The Story of South African Cricket, from its tragedies to triumphs

Ashwin Desai’s newest book, Reverse Sweep: A Story of Post-Apartheid South African Cricket is a compelling read tracing the history of cricket in South Africa, from the rogue tours that took place in South Africa during apartheid to the post-apartheid transition of transformation and inclusion right up until the events of the 2016 cricket season. The Daily Vox team takes a look at five things we learned about the history of South African cricket from the book. 1. The Rogue Tours “Black cricketers came to realise that in a…

Despite High Court ruling, South Africa could still leave the ICC

South Africa’s attempts to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) were dealt a blow after a high court ruling was handed down on Wednesday afternoon, declaring the move as unconstitutional as it was done without prior parliamentary approval. The Daily Vox looks at what this means for South Africa in the ICC going forward. On Wednesday, deputy judge president of the Pretoria High Court, Phineas Mojapelo, ordered President Jacob Zuma to retract South Africa’s “invalid” attempt to withdraw from the ICC. Who fought…

Protests continue at TUT while calm prevails at WSU

As the 2017 academic year begins, things haven't exactly gone smoothly. Protests broke out at Walter Sisulu University last week, and that at the Tshwane University of Technology this week. The Daily Vox rounds up what's been going on in Pretoria and Mthatha. Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Academic activity at TUTwas set to resume academic activities on Thursday after a shutdown had been instituted earlier in the week at the Pretoria campus, following a series of fires. The fires were reportedly set in reaction to…

#Riding4SAEducation aims to raise funds for impoverished learners

Salaam Foundation, which is the humanitarian wing of Salaamedia, - an online humanitarian journalism portal - is going to be embarking on a 3, 000km bike ride across South Africa for education. The project, called #Riding4SAEducation, will be undertaken by the founder of Salaamedia, Azhar Vadi. The project plans to visit 50 towns in South Africa with one major aim: to raise funds and awareness about the early education sector in South Africa. The Daily Vox team caught up with Vadi and Ebrahim Gangat, a presenter at…

Is it over for Africa in the ICC?

Following on from South Africa, Burundi, and The Gambia’s withdrawals from the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, there is talk about African states planning to collectively leave the ICC. This will be a major move for them, especially considering they make up a significant portion of the Court. Reports out of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, suggest that a non-binding decision was made behind closed doors on the last day of the 28th Summit of the African Union (AU). Associated Press have also obtained the AU’s draft…

We have a new AU Commission chair, but does it matter to South Africa?

The African Union (AU) Commission’s new chairperson has been decided: Chad’s Maki Mahamat. The elections happened at an interesting time, especially with all the changes going on in the international community. The election was held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the 28th Summit of the AU. For the past four years, the position had been held by South Africa’s own Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.   Mahamat was chosen as Dlamini-Zuma’s replacement at the AU Headquarters after seven rounds of voting. He came out on top ahead of…

Climate change will hit SA’s poor the hardest

South Africa has been facing some really strange weather patterns over the past few years with alternating periods of severe drought and heavy rains resulting in flash floods which are all effects of climate change. Water and Sanitation Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane has said that it is going to take South Africa at least three years to recover from the drought, and even that might not be enough. The Daily Vox looks at who will be affected the most by climate change in South Africa. First of all, are the weather patterns we…

What are we going to do now that Trump really is president?

Donald Trump is now the President of the US. And as he recited his oath of office on 20 January, many in America and around the world thought: what the hell happens now? Well, we weren’t left to wonder for much longer. Just hours after Trump took over the presidency from Barack Obama, and the transition between the administrations became complete, several changes seemed to be taking place already. Visitors to the official White House website found that a few pages on the website were missing, most notably the White House…

The Gambia descends into further political unrest

Just one day before The Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow is set to take over from outgoing president Yahya Jammeh, the latter has declared a state of emergency prohibiting any civil disobedience and disruption of the public order from the citizens of the country. Jammeh is refusing to step down as president despite losing the general election last month. Al Jazeera reports that a National Assembly resolution was passed on Wednesday which will extend Jammeh’s term by three months starting on Wednesday, the day before…

MH370: the most bizarre conspiracy theories

On Tuesday, 17 January, the underwater search for the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was called off. The missing passengers’ next of kin were informed via an email sent by the MH370 Tripartite Joint Communiqué, which was co-signed by the Malaysian, Australian and Chinese governments. They said the search was concluded without success. With the conclusion of the investigation, it looks likely that we will never know what actually happened to the plane and its passengers. The Daily Vox team round up some of the most out-there…

