DRC: Unity Governments Have Failed In Africa Before

The fate of the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hangs in the balance. The disputed election results - released after long delays from the electoral commission - announced that Felix Tshisekedi as the winner. There are now plenty of eyes on the country to see what happens next. Tshisekedi’s party the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) was formed by the DRC’s long-time opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi - and his father. There are reports that Etienne was not happy with his son taking…

Stop Letting Capitalism Convince You To Overwork

Recently Buzzfeed News published an article about “Millennial Burnout” - the condition seeming to affect people born between the years 1980 and 2000. It describes a condition when seemingly easy tasks are considerably much difficult for millennials from standing in queues and filling in forms - amongst other things. Many people from the older generations do not understand this and seem to think millennials are such lazy.  Yet it is this very work ethic that has been drilled into millennials from parents and older people…

Everything You Need To Know About NSFAS 2019

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a funding loan system that been plagued by many problems. Delays in providing funds and not getting back to applicants about the application status were some of the problems. The 2017 introduction of free education by former President Jacob Zuma further burdened the already strained system. FATIMA MOOSA breaks everything you need to know about Nsfas in 2019. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/everything-you-need-to-know-about-nsfas-2019-fatima-moosa/ Calls for Nsfas to be…

Everything To Know About The DRC Elections

It’s been almost three weeks since the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) cast their votes in the presidential election on December 30. Closely observed by international and African observers, there have been delays with the release of the results. UPDATE: In the early hours of January 09, the electoral commission announced the results of the election - with opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi provisionally receiving 38% of the vote. In response to the results, runner-up in the polls Martin Fayulu denounced…

10 Movies Of 2019 To Look Forward To

While 2018 was the year for amazing movie releases (Remember Inxeba and Black Panther !)  2019 has some great releases coming out which is sure to see people flocking to the cinemas. Here are the ones we are most looking forward to. Avengers Endgame: The highly anticipated fourth Avengers movie will be releasing on April 26. Picking up from the cliffhanger of Avengers: Infinity War, the story is going to center around Thanos and the destruction the villain has wreaked on the world. Aladdin: Releasing on May 24,…

AFCON: Morals Matter In African Football

Cameroon has been withdrawn as hosts of the 2019 African Cup of Nations due to delays with security and preparation concerns. The new hosts are expected to be announced on January 9 with South Africa leading the list of countries to take over. (We really shouldn’t be doing this again - remember 2010?)  Despite many saying it is a blow that Cameroon won’t be hosting this year, the country will be reportedly hosting the 2021 tournament. UPDATE: Egypt has been given the hosting rights for Afcon 2019 - beating out South…

COPA90 Creators Are Telling The Human Football Story

COPA90 - a London-based football media company - recently launched the Creator Commissions initiative. Every month through the Commission the company gives grants to COPA90 fans and filmmakers to tell a story that they think the football community should know about. The Daily Vox team spoke to Alasdair Cullen, a senior communications manager, about the exciting project. COPA90, which started off as a YouTube channel in 2013, has now grown into a media operation running on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.…

In Conversation With The Unstoppable Artist Céline Tshika

Céline Tshika can’t be boxed into just one art genre. She is a writer, singer, actor, and blogger. From the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa and now Los Angeles (LA), Tshika is determined to make her mark on the world. Currently studying in LA, Tshika is looking to get a permanent stay and develop her art in LA. The Daily Vox spoke to her about her artistic journey. Born in the DRC, Tshika and her family migrated to Johannesburg, South Africa when she was just a few months old for financial reasons. She…

Ming-Cheau Lin’s ‘Just Add Rice’ Recipe Book Is An Immigration Story

Storyteller, immigrant, copywriter, and cookbook author - for Ming-Cheau Lin it is all these different identities that have come together in the writing of her Taiwanese-South African cookbook Just Add Rice. Released in 2018, the book is a combination of amazing recipes - and more importantly the stories behind the foods. The Daily Vox team sat down with Lin to chat about the book, identity and the danger of stereotypes. Food was an important part of Lin’s life from a young age - whether it was helping her mother and…

Ada Hegerberg Deserves RESPECT

It’s nearly the end of 2018 and we are still having the exact same conversations about women in football. Conversations constantly arise calling for women to be given a seat at the table and for there to be more recognition of women in football and sport generally. Well FATIMA MOOSA is calling bullshit on that. The Ballon D’Or is an annual football award presented by France Football. At the 2018 Ballon D’Or, for the first time ever (!) a woman footballer was awarded the Ballon d'Or Féminin - the women’s Ballon D’Or. Since…

