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Dr Makhosi Khoza is done with the ANC’s top women

Dr Makhosi Khoza had nothing good to say about the women at the top of the ANC when she spoke to Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaiser on Friday morning. Khoza said she felt betrayed by some of the women in the party and that women like Bathabile Dlamini were betraying women’s emancipation by remaining in the ANC. “Women like Bathabile would even go to an extent of not appreciating women who are revolutionary intellectuals, like myself, but they would rather side with patriarchy. To me, it is very tragic and it betrays what…

TVET college students say they aren’t getting their NSFAS transport allowance

Students at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges say they’re facing an uphill battle with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) over transport allowances. For South Africa’s poorest students, covering your fees is just the first hurdle. Day-to-day expenses, like paying for transport to and from campus could also make or break your prospects of graduating. In January, students shut down 15 TVET colleges over unresolved issues including inadequate NSFAS funding and late payments for…

University of Pretoria issues tender calling for private security on campus

The University of Pretoria (UP) is advertising a tender calling for the provision of “ad hoc crowd control services” on all campuses of the university. This means the university is looking for private security to monitor their campuses. In the tender, the university states that it is doing so to protect students on campus and enable them to safely participate in student activities. The tender calls for a service provider who can supply 150 security officers equipped with batons, water cannons, pepper spray, handcuffs and…

New York City shows some love for Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu

Right now, New Yorkers are walking across a giant Ndebele-inspired mural that’s been painted across a two-lane road in Tribeca. The mural, painted by American muralist Iman Shaklin Roberts in honour of legendary Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu, is the product of a partnership between South African Tourism’s US office, South African Airways and the New York bicycle sharing platform, Citi Bike. Posting on Instagram, Roberts said the piece represents “a feminine energy force that is all encompassing, inclusive and…

#TaxiStrike in Cape Town affects thousands of commuters

Busses were set alight and cars were stoned this morning as taxi drivers in Cape Town embarked on a massive strike in the city.  Golden Arrow buses are burned down in Delft South, also anyone with a Car is NOT allowed to transport people #TaxiStrike pic.twitter.com/DilwK5JgTF — Z U K X (@iAM_Zuxx) September 18, 2017 According to News24, the strike, organised by the Democratic Taxi Worker’s Union of South Africa, is expected to last all week. Taxi drivers say they’re unhappy with the impounding of taxis for contravening their…

Sibongile Mani’s R14 million #NSFAS saga left us with so many questions

Payment service provider, IntelliMali has repaid the R818 000 that Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani frittered away after they erroneously deposited R14 million into her student account. Mihlali Ntsabo had some thoughts on the issue. By now everyone knows about the second-year accounting student who accidentally wound up with R14 million instead of R1 400 in her student account. But the more details we get on this story the more we find ourselves asking a) how all of this happened, and b) WTF she was…

Four ways you can put the lit back in literacy

September is International Literacy Month. According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), 750 million people around the world remain illiterate, two-thirds of whom are women. In sub-Saharan Africa, the adult literacy rate rose from 52% in 1990% to 65% in 2016 and the youth literacy rate rose from 65% to 75%. Literacy is said to contribute towards social and economic development. Improving literacy skills at a young age helps build a foundation for an active citizenry. By the time…

People are raising funds for the mother who stabbed her daughter’s alleged rapists

A crowdfunding initiative has been set up to raise funds for a woman who was arrested after she stabbed three men who were allegedly gang-raping her daughter. The fundraiser, labelled #lionmama, was set up on the crowdfunding platform Generosity. Within five days it had already raised almost three times its initial target of $2 500. The incident occurred earlier this month in in rural KuQumbu, Eastern Cape. The woman was released on R500 bail after her community members helped raise the money for her release. The woman told…

Uzalo: Innocentia is alive and MaNgcobo is shook!

We knew it! Yesterday on Uzalo, MaNgcobo was admitted to a mental institution after her family grew concerned when she refused to come out of her bedroom, saying she was waiting for Innocentia. make action GIFs like this at MakeaGif This came two days after MaNgcobo startled guests when she started calling out Innocentia’s name at a party for no particular reason, sparking questions about her mental health. make action GIFs like this at MakeaGif While sleeping at the mental institution, a nurse walks into MaNgcobo’s room and…

Five woke influencers you should be following

Influence marketing isn’t just about advertising a particular brand. Some individuals who have used this platform to shed light on social issues and help contribute towards social change and justice. We’ve made a list of five woke social media influencers and collectives we feel are worth noting. 1. Fela Gucci and Desire Marea: FAKA FAKA is a queer movement started by gender non-conforming duo, Thato Ramaisa (Fela Gucci) and Buyani Duma (Desire Marea), which seeks to disrupt and redefine already existing representations of…

