Mozambican farmers fight plan to turn savannah into soybean farm

Mozambican farmers and activists are fighting back against a much-touted plan to turn large tracts of savannah into soya bean farms, to supply feedstock to Chinese pig farms, as part of a multinational development project. On Thursday, representatives of the “No to ProSavana” campaign presented their case at a tribunal set up by the Southern Africa Permanent People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporation. The tribunal was set up by the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, consisting of community-based…

Anti-immigrant laws are on the rise on Europe and the USA

In some Western countries, anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiments start at the top. The Daily Vox team rounds up a few states with problematic anti-immigrant laws. 1. Italy Italy is the latest country to come up with an anti-immigrant policy. The Italian interior ministry has created a code of conduct for NGOs operating rescue ships on the Mediterranean Sea which aid groups say could endanger lives. It proposes that rescue ships disembark survivors at a place of safety instead of transferring them to other ships. This…

Five books about exceptional South African women you need to read

August 9 is Women’s Day in South Africa, and we commemorate the anti-apartheid activists who marched on the Union Buildings and burned their pass books. However, even the bravest, strongest women have been relegated to the background compared to their male counterparts. So in honour of the women of the struggle, The Daily Vox team rounds up five books to read this Women’s Day. 1. "Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle" - Fatima Meer "Memories of Love and Struggle" is Fatima Meer’s memoir that begins with her entry into…

Janna Jihad, 11-year-old journalist, wants South Africans to help Palestine

Eleven-year-old Janna Jihad made headlines in 2016 when she began reporting on the injustices that Palestinians were facing in Jerusalem, Hebron and Nablus. She has managed to reach a sizeable audience documenting the everyday oppresions of Palestinian people. Accompanied by her uncle, Bilal Tamimi and other Palestinian child activists, Jihad visited South Africa as part of the Shamsaan (Two Suns) Children of Palestine Tour. The Daily Vox team spoke to the young activists. On Friday afternoon, the children visited the…

Academics weigh in on whether a common African policy on China is feasible

On Thursday, a number of experts on Africa-China relations from civil society organisations and think-tanks met at the University of Witwatersrand to discuss a common African policy on China. The Daily Vox rounds up the discussion. The 'Symposium on China-Africa: High Time for a Common Integrated African Policy on China' was a move by academics and civil society to conceptualise policies for the continent, from the continent. At the beginning of the discussion, delegates decided to address the relations as "Africa-China",…

The Proteas lost at the Women’s World Cup and they cried. So what?

The Proteas Women's Cricket team lost to England in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup yesterday. Despite the brilliant tournament they had, all some people could talk about after the match was how the players were left crying on the pitch. The Daily Vox rounds up nine times men cried over losing a game and nobody made a big deal about it. We’re not saying it’s a problem that male sportsmen cry when they lose or win. Too many men are left to hide their tears after being taught from an early age that real men don’t cry.…

China’s plan to strengthen peace and security in Africa

China will hold an open debate on enhancing Africa’s capacity in peace and security at the United Nations (UN) on July 19. But what does all this attention on peace and security mean for Africa: The Daily Vox team breaks it down. China, which holds the July presidency of the UN Security Council, has put Africa’s peace and security on the top of the agenda at the UN. China’s Security Council representative Liu Jieyi says China is pushing for broader conversations on peace and security in Africa and wants to “seek solutions to…

Mutual benefits or exploitation: the China-South Africa relationship is complicated

South Africa has been a key beneficiary and partner of China’s expansion into the African continent. In the second in a series on Sino-Africa relations, Fatima Moosa explains China’s influence on foreign and domestic policy in South Africa in recent years. China has spent the past decade ramping up its political and financial ties to Africa. Its ambitious economic and diplomatic programme, known as the One Belt One Road project, will advance investment and development projects across Africa and is expected to transform trade…

Trade, Tourism and Education: China’s impact on South Africa is growing

Over the past decade, South Africa has continued to strengthen its ties with the People’s Republic of China. The country could stand to gain from the financial and educational benefits of this relationship. In a two-part series, Fatima Moosa explains the extent of the alliance. Trade South Africa has signed many trade agreements with China since the early 2000s. In 2015 alone, the two countries signed 25 trade agreements, valued at around $16.5 billion. According to the South African Revenue Service, China is South Africa’s…

