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…

How The Coconuts Led The #FeesMustFall Revolution

Rekgotsofetse Chikane wants to tell the story of his experience of Rhodes Must Fall. That’s the impression I get from the conversation I had with the former University of Cape Town (UCT) student leader, and his book “Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation.” Meeting Chikane in the Woolworths cafe at Hyde Park strikes me as very ironic. I had just started his book the previous day. In it Chikane speaks about the whitish hues of racial integration in South Africa - the Rainbow Nation narrative. Shopping malls are apparently…

Wits Project Aims To Create Sustainable And Healthy Eating On Campus

Tucked into an inconspicuous corner of West campus at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) is the Wits Food Garden - a beautiful area filled with vegetables and herbs. Providing food for needy Wits students, the garden is part of a larger project with the Food Sovereignty Centre to fight food insecurity. The Daily Vox team visited the garden and centre.Aiming to address the widespread hunger challenges faced by Wits students - the project wants create a space for students to grow, prepare, and eat their own food. Managed…

Gender Summit To Hold Government Accountable For Gender-Based Violence Failures

On August 1, thousands of womxn* marched in South Africa, under the banner of The Total Shutdown Movement. They demanded that the government take decisive action against the problem of gender-based violence plaguing womxn. The Total Shutdown Movement presented a list of 24 demands to the government. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/heres-what-thetotal-shutdown-movement-is-demanding-fatima-moosa/ One of the demands from the movement was for the government to “establish and drive a multi-stakeholder and comprehensive process…

SA’s Future Champs In Spain: “It Was A Wonderful Experience.”

Through a joint partnership between Spanish football league, La Liga’s South African branch and the Gauteng Department of Sport, five youngsters were afforded the opportunity to travel to Spain to experience the country’s footballing culture. The Daily Vox team spoke to the young people upon their return to South Africa. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/we-speak-to-sas-future-football-stars-headed-to-spain-fatima-moosa/ Antonio Barradas is the La Liga Africa managing director - and is partly responsible for the Spanish…

Massive Support Shown As Proteas Head To West Indies

The Proteas Women are going to West Indies for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20 World Cup. The tournament - taking place from November 9 to 24 - brings together the best of women’s cricket, battling it out for the trophy. After the disappointment of the 2017 Women’s World Cup where the Proteas lost in the semi-finals, the team are more determined than ever to bring home a trophy. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/proteas-cried-womens-world-cup-so-what/ It was a beautiful surprise Cricket South Africa…

5 Cheap Ways To Get Books

Books are expensive. There is no denying that most books sold at mainstream book stores or online are astronomically expensive. People just can’t afford to spend over R300 at minimum for a single book. Yet, the importance of reading and developing a reading culture cannot be overstated. The Daily Vox team rounds up five ways to get books for less. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/five-bookstores-where-you-can-find-alternative-literature-fatima-moosa/ Pick-A-Book Library The Reading Educational Trust has developed a book box…

‘Yes, I’m Hot In This’ Cartoons To Be Made Into Book

The person behind the hilarious and thought-provoking Instagram account, YesImHotInThis, is coming out with a book compilation of her cartoons - Yes, I’m Hot In This: The Hilarious Truth About Life in a Hijab. Fahmy who uses her cartoons to tackle serious issues like Islamophobia, and cultural appropriation along with day-to-day issues like the dangers of online shopping, and annoying aunties. The Daily Vox team spoke to Fahmy about her upcoming book.…

When The People Of Kerala Refused To Let The City Drown

They were the heaviest rains the city had seen in nearly a century. More than 5.4 million people from the Indian state of Kerala were affected by the floods, and 419 people lost their lives to them. But the death toll and damage would have been much higher, if it wasn’t for the collective efforts of the socialist Kerala government, civil society and the people. This is according to the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, an international institution which stimulates debate around issues affecting people around…

Nursing Students Angry Over Mismanagement, Unfair Exam

Third-year students at the Ann Latsky Nursing school in Johannesburg protested on October 11 after raising concerns since the start of the year about mismanagement and the level of examinations they have to write. But their demands have been met with no response. The protest at the institution is the result of student dissatisfaction with the level of teaching assessments they have been getting this year. Lerato Madumo-Gova from the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) told The Daily Vox, “their complaints have been…

