protests last year have been blocked from registering for the 2017 academic year, unless they write a letter of motivation and agree to “avoid similar incidents as in 2016”, which a constitutional law expert says is unconstitutional. The letter that was released on Wednesday, 18 January, is allegedly being sent to students who were suspended or arrested for contravening court interdicts, forbidding protesters from…

New series questions what it means to be a coloured person in SA

A hot new web series exploring coloured identity, Coloured Mentality, went live in January - and we’re already obsessed. It garnered tens of thousands of views within a day, and it’s not difficult to see why. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Identity politics in South Africa are always a contentious issue, and 20-something couple Kelly-Eve Koopman and Sarah Summers are on a journey to try and unpack what "coloured" identity is. The first episode of Coloured Mentality deals with the pair explaining their intentions, and asking a…

All you need to know about NSFAS for 2017

Earlier in January, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) opened a second direct application process to students. This call for applications considers numerous factors, including delays on all ends caused by #FeesMustFall protests, as well as an influx of matriculants. But despite the second call, some students are still waiting to hear the outcomes of applications submitted last year, and many have a few more burning questions. We spoke to NSFAS spokesperson, Kagisho Mamabolo, to get clarity on a few more things…

Happy 2017 from The Daily Vox – and some updates from us

A very happy new year, dear readers! We're back at work and ready for a packed 2017 - and hopefully ready to get bigger, better, and more impactful than ever. It goes without saying, 2016 was the worst thing since ever. And we felt it too - lots happened, for which we weren't prepared. We were left in the lurch a couple of times, and dealt with doses of drama that kept things spicy - which ordinarily we don't mind, because life can be terribly boring without spice - but the timing wasn't always the most opportune. There were…

South Africa – the perfect halal tourist destination

Muslim travellers make up a massive percentage in the global tourism sector - and people are starting to take notice. According to the 2015 Global Muslim Travel Index by Singapore-based halal travel specialist CrescentRating and MasterCard, this sector was worth $145-billion in 2014, with 108 million Muslim travellers. It is expected to grow to $200 billion in 2020, with Muslim travellers set to increase to 150-million that year. Besides countries with large Muslim populations such as Malaysia or the MENA region (like the…

Oh, the places you can go as a South African with an e-visa!

We're used to visas being stickers in your passport that you get after you've sent it away to an embassy for a bit, or in some cases, on arrival in other countries. But the world is a-changing, and technological changes have resulted in even differences in the way that you can get a visa - the piece of paper giving you permission and conditions for entry into another country. “Travel documents accepted for border integrity purposes underpin the ideals of safety and security. The importance of valid travel documents to…

Five moves by Herman Mashaba that we’re not so sure about

The DA’s Herman Mashaba recently marked 100 days in office as the mayor of Johannesburg. While the change in local government has brought with it a shift in the way some things are done, some changes under Mashaba’s rule have raised a few eyebrows... and have us asking, really, why? via GIPHY 1. Scrapping bicycle lanes During his acceptance speech in September, Mashaba announced that he would be putting a halt to the cycle lanes project that former mayor Parks Tau had implemented in Johannesburg. This was a move that was…

Ten reasons South Africa doesn’t suck right now – November edition

November has come to an eventual end, but 2016 still hasn't. The world has officially lost its marbles and Trump is officially going to be president of the States, while our own president - despite ALL the odds against him - is very much sitting put. Nothing makes sense, and we don't know how to explain it, but we do have a few reasons why life may not be as bad as we think. Here's the November edition of ten reasons South Africa doesn't suck right now. 1. The heroes who formed human chains to help those caught in the floods…

Is DA councillor Shayne Ramsay’s response to the homeless really all that shocking?

A ward councillor in Cape Town has come under fire for publicly calling for a march against homeless people in Sea Point, referring to them as “grime and crime”. “If they choose to live in a society like Sea Point, then they have to behave in a manner which is acceptable to the other residents,” councillor Shayne Ramsay wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend. Sea Point @Our_DA Councillor @shayneramsay is organising a march to harass "homeless" "criminal" "retards" read Black people wearing White pic.twitter.com/R1SKRw4i0B…

Movie review: Fantastic Beasts has humour, dark elements, and perfectly magical moments

You don’t need to be a die-hard Harry Potter fan, fully-versed in the franchise, to understand Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - and that’s a nice thing. It’s a prequel, but it’s also not. Set in 1926, around 70 years before we begin our adventures with Harry and his friends, it contains allusions to multiple things that exist in the world that JK Rowling built in her magnificent series. We hear of how our socially-awkward protagonist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), was suspended from Hogwarts, and how a teacher by…

Supermoon is a “non-event”, says astronomer

But at least people will be looking at the sky. https://twitter.com/el_teee_/status/798124405952049153 On the evening of November 14 2016, people on Earth will see something that hasn't been seen since 1948 - a supermoon. The supermoon is what happens when the moon is both in full moon phase, and closest to the Earth. You see, the moon's orbit of Earth isn't perfectly circular, but more kind of rugby ball-shaped, and so we'll witness it on the closest point that it will be on its orbit of Earth.…