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Sibongile Komati On Living With Lupus

Living with lupus can be life threatening. Research has shown that this chronic illness mainly targets women, which can result to long-term effects like body organ or pregnancy problems. Sibongile Komati reflects on when she found out that she was diagnosed with the chronic illness, 10 years ago, and speaks on the challenges that she had to face and the issue of inadequate service provision in the healthcare sector. I was diagnosed with lupus 10 years ago. I was not diagnosed with lupus at an early stage. I went through a…

Patrice Motsepe, You Should Have Brought Beyonce To SA

Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe paid to bring the Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona to Johannesburg this week, to take on Sundowns in a friendly match as part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations. The Spanish side won 3 - 1 on the night. While we applaud Motsepe for bringing an international team to play against one of our best local soccer teams, after that humiliating defeat, MIHLALI NTSABO says we would have rather had him bring Beyonce to perform in SA instead and here's why. No South African would have…

The Holocaust and Genocide Centre Remembers The 2008 Xenophobic Attacks

It’s been 10 years since the 2008 xenophobic attacks that took place throughout the country, claiming the lives of 60 people and injuring hundreds. As part of remembering and highlighting South Africa’s dilemma of attacking foreign African nationals and Afrophobia, the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre is holding an exhibition called Killing The Other, by photojournalists Alon Skuy and James Oatway. Some of the images contain graphic content. The exhibition was launched on 17 May and will be running up until 1 July…

Wits Students Commemorates The Life Of Sanele Dhlamini

“If we as a family knew why this all happened to my brother, maybe we would have found peace,” said Sanele Xolani Dhlamini’s older brother, Sizwe Dhlamini, at his memorial on Wednesday. Sanele Dhlamini was a second-year mining engineering student who passed away last week Thursday, 10 May after jumping from a student residence in Braamfontein. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/wits-engineering-student-dies-after-fall-from-braamfontein-building-mihlali-ntsabo/ Students, friends, and family attended the memorial service which was…

Everything You Need To Know About Lupus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), or commonly known as lupus, is a chronic disease that mainly affects women, causing severe effects which can lead to death. Mainly targeting young and middle-aged women of colour, the lifelong threatening illness has been regarded as one of the many illnesses that requires attention globally. What is lupus? According to Sibongile Komati, the founder and Patron of the Lupus Foundation, lupus is an autoimmune disease. “The body’s immune system becomes hyperactive from antibodies that fail to…

Wits To Hold Memorial For Engineering Student

The memorial service of the late Wits Engineering student, Sanele Dhlamini,  will be held by the university. Dhlamini passed away after falling  from a residence in Braamfontein last week Thursday. During my 2nd year of varsity I stayed in Clifton Heights and I was depressed AF. The setup of that building is very depressing, it gets worse when @WitsUniversity exerts a lot of pressure on students. #BraamSuicide — Nqobile Gaga (@Glam_GagaXO) May 12, 2018 The memorial will take place on Wednesday, May 16, at Lecture Theatre 101…

Wits Engineering Student Dies After Fall From Braamfontein Building

A male mining and engineering student from Wits University passed away on Thursday night following a fall from a building in Braamfontein. According to an email sent to The Daily Vox by the university, the incident happened just after 21:00. Hillbrow Police Station communications officer Mduduzi Zondo said to The Daily Vox that the cause of death of the student has not yet been identified. Zondo said the 20-year-old student was from KwaZulu-Natal. His name cannot yet be revealed, he said. The student’s next of kin has been…

SANDF Must Provide Alternative Accommodation For Marievale Residents, Court Rules

The Pretoria High Court granted a victory to the embattled Marievale community, ruling on Wednesday morning that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) must vacate the former army base which was previously occupied by homeless residents. The army must vacate the premises within 30 days, Judge Norman Davis said. The court further ruled that SANDF should provide alternative adequate accommodation for Marievale residents if vacating the land is not feasible.…

How To Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that affects your emotional pattern, self-image, and your relationships with other people. Affecting one out of every 100 people throughout the world, medical experts say that many people who have BPD are not aware of it, or may take time to notice that they have the disorder. Like 27-year-old Phumlani Kango, who who only found out when he was in his early twenties that he had BPD. Kango spoke to The Daily Vox about the struggles he endures living with the personality…

10 Beyonce Bops That Shouldn’t Have Flopped

Beyonce is well-known for creating timeless music and chart topping singles since her days when she was part of the R&B group Destiny’s Child. Over the years, Beyonce has become queen of just dropping new music barely promoting it. However, during her Dangerously In Love up until her 4 album era, while she was still on the music promoting tip, there were songs she released that could have been better promoted or were underrated which resulted in them becoming F-bops (bops that flopped) today. Arguably some of the songs…

