How not to be sexist: a beginner’s guide

It’s not always easy calling out people when they are being sexist. People can get defensive and use the age-old, “but I don’t do that,” excuse. So if we are going to root it out, men need to join the fight as well, which is why we’ve compiled a guide on how to not be sexist. Before you go all #NotAllMen, please take a seat and listen. 1. A catcall is not a compliment - so just don’t do it For women, a walk down the street can be met with whistles and a “hey baby,” from a number of unknown men. This is harassment and…

Why are the South African Politician Awards even a thing?

The South African Politician Awards (SAPAs) will be taking place on 9 February in Cape Town. These awards are aimed at celebrating the work of politicians across the country, but raises some issues on celebrating people who are supposed to be serving South Africa’s citizens - some of whom haven’t be doing a very good job of it. From its website, “the mission of The South African Politicians Awards is to recognise the outstanding political leaders, municipalities, political parties hard work and commitment within the South…

Who the hell is (or are) the last Jedi?

Earlier this week, the title for the upcoming Star Wars movie, Episode VIII was released. The title - The Last Jedi - has lit up the internet as people are wondering just who the hell the last Jedi is. The Daily Vox takes a look at the various theories as to who it could be. Warning - there may be spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens*. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Star Wars movies, what rock have you been hiding under? This epic sci-fi space saga tells stories of love, war, intergalactic politics, and…

The many problems with the SABC and its troubled board

Last week, the ad hoc committee’s report into the investigation of the SABC board’s fitness to function was leaked to the media. Whoops. This, however, gave us a look at the many problems that the broadcaster has been facing. These issues have a negative impact on the running of the SABC as journalists are unable to do their jobs and that the broadcaster cannot function properly. The Daily Vox takes a look at some of the background that led to the board’s looming dismissal and to the SABC’s current state. The 38-page draft…

The film industry needs to do better for women in 2017

With movies such as Rogue One and Zootopia dominating with female leads, you'd think 2016 was a good year for women in the film industry. But this is far from the truth. The Daily Vox takes a look at the industry and how women were represented on and off the screen. How well did women do in front of the camera? Data scientist Amber Thomas took a look at the level of gender equality across the top 10 worldwide highest grossing films of 2016. Examining movies such as Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, Captain America,…

Oxfam inequality report: We need an economy for the 99%

On Tuesday, Oxfam released its annual inequality report, An Economy for the 99%. The Daily Vox takes a look at the report and what it says about closing the inequality gap. Why is the report important? Oxfam is an international organisation that aims to mobilise people against poverty. It releases an annual report looking at how we can end poverty and inequality. This year’s report looks at how the super-rich and large corporations are driving the inequality crisis and what needs to be done to change this. “Left unchecked,…

Exhibition aimed at empowering women does everything but

Since its opening, the Our Lady exhibition in Cape Town has encountered some problems. From artists calling for their works to be taken down, to Sweat criticising the display of a particular artist’s work, The Daily Vox takes a look at what has been going down with the exhibition which has the theme of women empowerment. What is the exhibition about? The exhibition, ‘Our Lady’, was designed to “interrupt the typical traditional moral attitudes and male dominated stereotypes that surrounds imagery of the female form”.…

Tributes and calls to #ReleaseShiraazMohamed pour in

On Tuesday, 10 January 2017, Shiraaz Mohamed, 38-year-old photojournalist from Johannesburg, was kidnapped after he tried to leave Syria through the Turkish border with members of relief organisation, Gift of the Givers. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/know-south-african-photojournalist-kidnapped-syria/ He was in Syria for a photo project based in and around the Gift of the Givers hospitals. Since his kidnapping, the aid organisation has been in touch with the Turkish government in an attempt to find him. One of the members of…

Dear Mmusi Maimane, here is what you need to know about Palestine

The conflict in the middle east goes back decades. Is it religion, or land, or colonialism that started all this? And why is no end in sight? DANA DA SILVA rounds up ten videos that will help you (and Mmusi Maimane) understand just what is going on in Palestine. 1. Where exactly is Palestine? You won’t find Palestine by looking for it on a map, since it only holds the status of "observer state" at the United Nations. To explain why, you need to go back to 1917. At the time, Britain captured an Arab-majority region called…

Ten movies to look forward to in 2017

2016 was a great year for movies, we’ve had Deadpool, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Moana, Rogue One, Kubo and the Two Strings - I could go on. But 2017 is also looking to give us some great movies, so here’s our roundup of what movies you should watch. 1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 After waiting patiently for over two years, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally coming out next year on May 5th. When the first movie came out most of us enjoyed the hilarious misadventures of this space gang who ended up saving the…

More LGBT characters in cartoons? Yes please!

