Learning on an empty stomach: food insecurity hits students hard

For 21-year-old Tebogo Mabye, finding inexpensive, healthy food has always been a problem. Raised in Hillbrow by a single mother as one of four siblings, food was a point of worry for their family. The family received food from Mould Empower Serve (MES), an organisation that provides services for community members, ranging from Thursday night soup outreaches to prayer and counselling. But the aid still wasn’t enough. “Especially when I was in primary school, not being able to get a proper lunch box not only affected me and…

Delhi professor ends hunger strike as government agrees to land negotiations

After 54 days of protesting and 25 days of fasting, GB Pant Government Engineering College professor Joshil Abraham and students have won a major victory and are headed toward negotiations over land redistribution. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/university-starving-land-one-professor-hunger-strike-delhi-caroline-vakil/ The protests are in conjunction with GB Pant’s requests to have land, once allocated to them by the Delhi government, redistributed to them again after it was revealed that this same land was granted to another…

Politicians finally visit Indian professor on hunger strike

Friday marks assistant professor Joshil Abraham’s seventeenth day on hunger strike as way of protesting against the Delhi government. Abraham, a professor from GB Pant Government Engineering College, and a handful of students are on a hunger strike to fight for land. It was originally promised to them by the Delhi government, and has now been given to a private public partnership Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIITD).…

A university starving for land: Why one professor is on hunger strike in Delhi

In Delhi, India, students and one professor are fighting for an important educational resource - land. Since its inception in 2007, GB Pant Government Engineering College was promised 65 acres of land. A year later, however, the public works department in Delhi found that only 48 acres of the land promised was available. To make matters worse, a second university, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIITD) - a private public partnership established in 2008 - was given 25 acres of GB Pant’s land free of cost.…

What’s Easter weekend without chocolate eggs and hot cross buns?

With Easter weekend approaching, many have plans to host Easter egg hunts, visit church, and rejoice over four free days off school and work. The Daily Vox spoke to some students about their plans for the weekend, how successful their attempts at fasting for Lent were, and how much chocolate will really be consumed. Dino Lopes, 21, Johannesburg On Friday we’re all going to go to family’s house. We don’t have fish on Fridays, so we’re going to have lunch there. On Saturday, we don’t normally do anything, but on Sunday we have…

Practising empathy through protest and debunking the myth that issues ‘don’t affect us’

April 7 was a day of national protest in South Africa. After President Jacob Zuma fired the finance minister, along with nine others, and triggered a downgrade by two credit rating agencies, protesters took to the streets calling on Zuma to resign. Caroline Vakil, a visiting student from the US, reflects on her experience covering it. Covering the #PeoplesMarch in Pretoria that day, I found that some of the individuals I spoke to were protesting for their first time. “Everyone’s just so fed up. It’s not about race, it’s not…