Uzalo’s third season a game changer

The writers of South Africa’s most watched soapie Uzalo have thrown a heap of drama and romance into the show’s third season. Since it first aired in 2015, Uzalo's relatable storylines have made it South Africa’s most intriguing TV show. In the first season, the show told the story of two babies switched at birth and the conflict between their families. This season, the show’s writers have brought in a blend of drama and romance and added experienced actors such as Masoja Msiza, to the show. Msiza plays  Nkunzi, the newest…

Ten times Uzalo’s plot twists blew our minds in 2016

Uzalo has been throwing its viewers into the mix since its second season first aired. The Daily Vox rounds up plot twists that we probably did not see coming on the show this year. 1. Smangele’s imaginary pregnancy After MaMlambo told her she was pregnant, Smangele took a home test and the results came back positive. She did not hesitate to tell Ayanda because of her excitement, but it turned out that the home test she took gave her the wrong results. She got the shocking news that she wasn't pregnant when she visited a…

For some, going home for the holidays is an expense they cannot afford

The December holidays are the only time most people get to spend some quality time with their families, but for some coming from other parts of Africa, going home isn't always possible. The Daily Vox spoke to a 32-year-old Nigerian man, Olayemi Bakre, to find out how he is planning to spend his holidays away from home. I have been in South Africa for the past four years now and I will be spending festive holidays here for the third time this year. I don’t really celebrate this time of the year because of my personality and…

Holiday jobs aren’t just to earn spending money

With university holidays fast approaching, many students are looking for holiday jobs to help ease the burden on their families, or even just to buy nice things. The Daily Vox spoke to some Durban students about why working through their December holidays is a priority. Velile Thabede, 23, student, Durban "When I was doing my first year I lost my mother so I decided to get a job during holidays for financial stability. Fortunately, I had bursaries throughout these years do the money I was making was for rent, food and other…

Concerns arise over banning bakkies from transporting schoolchildren

Bakkies perform the important function of getting children to and from school, but they are not a safe mode of transport for passengers. The Department of Transport is banning bakkies from carrying schoolchildren, but will this leave children and their parents stranded? The Daily Vox team explores. Bakkies have been barred from conveying pupils to school after the national Department of Transport issued an amendment to the Road Traffic Regulations concerning the use of bakkies to ferry children to school. Waiting at the…

“Sandcastle crafting saved me from drugs and criminal activities”

Mfanafuthi Gumede, a 26-year-old sandcastle artist from Inanda, North Durban found himself wandering the streets of the city after dropping out of school. He told the Daily Vox how he ended up at the beach front where he builds sand sculptures. Growing up without my father wasn’t easy because my mother was not working. She would normally go to the market and collect all the fruits and vegetables from the bins and make something for us to eat. I had never imagined myself doing this kind of a job to survive; similar to other…

“Today could be Pravin Gordhan who is prosecuted, but tomorrow it could be you or me”

On Wednesday, hundreds of people assembled at the Gugu Dlamini Park in Durban, in celebration of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) withdrawal of charges against Oupa Magashula, Ivan Pillay, and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The Daily Vox asked some people why this cause was so important to them. Naison Kambarami, 46, activist, Durban "Our duty is to advocate for justice and anti-corruption and we have seen what is currently going on in the Treasury. We are aware that the government has a say in the Treasury but…

New arrivals on Uzalo heat things up with kidnapping and a love triangle

SABC1’s most popular show, Uzalo has begun bringing in new characters to spice up the series. The Daily Vox spoke to some of the show’s fans who offered to catch us up on the baby mama drama, and anything else you may have missed. Andile Jiyane, 19, student, South Beach “Too much drama is currently happening on Uzalo since the arrival of MaNgcobo’s sister, Jabulile. She is certain that Mxolisi is the one who killed Nkosinathi and framed his cousin Bandile, who is currently serving years in jail for the murder he didn’t…

“I was violated, yes, but this is UKZN and we are used to this”

A 19-year-old female student described the ordeal of having heavily armed private security and SAPS police forcefully storming into students' rooms and victimising them on Monday night while trying to break up a student protest at UKZN's Westville campus. Everything happened within a blink of an eye. Students were having a meeting at a place called the Pavillion, which is their usual venue where they hold meetings. They were preparing for a protest and there was a chaos around residences, students were making noise. One…

A UKZN Westville student describes how police and private security disrupted students’ meeting

Reports came in on Monday night that a building and vehicles on UKZN's Westville campus had been set alight, and that police and private security had been deployed to disperse students who had been meeting on the campus that evening. The Daily Vox spoke to a student who describes how police and private security entered residences in a bid to instil fear in students.  On Monday night, there was a gathering of students trying to discuss the issues that are faced by students at the Westville campus. As we know, the management…

Being a female car guard on North Beach: “It has been 19 years of work but no pay”

