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South African Muslim Activism Must Go Beyond Palestine

At a panel discussion on Tuesday hosted by the University of Cape Town Palestine Solidarity Forum, the issues of race, settler colonialism, and Palestine were the topics of the evening. Host Alexandra Hotz emphasized at the beginning of the evening that it was crucial to bring up the reality that Palestinian solidarity was the only time some took any interest in social justice - local concerns, tragedies on the continent, and injustices elsewhere were ignored. While the discussion covered a broad range of issues, a recurring…

Five ways Black Panther explored decolonial themes

Marvel’s Black Panther is more than just a superhero movie. It is groundbreaking in every aspect, delving topics untouched in mainstream cinema - let alone a superhero blockbuster. As critics have noted, the movie defies genres and pulls together something altogether new - it’s current rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes is no accident. One of the most thrilling features of the film is how it seamlessly wove together and normalised decolonial themes. The Daily Vox explores some of the most stand-out aspects of Black Panther’s…

How Cape universities are planning for water restrictions and #DayZero

Universities in Cape Town have a predicament on their hands. They have to somehow facilitate thousands of students on their premises in a time severe water restrictions without much assistance from government. Currently, universities and schools are not on the City’s list of institutions (hospitals, old age homes, prisons, fire stations, police stations, clinics, children homes) which will be exempt from #DayZero restrictions - meaning their taps will also be shut off when that fateful day comes a-knocking. To find out how…

John Kani on what Black Panther means for Africa

During an interview at the US premiere of Black Panther, the legendary South African actor John Kani - who plays King T’Challa in Marvel’s latest blockbuster - dropped some serious bars on what Black Panther means for Africa. We’ve transcribed parts of the interview so you can take in Kani’s powerful statement. We’ve watched too many movies of Tarzan in Africa, and we’ve never found this legend among us. When our grandfathers tell us stories there was nothing of a white man talking with apes. So when I was talking to my son…

Wits Strike Ends – Workers satisfied with outcome

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and other unions have been on strike at the University of Witwatersrand since last week. But over the weekend negotiations took a positive turn for workers resulting in the end of the strike on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday Nehawu, Numsa, the Administrative, Library and Technical Staff Association (ALTSA) and the Academic Staff Association of Wits University (Asawu) signed an agreement with Wits…

The other water crisis: Eastern Cape is in serious danger

The Cape water crisis has shaken South Africa. The reality that easy access to clean running water will soon be stripped from one of SA’s most prosperous cities has raised awareness of water as a precious commodity that’s been taken for granted. But unknown to most, the Western Cape might not be the province we should be most concerned about. Three districts in the Eastern Cape have already declared state of disaster due to drought since May 2017 - with two more expressing intention to declare. In an interview with the Daily…

21 tips for the privileged facing lifestyle shifts as #DayZero hits

As the water crisis in the Western Cape reaches increasingly worrying stages, it’s become evident that #DayZero is almost inevitable. As a result of this South Africans have been sharing advice on how to coordinate the change in lifestyle that some will be facing - a lifestyle that, as many have pointed out, has been the norm for the majority of South Africans for generations. The Daily Vox compiled a list of useful advice for people undergoing the lifestyle shift that goes along with not having easy access to large amounts…

The burning questions on #FreeEducation government needs to answer

Since the announcement by President Jacob Zuma in December of free education for the poor and working class, there’s been a lot of confusion surrounding how government would implement it. Besides plans for 2018, government have not provided much information surrounding the policy, resulting in widespread speculation about what Zuma’s announcement would practically work. The Daily Vox summarises the key questions we have about government’s implementation plans. 1. What is the roll out plan? Last week the minister of finance…

Everything you need to know about higher education’s CACH system

The Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) system has been pushed by universities and the department of higher education and training (DHET) as the route prospective students should follow if they’re struggling to find a place at universities. Students have expressed both confusion and deep criticism of it - with the University of Witwatersrand SRC saying it gave students false hope for placement. The Daily Vox spoke to the DHET who took us through all the details and stats surrounding the CACH system. 1. What is the…

In defense of trashing H&M

The Economic Freedom Fighter protest against H&M stores in South Africa has caused controversy both locally and overseas. People are calling their actions “unnecessary hooliganism”, “mindless vandalism” and a “shaking of democratic values of peaceful protest”. But this narrative is fundamentally misguided. Monday was Martin Luther King (#MLK) day, and while many South Africans were debating the actions of the EFF, in doing so they were unwittingly paying homage to MLK's contested legacy. King, an icon often likened to…

