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Emmanuel Macron can’t seem to stop his Africa gaffes

French President Emmanuel Macron seems determined to carry on the proud tradition of Western leaders making the worst comments about the people of Africa, and especially the colonial history of the continent. He has said some pretty terrible things during his few months as the French president. The Daily Vox team rounds up some of Macron’s worst blunders. Competing against far right-wing Marine Le Pen in the French election, most people who weren’t far right were hoping that Macron would emerge the winner of the election.…

Three soldiers in the Lesotho army are fighting their dismissals over pregnancy

Three soldiers who were dismissed from the Lesotho army for falling pregnant say the rules around their dismissal are unfair, and are determined to be reinstated and compensated. The Daily Vox team rounds up. The trio were discharged from the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) after falling pregnant, though one of the privates later suffered a miscarriage. The LDF discharged them on grounds of Standing Order No.2 of 2014 which says states that any female soldiers with less than five years’ service who gets pregnant will be…

In 2018, we’re respecting SA women’s sports

Women’s sports in South Africa had a lot of wins in 2017. From Banyana Banyana winning the 2017 Cosafa Cup Championship to the Proteas Women getting a joint third at the ICC Women’s World Cup, it’s been a good year. However, so much more needs to be done in 2018 and beyond to ensure that SA women’s sport gets the recognition it so deserves. The sight of the Proteas Women’s team crying as they lost to England in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup left many with the feels. As the England team celebrated reaching the final,…

Gift Ngoepe on his incredible journey to the MLB – and how to get more Africans there

Mpho Gift Ngoepe made history by being the first black South African to play in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He recently moved from his debut team, the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Toronto Blue Jays. Ngoepe isn’t just making history in the US but wants to get more South Africans involved in baseball. The Daily Vox team caught up with to speak about his transfer and his baseball plans for SA. You’ve just moved to the Toronto Blue Jays. How do you feel about the move? I’m very excited about the move. It brings a lot of new…

Sleigh queens: meet the Nigerian bobsled team making history

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are three names you need to know as of right now. They are the three members of the Bobsled & Skeleton Sports Federation of Nigeria who made history by becoming the first team from the African continent to qualify for the bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics. They are also the first Nigerian athletes to qualify for a Winter Games. The Games are set to take place in 2018 in Korea. The Daily Vox team rounds up what you need to know about the team. The trio are dual…

Why the Mother City can’t accommodate its own football clubs

The City of Cape Town have expressed surprise at Cape Town City F.C. (CTCFC) coach Benni McCarthy’s statement of outrage regarding the team's upcoming Premier Soccer League (PSL) home game, which has been moved to Durban.  A Rugby 7s match has been scheduled at Cape Town Stadium and it needs to be prepped. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Councillor Stuart Diamond, mayoral committee member for assets and facilities management told The Daily Vox that the City was flabbergasted at the statement released by the CTCFC coach as the…

UNICEF: We need to do better by our children in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS

Ahead of World Aids Day, Unicef released its Children and AIDS: 2017 Statistical Update during a panel discussion, chaired by journalist Iman Rappetti. The panel included Aids researchers and Unicef members. The report shows that while progress has been made in some areas of prevention of HIV and Aids infections in children, most areas are lagging behind. The Daily Vox was at the launch. The report reveals that while there has been enormous progress in areas such as the prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT),…

How inadequate services and untrained staff re-victimise sexual violence survivors

On Tuesday morning, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) officially launched a new report which looked at the critical gaps which exist in the provision of medical and clinical forensic care for survivors of sexual violence. Along with the launch of the report, NGO Sonke Gender Justice launched a new guide for journalists and editors for reporting on gender-based violence. The Daily Vox was there. The morning’s proceedings kicked off with the launch of the report by Dr Amir Shroufi, an MSF medical coordinator. Shroufi said the…

Major League’s Gift Ngoepe wants to put African baseball on the map

In April, this year, South Africans were hastily Googling things like “getting a single in the first at-bat” and other baseball-related terms when it emerged that the first-ever black South African player would be making his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut. Mpho Gift Ngoepe made history by being the first South African in the MLB, and now he wants to make baseball a big thing in South Africa. The Daily Vox rounds up. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/gifted-south-african-makes-history-us-major-league-baseball-fatima-moosa/…

SA’s healthcare system is failing survivors of sexual violence

New research by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 256 designated public health facilities has found critical gaps in the provision of comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence. The Daily Vox rounds up. The study found that while some facilities have the resources to provide some services, most facilities could not provide the essential services needed by survivors of sexual violence. Of the facilities surveyed, 73% were unable to provide at least one of the essential services required; 85% did not have the…

How to survive #BlackFriday: plan, plan, plan!