In the past couple of years, we’ve been seeing more and more lesbian, gay and bisexual characters appearing in children’s cartoons. We're all about celebrating diversity that reflects real life, so we’ve made a list some of our favourite LGBT characters. Loud House Lincoln Loud lives with his parents and ten sisters, which of course can be pretty chaotic. On one of the episodes that aired this year, Lincoln decides to have a slumber party and invites one of his friends, Clyde, to join. Clyde is dropped off at the party by…

You need to get your hands on these comics that tell African stories

Comics haven’t always been the best at telling complex stories with diverse characters. For example, when Black Panther came onto the scene back in 1966 he was more of a wallflower appearing in other characters' comic books. Now, we don’t only have a comic series dedicated to Black Panther, we have comic book creators throughout Africa telling African stories - and they are amazing. We round up some of the best comics to come out of the African continent. Kwezi Kwezi is a comic created by South African Loyiso Mkize who was a…

Ten South African women who slayed in 2016

This year has been quite a turbulent one, but SA women stay slaying. The Daily Vox rounds up ten South African women who were just everything this year.  Zulaikha Patel One of the most powerful images to come out of 2016 was that of a 13-year-old girl from Pretoria High School for Girls. With her school uniform, arms crossed overhead and beautiful afro, she and her friends stood in front of three white men telling them to, “take us all!” http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/zulaikha-patel-wish-we-were-you/ The story of Zulaikha…

How the Department of Basic Education is failing South African schoolchildren

On the 29th of November, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) finally released its reports on school infrastructure delivery for each province. The reports also marked the end of a three-year deadline for the department to improve the basic services and infrastructure of all primary schools throughout the country. So it is now it is illegal for any school in South Africa to run without appropriate structures and basic services. Schools can now take Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, and the relevant provincial…

Young filmmakers shine at the Abantu Book Festival

The Abantu Book Festival kicked off this week at Soweto’s Eyethu Lifestyle Centre. On Friday afternoon The Youth Filmmaker project (which provides young graduates with an entry point into the film industry) ran a session called, Cut! Our Stories and Stage and Screen, where Vivek Mehta showed his movie, The Rowing Club. We caught up with him afterwards to speak about his film and the struggles of being a young South African filmmaker. What’s your film, The Rowing Club all about? The Rowing Club was part of an initiative for…

Positively Beautiful, a film tackling the stigma around HIV

To commemorate World Aids Day we looked at the story behind the film Positively Beautiful, a story of five friends who have been living with HIV for over 15 years. The film was screened at the this year’s Global Health Film Festival in November. We caught up with the film's director, Diveena Cooppan, to talk about the film, HIV/AIDS in South Africa and why the stigma still persists. What inspired you to make this film? I work in public health and was directly involved in projects on the ground in South Africa. There was…

Sexuality is power, says Batuk vocalist Manteiga

Earlier this year the Pan-African house music band Batuk released their debut album, Musica de Terra (Music of the Earth). The first track Força Força (Power Power) is about women taking charge of their sexuality. The Daily Vox caught up with vocalist Manteiga, aka Carla Fonseca, to talk about Batuk and the importance of embracing one’s sexuality. I started singing professionally when I collaborated with Spoek Mathambo and Aero Manyelo to form Batuk. We have been working on this project for two years now. The collaboration…

Joburg’s space-saving rooftop gardens offer relief from the drought

For much of 2016, South Africa has been hard hit by  drought, with food prices rising and water restrictions being put into place throughout the country. We spoke to rooftop farmers and gardeners about how their urban initiatives can help with food security and the drought. Firstly, what’s a rooftop garden? Rooftop gardens are all about using unused spaces to set up a farm or a garden. “About 30% of the surface in Johannesburg is roof area, so if you could utilise a good half of the roof spaces that you need, you’ve got a…

It’s not just dungeons and pain: 5 things you should know about BDSM

In October, Johannesburg hosted Sexpo - an annual health, sexuality and lifestyle expo. One community that usually attends the event was KINX, whose members practise BDSM. The Daily Vox team caught up with two practitioners - Taylor Greg and Bradly Poller - to find out what BDSM is really about. 1. What is BDSM? BDSM is a wide term that refers to sexual acts and role playing which can involve bondage, dominance and submission play, sadomasochism, etc. It’s more than your 50 Shades of Grey. Basically it’s an escape from…

Are Trump and Zuma “two cheeks of the same butt”?

On Wednesday morning, while South Africans were still rubbing sleep out of their eyes, Donald Trump was named president-elect of the United States. The world reacted with surprise, but is it all bad news? The Daily Vox asked some Joburgers how they feel about the incoming American president and whether he has anything in common with our own President Zuma. Luyanda Dingalibala, 30, student, Melville "I think that it is a bad thing, bearing in mind the type of person he is. He is an anti-Semite, against minorities and he is…