Uzalo: Why MaNgcobo thinks she’s being haunted by Innocentia

While MaMlambo is off on a quest to find GC and get her money back, MaNgcobo almost lost it when she received another shocking gift yesterday on Uzalo. Who’s behind the the mystery gifts and what do they want to gain? This time the gift was a battered toy car from a “Mr Revenge”. The toy car - which looked exactly like the one Nkunzi’s first wife, Innocentia used to drive - triggered a memory of the day when MaNgcobo killed Innocentia. MaNgcobo began to cry hysterically, causing a very confused Zekhethele to panic and call…

Your work communication may not be as private as you think

Earlier this week, four First National Bank (FNB) employees were fired by the bank for “political talk and using insulting language” after they made comments about race and DA leader, Mmusi Maimane’s wife on email and a WhatsApp group. The bank said it had intercepted their emails and WhatsApp conversations before dismissing them. The Daily Vox looks at how employers are able to circumvent privacy laws through internal work policies and why we should be wary of these practices. What the law says Technically, the Regulation…

WSU student misappropriated R818 000 in financial aid

A financial aid beneficiary at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) accidentally received an allowance of R14.1 million rand from IntelliMali, the company which facilitates student payments from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) or bursary donors. University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo confirmed that the student had received a much higher allocation than she was meant to. Her allowance has since been deactivated. Tukwayo told TimesLive that the university received complaints from students after she “started living…

Stats SA: Women and children hit hardest by poverty

More than 50% of the South African population was living in poverty in 2015. This is according to a report released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Tuesday, August 22. The report shows that things do not look good for South Africans. The report examined poverty trends in South Africa, by applying the Upper Bound Poverty Line (UBPL) of R992 per person per month, and showed that 30.4 million South Africans were poor in 2015, compared to the 27.3 million in 2011. This means that one out of every two South Africans were…

EFFSC plans to shut down Unisa’s Joburg centre until demands are met

The University of South Africa (Unisa) EFF Student Command (EFFSC) said it is planning to fully shut down the Unisa Johannesburg Regional Services Centre on Wednesday, 23 August. Classes and operations were suspended on Tuesday following disruptions by the EFFSC. Victor Phenyo, the EFFSC deputy chair at the Unisa Joburg branch, told The Daily Vox that they’re calling for a shutdown until their demands have been met. Phenyo said that they were also demanding that the university fund students who qualified for the university’s…

Enough with the dialogues. It’s time we fought back against violent men

Last week, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and United Nations (UN) Women hosted a community dialogue on how to end gender based violence in taverns and communities at the White Jazz Palace tavern in Jouberton, Klerksdorp. But this dialogue was just more of the same. If we are to end gender based violence, we need to spend less time and energy speaking from podiums and use it instead to hold violent men to account. Jouberton residents who were passing by the White Jazz Palace tavern on Saturday were…

Marikana miners: We still want the R12 500 our brothers died for five years ago

On Wednesday, members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and mineworkers gathered at the Marikana Koppie to commemorate the 34 miners who were killed by police during a wage strike on 16 August 2012. Thousands of mineworkers came out to pay tribute to those who were once friends and colleagues. The Daily Vox team spoke to mineworkers to find out if their living and working conditions have changed since 2012. Gwebethule Dikani, 59, miner, Ntabankulu I’ve been working in the mines since 1992. Our…

How to get rid of a rubbish ward councillor

Ward councillors are meant to act as a bridge between community members and government. But councils are often the first places where communities come up against the intransigence of the state, and ward councillors are notoriously hard to remove - even when their actions are negligent or even criminal. There are regular reports of communities struggling to remove incompetent or unethical councillors. In KwaDukuza for example, residents tried for months to get rid of their ward councillor, who had held the role for 20 years…

Young people say #ZumaVote should be a wake-up call for South Africa

Last week, Parliament held a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma by secret ballot. He survived by 21 votes. Although this meant defeat for opposition parties who had lobbied for the secret vote, EFF leader Julius Malema said the results were a sign that the “tide is turning” against the ANC. The Daily Vox asked young people what impact the close vote would have on the ANC. Philile Shabane, 22, student, Braamfontein What the vote shows is that the ANC prefers its own kind more than South Africa. They’d rather…

Mbete agrees to host secret ballot! Now what?

Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, agreed on Monday to hold a secret ballot for Tuesday's parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. The Daily Vox spoke to young Joburgers to find out what they think of the secret ballot and the no confidence vote to come. Sizeka Koti, 29, beauty therapist, Berea I didn’t know there was a vote of no confidence ruling happening today nor do I know what the vote of no confidence is about. But I can take a guess and say it means that we have no confidence in our…