What are the alternatives to transporting schoolkids in the back of bakkies?

In May this year, an amended national traffic regulation was passed, prohibiting bakkie drivers from transporting school children for payment. It has frustrated many bakkie drivers who rely on rendering this service to put food on their tables. Meanwhile, for some parents, this is the most affordable mode of transporting their children to and from school. Earlier this month, bakkie drivers in Port Elizabeth marched against the regulation and vowed to still continue using their vehicles to transport learners. While these are…

Afriforum to lay racism and incitement charges against 100 social media users

On Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Afrikaans lobby group Afriforum plans to lay criminal charges against 100 social media users at the Lyttelton Police Station on Thursday. Some #FeesMustFall leaders such as Mcebo Dlamini and Busisiwe Seabe were named on the list of accused. AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets confirmed to The Daily Vox that they will be laying criminal charges of racism, hate speech, and incitement to murder and rape. Roets also said that they are working closely with the Hawks and Cyber Crime Unit…

This self-published author wants children to take pride in their blackness

Thenjiwe Mswane is a young black queer womxn* that everyone should be talking about. Thenjiwe is a 27-year-old self-publishing author who just recently wrote a book of crosswords and short stories in isiZulu, called Uyesaba uZulu. The Daily Vox spoke to her to find out more about the inspiration behind compiling this book. My nephew who is turning seven inspired me to write this book. I have always been interested in decolonial conversations, and conversations about language and how we invest in black children. Having been a…

Is it time to rename South Africa?

Last week, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, vowed to lobby the ANC to rename South Africa. Mthethwa says that “South Africa” is just a geographical description of the country and not the country’s name. President of the African’s People’s Convention, Themba Godi, suggested that we rename our country to Azania, because it’s popular among people. The Daily Vox spoke to young people to find out whether or not we should rename South Africa. Sabelo Mkhize, 27, IT specialist, Tembisa First things first, we need to…

The start-up struggle is real for young black entrepreneurs

Earlier this month, Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey which showed that our unemployment rate has risen from 26.5% to 27.7%. While many young people are turning to entrepreneurship to escape poverty, research has shown that this route isn’t easy. According to SME South Africa and The Business Centre, lack of funding and a skills deficit are some of the common issues that young entrepreneurs face when trying to break into the business. The Daily Vox spoke to Loyiso Bikitsha and Tankiso Makwela…

Should we lower the voting age in South Africa?

The voting age in South Africa is 18. But should pensioners be allowed to make decisions for people who will only come of age after they’re gone? This Youth Day, The Daily Vox asked young people what they thought. Voter apathy and disillusionment with the democratic process is a growing concern for countries across the globe. Lowering the voting age to 16 could be one way to nurture more active citizens. But while some believe 16-year-olds shouldn’t be entrusted with the vote because they are not self-motivated and cannot…

Women say Booysens police station is not taking rape cases seriously

On Thursday night, the Soul City Institute and the Soweto Women’s Forum held a vigil outside the Booysens Police Station to draw attention to the police’s failure to take sexual harassment reports more seriously. “Booysens is one of the police stations that don’t take women who report cases of sexual violence and rape seriously. They secondary victimise people and turn them away and we are here to make an example of them,” said Zukiswa White from the Soweto Women’s Forum. White added that the the police allegedly turned away…

Five things you need if a natural disaster forces you to evacuate

The recent runaway fires in Knysna have resulted in the evacuation of 10 000 people, while the #CapeStorm left approximately 2 000 people homeless. The Daily Vox asked emergency evacuation experts on what people should do if they ever have to evacuate their homes due to a natural disaster. 1. Make a family disaster plan According to the Disaster-Risk Management Centre spokesperson, Charlotte Powell, it is extremely important for all households to have a family disaster plan. Powell says that this plan is to help families…

Six ways you can prepare for the #CapeStorm

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) announced that a strong cold front will hit the Western Cape on the evening of 6 June. The cold front is expected to bring gale force wind and heavy rains that will mainly impact the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Winelands and informal settlements built on wetlands. Flooding is also possible. The Daily Vox asked experts for tips on how to stay safe during the #CapeStorm. Spokesperson for local government and environmental affairs, James-Brent Styan says that this is the worst storm to hit…

We need #SafeTaxisNow because women are sick of harassment at taxi ranks

Millions of women in South Africa use taxis to commute daily. According to Action Aid SA, 69% of women who use taxis say they have witnessed sexual harassment in taxi ranks and 56% of women say they have experienced sexual harrasment in taxis. As part of the #SafeTaxisNow campaign, The Soul City Institute filmed a one-minute video to highlight the daily experiences of women sexual harassment of women in public spaces such as taxi ranks. A hidden camera follows two women, walking through Joburg taxi ranks, being catcalled by…

