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‘We Are Not Post-Racial’: Author Kharnita Mohamed On Identity In SA

Called To Song is academic Kharnita Mohamed’s debut novel. It delves into issues of race, gender and identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Mohamed’s personal politics and personal experiences colour the brilliant story of a woman who finds herself after going through many tragedies. Mohamed spoke to The Daily Vox about her writing and her inspirations for the novel. What got you into writing? I left for Chicago in 2006 and I came back in 2010. I was puzzled by a number of things I had seen . I had noticed we were at a…

‘It’s Only Blood’ Fights Stigma And Shame Around Menstruation

Millions people around the world experience menstruation. It is a basic biological bodily function and yet menstruation is often viewed as something shameful. Regardless of a person’s economic, political and social standing, if a person menstruates, it is accompanied by shame. However, for some menstruators, the shame can have dire consequences. In her book It’s Only Blood, Anna Dahlqvist tells these people’s stories. Anna Dahlqvist is a journalist specialising in gender, sexuality and human rights. She is editor-in-chief of…

#NWURacism Students Protest Language Policy

On Friday September 7, students from the University of the North West Potchefstroom campus embarked on a strike. They handed over a joint Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command and South African Student Congress memorandum. The students are calling for English to be implemented as a the medium of instruction and to do away from Afrikaans. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Many students took to social media after the strike. They said that while the strike was peaceful, they were met with extreme racism from students. Students…

‘The Workers Cup’ Captures The Misery Behind The 2022 FIFA World Cup

Everyday millions of people migrate all around the world. They move within their countries, to neighbouring countries and over the seas. They could be fleeing wars, natural disasters or migrating for economic reason. In the award-winning documentary. The Workers Cup directed by Adam Sobel, it is that group of people - migrant workers - who are the focus. . https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/workers-cup-producer-ramzy-haddad-on-prioritising-workers-in-film-fatima-moosa The documentary film tells the story of a group of migrant…

#JoburgFire: NEHAWU Members Warned Officials 3 Years Ago Over Unsafe Building

Three firefighters lost their lives on Wednesday while battling a fire that broke out the Gauteng provincial human settlements and cooperative governance building. One of the firefighters fell to his death, while fighting the blaze while the other two succumbed to their injuries. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) met with the Infrastructure Development MEC on Thursday morning to discuss further actions. This meeting came after the trade union said their members had warned about the fire…

‘Workers Cup’ Producer Ramzy Haddad On Prioritising Workers In Film

Migrant workers around the world work in very dangerous conditions and live in even worst conditions. The Workers Cup is a documentary by director Adam Sobel which looks at the migrant workers and labourers who are working in Qatar building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The workers face death and injury on a daily basis but they are all united by their love of football. The Daily Vox team spoke to Ramzy Haddad, a producer of the film, about why they wanted to tell the workers’ story. The film captures the experiences…

Sportswomen Get Their Chance To Shine At Awards

Women’s sport in South Africa is a very difficult place to navigate. Most sportswomen play amateur, do not get paid either equally or at all, have to face many difficulties and are not recognised despite matching up or overtaking their male counterparts. gsport4girls is an organisation that was started to raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa. On August 31, gsport4girls held their annual awards. FATIMA MOOSA attended the awards.…

Everything You Need To Know About NSFAS 2019

September 3 marked the reopening of new applications for student funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas). Applications had been closed with changes in the board of the scheme as well as a backlog of 2017 and 2018 applications. Nsfas has faced many problems this year in the wake of former President Jacob Zuma's announcement of free higher education for first-year students. The Daily Vox team breaks down the need to know for the scheme in 2019.…

Rosie Motene On Her Book ‘Reclaiming The Soil’

A black girl’s struggle to find her African self is the tagline of Rosie Motene’s autobiography. In her book, the presenter, actor and businesswoman paints a startling picture of living as a black girl with a white family during apartheid era. The Daily Vox team spoke to Motene about her book and what it meant to write her truth. To start off, tell me a bit about yourself? I was living in Uganda in 2016 and then came back. Prior to that I started my talent agency Waka Talent where I represent talent from across Africa. So…

Things Non-Black POC Need To Stop Doing

Racism is often thought of as something that exists within communities of a certain light colouring. However, contrary to that idea racists exists in all communities especially the non-black people of colour communities. People of colour (POC) is not a term that is really used in South Africa and it does have colonial roots. It is a term is rooted in historic anti-blackness and racial ambiguity. While POC are all subject to racism, they can sometimes be the biggest perpetrators. The Daily Vox team round up five racist acts…