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

May is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) awareness month. BPD is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of emotions, self-image, and behaviour, resulting in impulsive actions and can cause problems in your relationships with other people. People with BPD tend to view things in extremes, such as all good or bad. Their opinions or views of other people tend to change quickly. For instance, they can see someone as friendly for a moment and a traitor the next moment. According to the National Mental Institute of…

Nelson Mandela University SASCO Vows To Continue Service Delivery Protest

Enkosi Ntwana, the South African Students Congress’s (SASCO) western region’s executive congress member, told The Daily Vox that they were protesting because of the university’s lack on delivery on student issues such as bursary and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) payouts. “Students have had certain issues with bursaries like Funza Lushaka and NSFAS, so students don’t have books and meals and we are going into exams without any textbooks or food. The next thing that’s going to happen is that they are going to…

Mandela and Pan-Africanism: We Need More Of These Discussions

As part of the Mandela Centenary Celebrations The Daily Vox, in collaboration with Moments Entertainment, hosted a panel discussion on whether or not young people viewed struggle icon Nelson Mandela as a pan-Africanist. The panel discussion took place on 27 April at the Apartheid Museum consisting of speakers from the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The Daily Vox spoke to some of the audience members who were…

Alice Fort Hare SRC Calls For Harassment Policy Review Following Another Rape Case

The Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Fort Hare in Alice have called for the university to review its harassment policy, following the alleged rape of a student on campus earlier this week. According to SRC president Njongwezintle Baliso, the university needs to review its harassment policy to ensure that perpetrators of violence and rape face necessary action. This comes after a student allegedly raped and assaulted a fellow student on Monday 23 April, after a night of partying. Students who spoke to…

Bus Strike: Long Distance Commuters Bear The Consequences At Park Station

It is roughly about 30 minutes after six on a Monday evening at Park Station Johannesburg. Abeba*, a woman in her late twenties, waits anxiously for her Eldos Coach bus to East London, meant to arrive arrive at six pm, which is nowhere in sight. Instead, she watches bus employees on strike chant and move up and down where the buses stop to pick up passengers. “I am angry and confused because my bus to East London is not here yet, they are not telling us where the buses are, but they say the bus will arrive as soon as the…

SATAWU Looking At “All The Possibilities” To End The Bus Strike

After weeks of deadlock meetings, the national bus strike has come to an end. According to eNCA, a nine percent wage increase on all basic salaries was reached last week.  The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) coordinator Solomon Mahlangu said it was working hard to reach the wage increase demands by striking bus employees, as the nationwide bus strike enters its third day. “We are looking at all the possibilities. We hope to resolve this issue, “ Mahlangu said in an interview with The Daily Vox.…

When The Beyhive Came For Beyonce Too

Everyone knows that the Beyhive is probably one of the most ruthless stan bases in the entertainment industry. Many people who tried to come for Beyonce have experienced that harsh sting of the Hive, because our queen is important and we need to protect her at all costs. But this doesn’t mean that Queen Bey herself is immune to its sting. She also has received her fair share dragging from her own stan base. MIHLALI NTSABO rounds up four hilarious moments when the Beyhive dragged Beyonce. When Beyonce announced she was going…

Civil Union Amendment Bill: COPE Calls For Public Support

The Congress of the People (Cope) is appealing to the members of the LGBTQIA+ community and the general public to support its proposed amendment of the Civil Union Act to remove a clause that permitted home affairs officials to recuse themselves from performing marriage ceremonies on religious and other grounds. The South African Civil Union Act of 2006 legalised same-sex marriage in the country. The Act allows for two people over the ages of 18 years, irrespective their gender or sexual orientation, to be registered by a…

HIV Transmission Through Hair Clippers: Experts Say No

Reports by various publications on a study by the Skin and Hair Research Laboratory at the University of Cape Town, which said that barber hair clippers can transmit HIV and Hepatitis B, have been refuted by medical experts. Various publications, including IOL and Radio 702 , reported on the report in the South African Medical Journal, which analysed the hair clippers of barbers in three townships of Cape Town. It found that at least 42% were contaminated with blood. The media reports stated that the study showed risk of…

Sexual Health: Here’s Why You Need To Invest In PrEP

South Africa is one of the many countries facing an HIV/Aids pandemic with a prevalence rate of about 12.8% of the total of the South African population. According to Statistics South Africa  more than seven million South Africans are living with HIV/Aids and about 18,9% of adults between the ages of 15-49 are HIV positive.  As part of its HIV prevention programme, the government began a phased roll out of pre-exposure prophylaxis to nominated clinics and healthcare centres, which were first issued in designated areas to sex…