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Walter Sisulu Uni Refutes Terrible Living Conditions Claims

Some Walter Sisulu University students at the Ibika Campus in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, say the living conditions in their residences are appalling. They claim that these living conditions have been reported for a long time, but the university has not responded. Images were circulated on social media illustrating the alleged state of one of the residences. This is terrible, shocking, disgusting. pic.twitter.com/fTI4oEbP96 — TP PILLΔY (@TP_Pillay) February 20, 2018 Third year student Siphelele Mgcineni said in an interview…

Young People On Mandela: He Could Have Done More For Us

The African National Congress (ANC) launched its Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on Sunday, 11 February. The purpose of this celebration is to commemorate the 100th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela. The Daily Vox spoke to young people to find out what their perceptions were of the revered anti-apartheid hero. Shapa Lehloka, 23, student, Riverlee I think Mandela played a very huge role in helping the young generation and we can still see it today. He really loved the youth and he believed in the youth of…

Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira on Woman Leadership in Wakanda

Last week Friday, February 16, was the South African premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther. Actors Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o were in attendance Monte Casino premiere in Johannesburg. The Daily Vox spoke to them about the themes of patriarchy and matriarchy in the film. The Daily Vox (TDV): Lupita, starting off with you, looking at the country of Wakanda, can we say it represents the Africa envisioned if colonialism did not happen? Lupita: Yes, we can definitely say that. TDV: Danai, can we say that there is no patriarchy…

What Young South Africans Really Think Of The State Of The Nation Address

The 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be delivered by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday evening, following Jacob Zuma's resignation on Wednesday night. The Daily Vox spoke to young people to find out if they cared enough to follow state of the nation addresses. Neo Malaka,19, student, Katlehong I never watch the SONA, I always hear from people who speak about it the following day. I don’t watch it because I don’t care, I do care about about what is happening in South Africa, because I am a citizen. That’s…

Inxeba’s ‘Porn’ Rating Was Due To Public Pressure

Many people were quite unhappy after the Film and Publication Board (FPB) announced that its Appeal Tribunal had overturned the classification rating of the movie Inxeba - The Wound, from 16LS to a rating for X18 on Tuesday. URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Film and Publication Board (FPB) Appeal Tribunal has overturned the classification rating of 16 LS given to the film Inxeba – The Wound and gave it a rating of X18 with the classifiable elements of Sex, Language, Nudity, Violence and Prejudice. — FPB (@FPB_ZA) February 14, 2018…

Young People On Zuma’s Presidential Legacy: “He Left Confusion In South Africa”

The African National Congress national executive committee announced on Tuesday afternoon that it will be recalling it deployee, President Jacob Zuma. With this signifying the beginning of the end of Zuma’s reign as president of the country, The Daily Vox asked young people what sort of legacy they think Zuma will behind. Sandisiwe Dlakiya,19, student, Braamfontein I think Jacob Zuma has left a legacy as president of South Africa, and that legacy is being a corrupt leader. He has put us through the Nkandla issue, using our…

Designer Accused Of Stealing UCT Student’s Greywater System Refutes Accusations

Many social media users have been in a state of outrage after industrial designer Retief Krige announced the creation a greywater storage bank to increase toilet capacity for grey water use. The outrage was stoked by accusations that Krige had stolen the idea of the deceased University of Cape Town (UCT) student Nkosinathi Nkomo, who last year generated headlines for his own grey water system before passing away. Nkomo made headlines late last year after he created  a grey water irrigation system which collects water from…

Spirituality and healing: an aspect not touched on in Inxeba

I am still surprised by the outrage of Inxeba (The Wound), a movie that addresses how heterosexual men hide behind culture and fragile masculinity to enforce homophobia in initiation schools and as a justification to discriminate on gay initiates. Xhosa men, in particular, have caused a lot of uproar and havoc around the movie accusing it selling the sacredness of the ritual as a commercial commodity and distorting the purpose of the ritual (which to them, is supposedly the circumcision of the initiates and the setting of…

Inxeba proves how heteronormativity feels uncomfortable when challenged

I have been paying attention to the conversation around the premier of Inxeba, a movie that looks at how gay black men are marginalised and discriminated against in the Xhosa traditional practice of initiation school (ulwaluko). It is quite shocking to see the kind of uproar a movie has created amongst (straight) black people, particularly straight Xhosa men, who claim that they are upset because the movie exposed the “sacredness” of the culture. I disagree with this argument and I would rather say that the movie has made…

Inxeba premiere suspended in East London

The Hemingways Mall in East London announced on Friday morning that it has suspended the screening of Inxeba: The Wound, a movie that tackles the lived experiences of gay men in initiation schools, in the isiXhosa culture. The mall’s marketing manager Neville Austin said that the reason for the suspension the screening was because of a protest by traditional leaders including a local chief. “We will reevaluate the feasibility of the screening of this film at a later stage after consulting with all the stakeholders,” he said.…

