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…

Help This Young Soccer Star Go To The US

Ziyaad Fredericks is a young footballer from Eldorado Park who has been given the opportunity to trial in the United States of America in 2019. The trip to the US is extremely expensive, and his family are helping him to raise funds for the trip. Growing up in Eldorado Park in the South of Johannesburg, Fredericks started playing soccer when he was seven-years-old. He has played in some of the biggest youth tournaments, and even represented the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the 2017-2018 season. Now he wants to…

Vote For Caster and Luvo For IAAF Athlete Of The Year!

Caster Semenya has been on fire this year. In spite of all the obstacles she has had to face, Semenya has continued racking up the awards and flying the South African flag high. She is also one of 10 nominees for the 2018 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) Female World Athlete of the Year. 🚨ALERT🚨 #AthleticsAwards announcement🤩@caster800m is one of 10 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year 2018✅ Retweet this post to vote her👇 pic.twitter.com/l43rw4bv70 — IAAF (@iaaforg) 22 October 2018…

“Poacher”, The Story Of The People Behind Abalone Poaching

Co-authors of Poacher: Confession from the abalone underworld, Kimon de Greef and Shuhood Abader look visibly tired as we sit down for our interview about their book. They later tell me this is the fifth interview for the day. It’s easy to see why they are in such high demand. The book and the story it’s telling is an anomaly for the South African landscape. Poacher is a book about Abader and his time as an abalone poacher. Poaching of the small maritime creature has become an extremely lucrative criminal business in…

Bonang Matheba Will Host The People’s Pageant

“The People’s Pageant is about pushing boundaries and changing the game.” said The People’s Pageant South Africa host Bonang Matheba said at the launch of the year-long campaign. The People’s Pageant SA – a new pageant with a cause aims to celebrate South African women who are helping others to transform the world around them.  The event was the brainchild of founder Brain Gumede who thought up the idea after his sister was rejected from a pageant because she didn’t meet the beauty standards. The event seeks to embrace…

Gender Summit Concludes With Declaration Adopted

“We are satisfied that most delegates and stakeholders at the summit have signed the declaration with amendments,” said the minister of social development Susan Shabangu at a briefing, which concluded the The National Gender Summit. Shabangu said now that the declaration has been adopted, the next stage is about implementation. The summit, organised by The Total Shut Down movement and the government, brought together civil society organisations, gender activists and government to come up with solutions to end gender-based…

Gaza: How Higher Education Suffers Under Israeli Occupation

Dr Said Al Namrouti is a Professor at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) where he teaches management sciences. He also holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand. He is currently in South Africa raising awareness about the current challenges faced by higher education in the Gaza Strip. Namrouti wants to to strengthening the relationship with universities in South Africa to find ways to help students at the universities. You are aware of the difficult situation of the people in Palestine where we have been under…

Can Fees Must Fall Influence The 2019 Elections?

Universities are often claimed to be microcosms of society with people saying understanding universities means understanding society. Rekgotsofetse Chikane says that’s not true especially at previously white universities which are bad microcosms of everyday society but a brilliant microcosm of power relations. A Fort Hare University is very different in social relations from the University of Cape Town (UCT) or University of Witwatersrand (Wits), and the power structures at Fort Hare university don’t represent our…