After Getting No Help, Gigantomastia Sufferer Starts Her Own NPO

Gigantomastia is a rare disease that affects women, and is characterised by excessive breast growth. It may occur spontaneously, during puberty or pregnancy, or while taking certain medications. Four months ago, The Daily Vox spoke to Cami Neelse who is living with the condition. She has now started a non-profit organisation (NPO) to help raise awareness about it. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/living-with-gigantomastia-when-private-and-public-hospitals-will-not-help-fatima-moosa/ Since The Daily Vox last spoke to…

Wits Dental Students Reject University Reply To Demands

University of Witwatersrand Dental School student says students are not happy with the received response from the management. Dental students from the protested over poor working conditions and bad treatment by the university on October 2. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/dental-students-at-wits-protest-unhealthy-learning-environment-fatima-moosa/ In a letter to dental students from the assistant dean of teaching and learning seen by The Daily Vox, the faculty of Health Sciences says they are committed to addressing the…

#BloodFriday: Coloured Community Say They Are Tired Of Suffering

It was the death of Heather Peterson, a 45-year-old woman from Westbury that sparked the widespread protests amongst the coloured communities in Gauteng. Peterson was killed after being caught in a crossfire shootout between two rival gangs. For the past month, communities from Westbury to Ennerdale have taken to the streets to protest against the lack of police action, criminal drug rings, and rising unemployment in their areas. Leading with the narrative of being the forgotten people, the coloured communities have been…

Three Years After The Kunduz Hospital Airstrike, Thousands Remain Without Medical Care

It was the only trauma hospital serving the people of Kunduz, an area in northeastern Afghanistan. On October 3 2015, the US army bombed the Kunduz Trauma Centre, killing 42 staff and patients. The hospital was destroyed. Built by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2011, the hospital provided essential health care to civilians and soldiers alike. Its destruction had untold consequences for the people in the area. Guilhem Molinie and Jonine Lotter, two MSF staff, were in Kunduz at the time. “MSF works in conflict zones all…

What The VBS Report Means For The ANC, EFF, DA

A new Treasury report details how Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu’s brother, Brian Shivambu, allegedly sent R10 million of the stolen R16.1 million from people who banked at VBS, to Floyd, with the party receiving R1.3 million of that money. Released on Wednesday October 10, the lengthy VBS Mutual Bank report titled “The Great Bank Heist”  revealed that 53 people illegally received R1,89 billion between 2015 and 2018. The report, commissioned by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and…

Girls Guides SA Teaches Young Girls Important Life Skills

Girl Guides South Africa is the national branch of international organisation, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Around the world, the organisation teaches young girls important leadership skills, while helping them improve their communities. Jolene Evans is in charge of the Port Shepstone branch. She spoke to The Daily Vox team about the organisation. What is Girl Guides? Girl Guides is a worldwide organisation, and there are approximately 10 million girls and women in the world that are a part of…

In Reclaiming The Soil, Rosie Motene Finds Her Roots

Reading Rosie Motene’s biography, Reclaiming The Soil: A black girl’s struggle to find her African self feels like catching up with a friend you haven’t seen for many years. FATIMA MOOSA takes a deeper look at the themes in the book. There is not a single person in the world who can completely say they know who they are, where their roots lie, and what they are about. Struggling with identity is a part of being human, and a question that is central to South African discourse. Motene’s struggles are just a bit more…

Ahead of 2019 Election, SA Political Parties Vow To Take Young People More Seriously

Think-tank Youth Lab launched their 2019 Youth Manifesto, a collection of challenges and solutions to the problems young people face in South Africa, at the Wits Club on 4 October. Compiled through a months-long process in consultation with the country’s youth, the launch of the manifesto was accompanied by discussions and engagements between young people and political party representatives. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/this-youth-manifesto-hopes-to-amplify-young-peoples-2019-election-vision/ The manifesto…

This Youth Manifesto Hopes To Amplify Young People’s 2019 Election Vision

2019 is just a couple of months away, and political parties are already gearing up for next year’s general elections.  With the many challenges currently facing South Africa, political parties will have many issues to consider in formulating their manifestos. In preparation for the election, Youth Lab has put together the South African Youth Manifesto. This is a mandate from young South Africans, expressing their views and opinions about the role they want to play in taking the country forward. South African-based youth…