Black Friday is an American shopping holiday of sorts which has now become a big deal in South Africa. In the United States of America, Black Friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving or on the fourth Friday of November. It marks the beginning on the Christmas shopping season. However, the past couple of years, this shopping phenomenon has taken over South Africa as well. The Daily Vox team rounds up what you should really know about Black Friday. Black Friday has been growing in prominence since 2014, when supermarket…

The bad news for Zimbabwe: military coups rarely end well

The ongoing situation in Zimbabwe might not technically be classified as a coup - at least according to the Zimbabwean army and other officials. However, coup or not, the many times the military has seized power in the African continent show that military coups and takeovers are never a good thing for the people. The Daily Vox team rounds up five such times.   1. Lesotho - 2017 In September this year, Lesotho army commander Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead at a military barracks by rival officers. This came after a…

Zimbabweans in SA react: “I think everyone knows that it is a coup”

The ongoing situation in Zimbabwe seems to have left many Zimbabweans in South Africa and in Zimbabwe unsure about the future of the country. The outcome of the military takeover is yet to be realised with negotiations ongoing between President Robert Mugabe and the military currently taking place. The Daily Vox team spoke to a few Zimbabweans living in South Africa about what they hope will be the best outcome of the current military takeover in Zimbabwe. Mako Muzenda, 24, student, Harare I think with the word "coup"…

#StateCapture: “I feel like not paying my taxes because of the corruption”

As more allegations of corruption and state capture emerge from the media and in books like Jacques Pauw’s The President's Keepers, frustration with issues like state capture and corruption are rising. The Daily Vox team asked some people if they think taxpayers are simply funding government looting and corruption. Lindiwe Dim, 23, student, Germiston People with money in our country have a lot of influence over other people and the same way there is nepotism, when people have connections things just work out. I don’t think…

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma denies cigarette smuggler allegations

African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has broken her silence about the alleged dodgy sources of her campaign funding. Dlamini-Zuma took to Twitter on Thursday evening to deny allegations against her published in the Sunday Times and Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers. The Daily Vox teams rounds up. NDZ tweeted saying that people may accuse her of many things but not corruption. She also added that she has never been corrupt and never will be. People can accuse me of many…

NDZ is way more than just Zuma’s ex-wife, but her alliance with Zuma is problematic

This week, African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee member Edna Molewa wrote an open letter calling out the “Zuma's ex-wife” narrative that has surrounded ANC presidential hopeful, Dr. Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma. While this problematic narrative has persisted in the media without a doubt, there is also no question that Dlamini-Zuma’s political alliances - especially the one with President Jacob Zuma - should be looked at. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is definitely much more than Zuma’s ex-wife. And The Daily Vox…

Kenya repeat election marred by low voter turnout

On Thursday, Kenyans headed to the polls for the second time this year. There were reports of political violence in some areas and three people were killed. Some Kenyans were prevented from voting and in some areas voting was extended. The Daily Vox team rounds up what happened in #KenyaDecides 2.0. Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a lead in the repeat election which took place yesterday. However, the voting which started on Thursday morning was marred by low voter turnout and several disruptions from protestors as…

Why we shouldn’t panic about South Africa’s WHO plague assessment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified South Africa as a “priority country” for bubonic plague preparedness. But there’s no reason for panic. Warnings like these are normal for countries with travel and trade links. The Daily Vox explains what you need to know about the risk assessment. The WHO may have issued a bubonic plague warning to South Africa but there’s little reason to panic. Dr. John Frean, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), told The Daily Vox the only people in South Africa at…

UFS withdraws private security, CPUT justifies it, and UCT heads to court

#FeesMustFall protests continued at the University of the Free State (UFS), University of Cape Town (UCT), and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). While issues of private security stayed at the forefront at UFS and CPUT, UCT management applied for an interdict. The Daily Vox team rounds up. University of the Free State A private security company operating on the Qwaqwa campus has been suspended on suspicion of using live ammunition against students. The UFS spokesperson Lacea Loader told News24 that the incident…

Amidst extreme politicking at Wits, the EFF takes the SRC

On Thursday, the University of Witwatersrand chapter of the Economic Freedom Fighters, also known as Wits EFF Student Command (EFFSC) announced it had won the 2017 Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. The SRC elections which were conducted this year via online voting were marred by fighting between the student political parties on social media as well as allegations of voter fraud. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Wits EFFSC was announced as the winners of the election late on Thursday evening. It won 12 out of the…