Gay culture: it is really about inclusion and acceptance

Gay culture, a term popularised that explains the lived realities of gay people in society, is certainly not new, but has gained prominence through its use in social media. But how do we define gay culture and what are the undersides to it? The Daily Vox spoke to members of the gay community to find out what this term means them. Lithemba Lento, 21, honours student, Fort Beaufort The environment you are a part of is a very important factor when you think of gay people and gay culture and understanding the term. I grew up in…

Grahamstown’s “Day Zero” came last year

Residents from Grahamstown are also faced with low dam levels, which have resulted in the municipality implementing water restrictions on Grahamstown residents. According to the town’s Makana municipality, in April 2017, the Municipal approved the first stage water restrictions. However, residents did not adhere to these restrictions. The council then declared a state of disaster in Makana 04 May 2017. The municipality then implemented its first water restrictions in June 2017. These restrictions are mainly applied in…

Five times January tried to destroy us

January has been a lot for South Africa. We are still trying to make it through Januworry with empty bank accounts, we’ve also experienced a lot of moments that almost divided Black Twitter. We round up five social media moments that bought chaos and disaster onto our timelines. via GIPHY Cockroach on Gigi Lamayne's floor South African hip-hop artist Gigi Lamayne has been getting it from the Twitter streets lately. She’s been getting dragged a lot for her “new style”, which Tweeps say has her looking all sorts of…

5 queer-friendly clinics in Gauteng you should know of

The LGBTQIA+ community has historically been disproportionately affected by sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. However, medical advances means that this is not necessarily the case any more, but many people who are members of this community shy away from seeking medical help or advice from (public) health care facilities due to the fear of being humiliated or feeling embarrassed. While South Africa’s healthcare system still has a long way to go in improvement its service delivery and being more accommodating,…

Cape Town’s township residents dread Day Zero

The Cape Town water crisis is becoming worse by the day. More than 60% of residents in Cape Town are allegedly using more than the prescribed 87 litres per day, according to statements by the city. If these usage trends continue, the city will have no option but to implement ‘Day Zero’ on 12 April 2018, when water will be cut off to most residential areas. The Daily Vox spoke to people in Cape Town’s township and surrounding areas to find out how they feel about this. Phelisa Stimela, 22, drama teacher, Makhaza I have a baby…

Treatment Action Campaign not pleased with David Makhura’s absence at #LifeEsidimeni arbitrations

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was not pleased when it learnt that Gauteng premier David Makhura, did not attend the #LifeEsidimeni arbitration hearings on Monday morning. TAC, together with other civil organisations, including Sonke Gender Justice, marched from the Pieter Roos Park in Parktown to the Emoyeni Conference Centre where the arbitration hearings are happening. The purpose of the march was to deliver a submission to Makhura about the appalling state of Gauteng’s health care system, in light of the Life…

How campuses are avoiding stampedes after Capricorn TVET

Last week, Capricorn Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Polokwane had to suspend its walk-in registration after a stampede, during which six people being injured. Following this incident, the TVET college announced that it would resume its registration at the Peter Mokaba Stadium (where thousands of students queued overnight) to provide a bigger registration venue for prospective students. But what contingency plans can TVET colleges implement to better deal with stampedes in the near future? In an…

How to tell if a private college is bogus or legit

After matriculating last year, many young people are trying, by all means, to ensure a place at institutions of higher learning for the 2018 academic year. And despite public universities and colleges allowing walk-in and taking in late applications, the sad reality is that not every South African student who wants to proceed with their education at a higher institution of learning will get in. This can lead to many young people desperately looking for colleges or schools, many of which are unaccredited - the so-called…

By limiting access to treatment, poverty exacerbates mental illness

Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, can affect anyone. Approximately about 4.5 million South Africans suffer from depression. Research has also shown that approximately 30.3% of South Africans will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives. According to the Mental Health and Poverty Project at the department of psychiatry and mental illness at the University of Cape Town (UCT), 17% of children and adolescents suffer from mental disorders. The project also discovered that people who live in…

The return of Rhodes University’s Minimal Initial Payment sparks outrage

Rhodes University students were unhappy after the university announced the return of the Minimum Initial Payment (MIP) or Initial Fee Payment (IFP) for 2018. Prior to registration, students are required to pay an initial payment, which is approximately between 35% and 50% of the cost of their tuition and residence. According to the university website, South African self-paying students are expected to pay 10% of their tuition fees and 25% of their residence fee, while international students are expected to pay 50% for…