NOKUTHULA MNGADI, a 56-year-old from Clermont, Durban has worked as a car guard for the past 19 years at the Durban North Beach. She told The Daily Vox about her work, which often goes unappreciated. I started working as a car guard in 1996 and a typical day in my job includes working from six to six helping motorists. There was an advert in a newspaper which was seeking for car guards to work in different areas and because I was unemployed, I took the details and contacted the person who was looking for the guards. It has…

Being a woman in the taxi industry: “Nobody treats you like a queen”

DORIS GUMEDE from Inanda, Durban, has been a taxi driver for over 30 years and has now decided to retire. She told the Daily Vox what it’s like to be a female driver and taxi owner in this male-dominated industry. I started off with driving metered taxis back in the early 80s where I was working for Morris Deluxe taxis. I decided to go to the taxi industry because I had not completed high school and did not see myself working as a domestic worker for the rest of my life. I also had a family that was counting on me; I…

Young people are at #AIDS2016 to learn, and to teach

While celebrities, diplomats, scientists and activists hobnob around the Durban ICC during the International AIDS Conference this week, many young people are excited to be there too. They told The Daily Vox why they are there and what the conference means to them. Msawakhe Myeza, 28, unemployed, Adams "As a young person I believe that it's important to gather as much knowledge as possible so that I can stay informed. As much as we may all think we know about HIV/AIDS, the mere fact that we are still judging those who are…

Transgendered sex workers face a triple threat of stigma

AYANDA D, a transgendered sex worker in her 30s from Cape Town, has been a sex worker for 15-20 years. She’s at the International AIDS Conference advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work. She told the Daily Vox about her challenges, including the triple threat of stigma that she faces. I am transgendered. That’s my sexual identification and I have been in the sex work industry for 15-20 years. I’m at the conference to show support for transgendered people and sex workers. Being transgender is not a double dose, but…

Being transgender in SA: “People have identified me as different and I’ve been sexually abused”

ZANNA CHETTY, a 24-year-old transgender woman from Durban has faced many prejudices as a result of her orientation, from sexual abuse to being ostracised from her family. She told The Daily Vox about her experiences and why she's starting the Trans Rights Awareness Movement.  Growing up as a transgender woman has been a struggle. I’ve been misidentified frequently and a lot of people find me to be a feminine gay or a cross-dresser rather than trans-identified. There’s an issue with awareness about transgender, and I think…

Volunteers from around the world hope to take home lessons from #AIDS2016

Thousands of delegates have descended on Durban for the 21st International AIDS Conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre. The Daily Vox spoke to a group of young volunteers to find out what brought them there, and what they hope to take back to their home countries. Siphiwe Ncube, 44, nurse, Glenwood “The AIDS Conference 2016 is a global one and with my volunteer work I hope to gain some experience as a professional nurse and as someone who has family members living with HIV. I am hoping to grasp a lot…

Antiretroviral treatment has allowed me to live my dreams and raise my children

Jenny Boyce, a 48-year-old from Mariannridge, Durban was one of the very first patients at the Aids Healthcare Foundation's Ithembalabantu Clinic in Umlazi, since it started rolling out free HIV/AIDS treatment in 2001. She told the Daily Vox about her journey since she was first initiated on the antiretroviral treatment 14 years ago. I was initiated on the antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in March 2002 and I am patient number 21. I have loved being part of the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) family; the treatment programme…

The Butterfly Project is helping teens envision an Aids-free generation by 2030

In the build-up to the International Aids Conference 2016, 600 youngsters are participating in the Butterfly Project run by the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban, in conjunction with Umcebo Design and DramAidE. The project, which is a legacy project initiative of the US Consulate in Durban, ran a six-day workshop which is aimed at getting young people from KZN involved in #AIDS2016 to envision an Aids-free generation by 2030. Seth Piers, the project manager, told The Daily Vox, “The Butterfly Project aims to involve and teach…

There’s a price on the heads of people with albinism

It has been over two weeks since four-year-old, Maneliswa Ntombela, a child with albinism, was abducted while he played with his cousin near his Esikhawini home in Richards Bay. According to media reports,  the cousin told her mother, Qhaphi Ntombela, that two men who appeared to know Maneliswa’s name had abducted him. There is however no sign of his whereabouts. Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, said that the investigation hasn’t yielded any results but the search for the boy continues. “We currently…

“HIV has been part of me for 33 years”

NTIMBWE MPAMBA, a 33-year-old Zambian living in Johannesburg, was born with HIV but only informed of his status in 2004. He told the Daily Vox about his journey of being diagnosed with HIV and how a positive attitude helped him find purpose in life. HIV has been part of me for 33 years. Having been born with it, I didn’t know much about it growing up. I can’t say it didn’t affect me because there were sports and other things I couldn’t do that kids my age then were involved in. All I knew was that I was different from them.…