Claim That Zama Zamas Pose Threat To JHB Is ‘Xenophobic’ – Foundation

The City of Johannesburg is on the brink of impending doom. Well, that is according to a Sunday Times report from November 25.  Quoting experts in the mining industry, The Sunday Times reported that gas and fuel lines in the city’s underground could be at danger of damage due to illegal mining activities. Speaking to The Sunday Times, Conel Mackay, the Johannesburg infrastructure protection unit head said: “The city faces a disaster beyond imagination.” The Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba said he has tried…

In Conversation With Fatimah Asghar

Muslim, American, Pakistani-Kashmiri, poet, writer - in her debut poetry collection, Fatimah Asghar reflects on navigating those identities through questions of race, history, sexuality, and nationality. If They Come For Us  - released in 2018 - is a beautiful book filled with thought-provoking and reflective work. FATIMA MOOSA spoke to Asghar about her work and more. As an established touring poet, screenwriter and performer, Asghar’s work has appeared in many magazines and journals, and news outlets. She is also a…

Liberia: Free Education Faces Same Problems As South Africa

George Weah, the president of Liberia, announced in October that all tuition for undergraduates attending Liberia’s public universities would be free. Making the announcement at the University of Liberia, Weah said “The inability of our young people to continue their education is very troubling.” In October 2018, Liberian students protested the tuition increase saying they simply couldn’t afford the fees which were leading to low student enrollment. Weah visited the University of Liberia during the protests, warning that…

Sibahle Collection: A Doll For Everyone

European beauty standards continue to be pervasive in society with most products including toys in the consumer market reaffirming those standards. Sibahle Collection is the company that is trying to change that. The Daily Vox team spoke to the co-founder of Sibahle Collection Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu. Vilakazi-Ofosu works full-time at an IT company while breaking down beauty stereotypes through the dolls she and her business partner Caroline Hlahla make. Sibahle Collection is not just a doll company. The pair have added…

Hey UCT, Here’s How To ACTUALLY Make IT Attractive For Women

Patriarchy continues to be pervasive in all sectors of life. The Information Technology (IT) sector is no exception to this. The sector has traditionally been male-dominated, even as there have been strides to change this and make it more inclusive to women. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of IT apparently has a plan to “make the sector more attractive.” FATIMA MOOSA writes about her thoughts on their plan. The institution has introduced The Girl’s Lounge, sponsored by the Female Quotient, which will host…

Resurrecting Mam’ Winnie: In Conversation With Sisonke Msimang

“I don’t think I would have written the book if Winnie Mandela was still alive,” Sisonke Msimang says, speaking on the phone from Australia. Her latest release The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela is a provocative and questioning look at the life and death of Mam' Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - and what this all says about post-apartheid South Africa. FATIMA MOOSA spoke to Msimang about what writing the book was like.…

Fees Must Fall 3.0? Postgrad Funding Is The Next Student Crisis

One of former president Jacob Zuma’s final acts as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) was to announce free education mandate during the ANC’s National Congress in December 2017. 2018 has been a trying year for students and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) with many hiccups in the rollout. Now another student funding crisis could be looming - worsening the already strained higher education sector. The free education mandate rolled in January 2018 was based on a government plan with first…

The Weirdest Ideas People Have About Scarf Wearers

A large number of Muslim women around the world wear headscarves as part of a partial fulfillment of the hijab.  Observing hijab is about much more than just dress code, and is by no means confined to women alone. Wearing the headscarf does make Muslim women very visible - and with that comes many questions and comments. FATIMA MOOSA rounds up some of the funny and not funny things headscarf-wearing Muslim women hear. Many Muslim woman around the world wear the headscarf for a number of reasons. Muslim women are not a…

A Johannesburg, Migration Love Letter

I Want To Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis is a collection of 13 narrations that looks at the lives and stories of people in the city of Johannesburg. Edited by journalist Tanya Pampalone and academic Loren B Landau, the collections aims to tell a nuanced migration story. The Daily Vox team sat down with Pampalone to chat about the book. “We are equal where? … We discriminate against each other. That’s how racism started. That’s how xenophobia started. When you finish…

Protesting Nursing Students Blocked From Entering Campus

Third year students at the Johannesburg-based Ann Latsky Nursing College have continued their protest against the allegations of unfair examinations and mismanagement at the college. On Monday November 12, third-year students were prevented from entering the campus by management and public order policing. They were due to write an examination at noon. Students were also reportedly mishandled by police. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/nursing-students-angry-over-mismanagement-unfair-exam-fatima-moosa/ The latest action at…