Activist: “No Support” From Government For Victims Of Gender-Based Violence

On August 1, thousands of women marched throughout South Africa against gender-based violence in The Total Shutdown march.  One of the woman who marched in Pretoria to the Union Buildings was rape survivor and gender activist, Romila Harris. The Daily Vox spoke to her about her work as an activist. In 2006 I was mugged, brutally beaten up and raped and I chose as an Indian woman in the veld in Laudium to never speak of my rape. Not only was I married to a prominent man in society, I was also the mother of two little girls.…

FMF Activist Calls For Fees Must Fall TRC, All Protest-Related Charges To Be Dropped

During the 2015 and 2016 Fees Must Fall (FMF) protests, many student activists were charged with public violence and destruction of property. Even after Free Education became a government policy as of December 2016, those charges have still remained. Many of the activists have suspended sentences. Now the charged activists are on a mission to get those charges dropped through a presidential pardon. UPDATE: Justice Minister Michael Masutha addressed media on Monday morning regarding amnesty for Fees Must Fall activists.…

Under-Resourced Blind Cricket Is Growing In SA

Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA) is an organisation, partially affiliated with Cricket South Africa. BCSA represents South Africa in blind cricket which is a form of cricket adapted for blind and partially sighted players. The Daily Vox team spoke to Sonwabile Bidla, a player and representative from BCSA. South African Blind Cricket started ages ago - it materialised in 1996 under two leaders. In 1998 it was the first World Cup that happened in India in which Blind Cricket South Africa took it in records. In 2000 they went…

Your Hajj And Eid-Ul-Adha Questions Answered

From August 19 till 23, thousands of Muslims will be gathered in Saudi Arabia for the holy pilgrimage of Hajj.  This marks one of the five pillars of the religion followed by millions around the world. While not everyone goes for pilgrimage, Muslims around the world celebrate the Day of Eid-Ul-Adha during the five days. In South Africa, this celebration will take place on Wednesday August 22. Here’s what you need to know about the day. What is Eid Ul Adha? Just like the Eid that is celebrated after the month of Ramadan, this…

NSFAS Is On Its Knees

The chairperson of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) Sizwe Nxasana announced on 9 August that he was resigning from the funding body. The higher education minister Naledi Pandor said applications for 2019 Nsfas would be closed until further notice. All the while protests continue at universities with students asking for their allowances. Update: On 28 August, Nsfas announced that its chief executive Steven Zwane has been suspended with immediate effect, following allegations of maladministration.  In July,…

We All Have To Demand Justice For Marikana

“Marikana could happen again” was the powerful message that emerged from a film screening and panel discussion which took place at the Chalsty Centre. Hosted by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) and University of Witwatersrand Law students, the film “Imbokodo: The Widows of Marikana” was shown. This was followed by a discussion featuring Nomzamo Zondo, SERI director of Litigation, Koketso Moeti, executive director of amandla.mobi and Nazia Dinat, a LLM student at Wits University. The film which was produced in 2015…

Here’s What #TheTotalShutdown Movement Is Demanding

August 1 marked the day thousands of womxn and gender nonconforming people marched throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries. The march was an intersectional movement against gender-based violence against womxn. (GBVAW) In Pretoria, the steering committee waited until the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa came to meet them and accept their detailed memorandum of demands. This is the list they handed over to the President. The organisers handed over a comprehensive list of demands. Below is a summary of the…

How After Hours Game Shows Mental Illness

After Hours is a video game that deals with gender-based violence and Borderline Personality Disorder. It was created by Bahiyya Khan, a 23-year-old Experimental Storytelling Masters student at the University of Witwatersrand. She got into video game developing after doing her undergraduate degree in game designing. The Daily Vox team spoke to her about her work. After discovering that game design was a degree in Grade 11, Khan decided to pursue a degree in that university. I thought it was pretty cool because it combined…

Univen Students Shutdown Campus Over NSFAS Problems

The shutdown at the University of Venda (Univen) continues even as the university announces academic activities will resume August 13. For the past week academic activities at the Limpopo-based university have been cancelled as students held protests. The protests were centered around the fact that students had not received their funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. (NSFAS) UPDATE: Makumbi Khathutshelo, the secretary-general of the Student Representative Council (SRC) told The Daily Vox that most students…

UCT BAC Demands Thorough Investigation Into Prof Mayosi’s Death

On Friday, the University of Cape Town announced that they were in the process of an inquiry into the death of the dean of health sciences Professor Bongani Mayosi. Mayosi had died of suicide at the end of July. His death was met with a lot of shock from the university and wider medical community. The Daily Vox team takes a closer look at the details of the enquiry. UPDATE Secretary of the BAC, Mapheyeledi Motimele told The Daily Vox in an interview that: “For us it’s not necessary about the outcomes, it’s about the process…