Police and higher education ministries hold campus safety summit at UWC

The first School and Campus Safety Summit held at the University of the Western Cape discussed campus crime as well as security issues arising out of Fees Must Fall. The summit ran from the 12-14 July and was organised by the South African Police Service in collaboration with the departments of basic education and higher education and training. The summit was arranged to address crime in schools, colleges and universities in South Africa. It was reportedly attended by various stakeholders from the security industry, safety…

China just opened up its first overseas military base and it’s in Africa

On July 11, reports began to emerge of Chinese troops beginning to ship out from the Chinese port city of Zhanjiang to begin occupation of the military base situated in the East African nation of Djibouti. A Chinese state news agency reported the base is going to improve China’s performance in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions in Africa and west Asia. From as far back as 2015, there was talk of opening the Chinese military base according to reports from the United States. The Chinese government signed a 10 year…

Mashaba points finger at civil society: #JhbFire ‘was bound to happen’

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has once again shown anti-poor sentiment, this time in the wake of the devastating fire at the Cape York building in the Johannesburg CBD, which left seven people dead and several injured.  Speaking outside the building on Wednesday morning, Mashaba said he knew the fire was going to happen according to findings he had collected, and blamed human rights lawyers for the delays in cleaning up buildings in the inner city. “What is disturbing is this fire in this particular building is not going…

Five things to know about Germany’s plan for Africa

Africa will be high on the agenda at the G20 summit, set to take place in Hamburg from July 7 to 8. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to pitch a new development plan - dubbed the Merkel Plan - to change the way Germany and the G20 interact with the continent. The proposed development plan seeks to prioritise private investment on the continent, while reducing the amount of official development assistance (ODA) to the continent. The Daily Vox team rounds up what this plan will mean for Africa should it be realised.…

Which Hogwarts houses do South African politicians belong in?

June 26 2017 marked 20 years of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the internet was flooded with Harry Potter memes, gifs and general nostalgia. This year also marks an interesting time for South African politics, with the ANC’s December electoral conference set to change things. In honour of these two events, The Daily Vox team decided to sort our best-known South African politicians into Hogwarts houses. Jacob Zuma - Gryffindor Okay okay, you’re probably wondering how we came to that conclusion.…

Zara’s no-trolley policy discriminates against child with special needs

International fashion brand Zara’s no-trolley policy came under fire this week when employees at their Cresta Shopping Mall branch refused to make an exception to their rule to accommodate a child with pulmonary hypertension who had her oxygen tank in a trolley. Shaakira Bodhania told The Daily Vox she tried to enter the store on Wednesday June 21 with her seven-year-old daughter Humayra, who was sitting in the trolley. Bodhania said she shops at Cresta Shopping Mall regularly because it is accommodating to children with…

Eid 2017 in South Africa: here’s what you need to know

The month of Ramadan is almost over for Muslims in South Africa and around the world. However, the holy month is followed by the observation of a three-day celebration by Muslims: Eid-ul-Fitr. The Daily Vox team breaks down what Eid is all about and how it’s celebrated in South Africa. Update: The first day of Eid will be on Monday, 26 June 2017. What is Eid? No, it’s not just “Muslim Christmas”. Eid is a three-day celebration which marks the end of the month of fasting for Muslims. However, in most non-Muslim countries,…

Africa Votes: these are the elections to look out for on the continent

With no less than five national elections taking place this year, 2017 is going to be an important one for electoral politics in Africa. The continent will see elections in Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Somaliland. Fatima Moosa tells us what to watch out for. Democracy in Africa has seen many challenges over the years, including post-electoral violence and election rigging. Just this month, Lesotho was forced to hold a snap election - its third in five years - after a vote of no-confidence in…

Where do African states stand on the Qatar-Gulf Crisis?

The ongoing Qatar-Gulf crisis has been described by many as a significant world event that could have a long-lasting impact on geopolitics in the Middle East and its surrounding areas. With several African states pledging their support for Saudi Arabia by withdrawing diplomatic ties with Qatar, The Daily Vox team takes a look at what, if any, role African states have to play in this conflict. The Qatar-Gulf crisis arose when Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen, The Maldives, Bahrain and Egypt broke…

South African film wants to end the silence around date rape

Cut-Out Girls is a play-turned-feature-film project by Cape Town art students from ACT Cape Town, aimed at raising awareness about rape, date rape, and rape culture. The project was written and directed by Nicola Hanekom. The Daily Vox team chatted to Ashleigh van der Hoven, one of the actors involved in the project, about the film. What was the inspiration behind the project? We were in art school together along with Nicola (the director and writer) and she wrote a play for our final year theatre production. Nicola wrote…