Turkish president tightens grip on power with proposed constitutional changes

Turkey is set to undergo major constitutional changes, with its parliament currently voting on a constitutional Bill, which will change the system from a parliamentary one to a presidential one. The main opposition is against the changes saying they “could put the country at risk of growing authoritarianism”. The Daily Vox team looks at what these changes will mean for Turkey and its position in the region. The proposed changes are not new. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has had these constitutional changes…

World Economic Forum 2017 to tackle leadership, human rights issues

The World Economic Forum (WEF), is a gathering of influential people from the financial and business world, who come together to discuss the big issues facing the international economy. The meeting takes place annually at the end of January in the Swiss skiing town of Davos, which is where the meeting gets its name. This year will mark the 47th meeting, which will take place from 17 to 20 January 2017. The Daily Vox team looks at what the Forum is all about. The #WEF17 theme for its annual meeting is “Responsive and…

What repealing ‘Obamacare’ will mean for Americans, and us

The US healthcare plan, dubbed “Obamacare”, marks Barack Obama’s career as one of the most decisive and controversial moves he has made in his eight years as president. But now, as Obama prepares to step down as the president of the US, this legacy of his is under threat of being repealed by the Republican members of the US Senate. Members of the Republican party have opposed the Affordable Care Act ever since it came into being in 2010. However, now under new president-elect, Donald Trump, they believe they will finally…

Government gap-funding grant for the missing middle explained

Despite the #FeesMustFall protests that took place at the end of 2016, in which students from universities around the country took to the streets demanding free, decolonised education, most universities have opted to increase their university fees up to 8%. This is in line with the cap recommended by Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande. However, government - working through the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) - has committed to a gap funding grant on behalf of the “missing middle” for 2017. This…

Hashim Amla reaches a century of Test caps

Soon after he hit his stride on the pitch and became a household name, supporters of Hashim Amla appeared at stadiums sporting fake beards and dubbing themselves “The Amla Army”.  The fervent support Amla has received has shown what a prolific player he is. Now, Amla’s fans and fellow players alike have another milestone to celebrate. On 12 January 2017, Amla will play his 100th Test match when the Proteas take on Sri Lanka at The Wanderers in Johannesburg. The Daily Vox team rounds up some of the most unforgettable moments…

Ten of 2016’s best reads for your holiday #TBR

It’s that time of the year again when we start taking leave from work and university holidays are in full swing. What better way to relax and while away the hours than with a good book? 2016 has been a good year for bookworms - from some really interesting autobiographies giving us insights into our favourite famous figures, to riveting novels from local writers - this year has had a bit of everything. The Daily Vox team has rounded up some of the best reads of 2016 to put on your holiday To Be Read list. 1. My Own Liberator…

Staying in Joburg this holiday? No worries, we got you

With the December holidays coming up, many Joburgers are escaping from the madness of the city and heading to different shores for vacation. However if you’re planning to stay in Joburg, either because this year has been a bit tight in the money department, or because you’re not in the mood for braving the holiday crowds, we’ve got you covered. The Daily Vox team has rounded up the best of Joburg for you this December.  Circuses There are two fantastic circuses in town to attend: Cirque Éloize iD and the Great Moscow Circus.…

Our favourite sporting moments of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we look back at the most iconic and memorable South African sporting moments of the year. But we aren’t going just looking at the stories that made headlines, rather those that gave us the feels. The Daily Vox team rounds up some of the most memorable moments of the year. Usain Bolt’s reaction to Wayde’s win Wayde van Niekerk made the entire country proud by not only winning gold in the 400m sprint at the Olympics in Rio but also smashing a 17-year-old world record. But that's not why we think his…

António Guterres, the new UN Secretary General has a tough job ahead of him

The current Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Ban-Ki Moon is set to step down at the end of this year to make way for a new Secretary General. Portugal’s António Guterres will be taking over from Ban-Ki Moon on 1 January 2017  as the ninth UN Secretary General (UNSG). The Daily Vox team takes a closer look at the role of the UNSG and the person set to fill it. The United Nations has been under a lot of pressure to begin instituting reforms, one of which was in the form of the first ever public debate of…

Phillippa Yaa De Villiers wants the Abantu Book Festival to make reading and writing a priority in SA

The inaugural Abantu Book Festival kicked off on the 8th of December at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto.  Conceptualised by Thando Mgqolozana as a reaction to the dominance of white spaces within the South African literary space, this festival hopes to give black writers and readers a platform that they have been denied for too long. The Daily Vox team spoke to Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, a writer and performer who will be hosting a writing master class at the festival. What got you interested in participating in this…