For real change to happen at university, students and workers must support one another

The Fees Must Fall movement has proven that young South Africans have the potential to contribute to mass struggles. The impact and success of student-staff alliances have been seen in protests at universities - university staff supported students during #FeesMustFall protests at Wits , and students collaborated with workers at UCT to fight against outsourcing. But some, like student activist Brian Kamanzi, have asked whether these alliances have gone far enough. Kamanzi pointed out that, while we as South Africans are…

Cape Town’s water restrictions are a financial burden on residents

Cape Town’s water restrictions have left some residents unhappy over the fact they are unable to meet their basic necessities. Others have been complaining that what little water is coming out of their taps is making them sick. The Daily Vox spoke to residents of informal settlements about the impact of the restrictions on their lives. Infuriated Thabile Kenke (21) from Jabavu, Kwa-Langa said Cape Town’s water restrictions have affected residents’ way of living. She said that the water allocation was not enough because her…

Will the #GuptaEmails saga be the final straw for South African voters?

On Sunday, the Sunday Times and City Press published private emails between senior government heads, state owned entities and the Gupta family. The emails exposed how the Gupta family was very much involved in political decisions made by the South African government. The Daily Vox asked some Joburg residents what they made of the revelations and and whether or not they feel that the ANC is still a party worth voting for. Frank Mashigoane, 39, bank teller, Limpopo This news is an indication that South Africa’s politics are…

UP students are unhappy with racial dynamics in residences

Students at the University of Pretoria (UP) held a mass meeting last week to complain of a lack of inclusivity and what they say is the university’s failure to accommodate black students in its residences. According to the student newspaper, Perdeby, students complained that the university had a racial quota for accepting students into residences, an “unfair split” of 50% white and 50% “other” students. One student who the Daily Vox spoke to this week also claimed that certain white students, the children of alumni, received…

How can we prevent sexual violence in taxis and public spaces?

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. Harassment and sexual violence towards women using public transport are also rife. According to ActionAid SA (an organisation which focuses on people who face discrimination) , 69% of women who use public transport say they have witnessed sexual violence and/or harassment. The Daily Vox spoke to young people at taxi ranks in Johannesburg to find out how they think this could be prevented. Omphemetse Moroto, 21, student, Mafikeng There is no use…

Young, unemployed and without proper shelter in Freedom Park

Freedom Park is one of the areas in the south of Johannesburg which have recently seen protests over land, housing and unemployment. Residents say they have been protesting for land and housing for over two decades, but government has failed them. Young people have also been vocal about lack of jobs and increasing crime in the area. Some, like Thobekani Mpungose (27), have had to deal with all these issues at the same time. The structure Thobekani calls home is a small one-bedroom shack in the middle of a sea of newly-built…

Joburgers on the #SecretBallot: “These are issues that affect us, but they are not involving us”

As the Constitutional Court heard the United Democratic Movement’s arguments for a secret ballot in the vote of no confidence against Jacob Zuma on Monday, those outside navigated through a group of parked police vans to get on with their daily business. Before the arrival of the DA’s Mmusi Maimane and the EFF’s Julius Malema - arm in arm - buses dropped off small groups of political party supporters, who were carrying “Zuma Must Fall” signs, while an empty EFF truck played music. The Daily Vox spoke to some people outside…

Our schools need to teach teenagers about homosexuality

Despite the protection provided by the South African Constitution, victimisation and bullying of LGBTQIA+ students in schools is a prevalent issue that the department of basic education has been neglecting. Masixole Loliwe (18) from the Eastern Cape is a matriculant at a school in Mdantsane township. He spoke to the Daily Vox about the challenges he faces as a queer teenager in South Africa. For the longest time, I knew there was something different about me. I tried to hide being gay from friends and family because I didn’t…

Coligny residents angry as farmers accused of teenager’s murder get bail

Two North West farmers, accused of killing 16-year-old Matlahomola Jonas Mosweu in Coligny, have been granted bail of R5 000 each. Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte were arrested on 25 April for the death of Matlahomola, who allegedly stole sunflower seeds on their farm on 20 April. The two farmers testified that the teenager jumped off their moving bakkie, trying to escape, while being taken to the police station. However, a witness said he saw the two farmers beating up Mosweu. Residents from Coligny were upset by the…

What do young Joburgers think of the state of their city?

Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba delivered his first State of The City Address on Wednesday, 3 May 2017. He highlighted five social issues that he plans to resolve this year, namely: unemployment, poor city infrastructure, improper housing, corruption and drug smuggling. The Daily Vox asked young Joburgers whether Mashaba is on the right track, or if there are other issues they feel need to be prioritised. Athenkosi Guntu, 25, freelance photographer and writer, Soweto So he mentioned unemployment and I think that’s a good…