Unisa registration disrupted again as EFFSC and Sasco disagree over way forward

On Monday, registration for the new academic year at the Sunnyside campus of the University of South Africa (Unisa) was shut down, as Sasco members blockaded the entrance to the admin building. Scores of frustrated students seeking to register eventually took to jumping over the gates, though all Unisa administration staff had vacated the premises. By the afternoon students were allowed into the administration building in order to self-register online via the computers available in the building. In an interview with The…

Registration at UNISA shut down by EFFSC

On Friday, representatives from the EFF Student Command protested outside the Sunnyside campus of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, calling for the reopening of application for the 2018 year and the cancellation of registration fees. The protest resulted in the closing of registration for the day as UNISA management met with protest leaders. Students looking to register were turned away in scores by UNISA staff as the university complied with the call by protesters for all university functions to close for…

#TUTvoices: Students open up about why they want to study

On Thursday the Daily Vox visited Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria campus to chat to current and prospective students to find out about how their journey’s led them to study and what motivated them to pursue their specific career paths. Here’s what some of them had to say. Hezekiel Malema, marketing, Limpopo Ever since grade 10 I’ve been doing commercial subjects and found interest in the business world. But what truly motivated me was my previous teacher in economics. While I was studying in the rural areas of…

Why Cyril Ramaphosa won’t rush the Zuma exit

The Daily Vox spoke to political analyst Ebrahim Fakir, the director of programmes at the public policy institute ASRI, on the position newly elected ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa, faces in balancing his commitment to rooting out 1. What do you believe are the immediate priorities for Ramaphosa as president of the ANC? Firstly, Ramaphosa has to deal with is the false dichotomy that any effort to deal with people who are perceived to be corrupt - by taking disciplinary action or launching commissions of inquiry - will…

Wits SRC: “Higher Education CACH system is giving students false hope”

Monday was the first day of registration at the University of Witwatersrand, and it proceeded smoothly despite concerns that disruptions, intense crowds or stampedes might take place. The university put in place a facility separate to the registration area where late applicants and learners who did not qualify can be redirected and advised on their options outside of Wits. Last month, the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema called for all matriculants to report to academic institutions in order to apply which had…

With Zuma gone, the DA and EFF need new lines of attack against the ANC

President Jacob Zuma provided many opportunities for opposition parties to launch campaigns against him. The spy tapes controversy, the Nkandla scandal, numerous corruption charges, the Marikana massacre, sexual violence epitomised in the #RememberKhwezi campaign, and state capture all gave the opposition abundant ammunition. With the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new ANC president, the Daily Vox looks at the likely narratives opposition parties will utilise in its attempts to convince voters that Ramaphosa shouldn’t be…

“Free education is possible, but implementing it in four weeks is sabotage” – academics

President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free education for the poor came as a shock to many South Africans. Some political analysts in particular interpreted the move as grossly irresponsible, saying that Zuma’s announcement was not only a cheap populist move but one promising a policy that is not financially feasible. However some academics believe this attitude is wrong. They believe free education is not only possible, but attainable - if only Zuma hadn’t announced it mere weeks before universities are due to open. Dr Vito…

NDZ’s Radical Economic Transformation vs CR17’s New Deal: a summary

The two front-runners for incoming president of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa (CR17) and Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma (NDZ), have outlined their policy positions should they be elected at the 54th ANC national conference. The Daily Vox gives an overview of what each policy position emphasizes based on what each candidate published. Ramaphosa’s “New Deal”, an awkwardly recycled National Development Plan Ramaphosa’s policy proposal the “New Deal for Jobs, Growth and Transformation” outlines 10 points that are…

“Zuma’s free education plan impossible to implement” – analysts

On Saturday the presidency announced its resolutions on the funding of the higher education and training sector. It called for what is essentially a version of free education for large number of students across the sector. The sudden announcement at the ANC national conference at Nasrec has come as a shock to many and left public opinion polarised, with many unanswered questions left hanging in the air. The Daily Vox spoke to four political analysts who weighed in on some of the common questions that have come out of Zuma’s…

South Africans failed to show up for the #LibyanSlaveTrade march

On Tuesday, Africans from across the continent gathered in Pretoria to march to the Union Buildings calling for action against the slave trade in Libya. Flags and supporters from Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Botswana and other African states coloured the Pretoria streets with a sense of African pride and unity. But resounding in its absence was South Africa. The lack of South African support for fellow Africans was distinct, and plays into legacies of perceived South African exceptionalism.…