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What the top three ANC presidential candidates say about free higher education

The African National Congress (ANC) national conference is just two months away. In December, the congress will gather to pick who could potentially be our next president in 2019. The issue of free higher education has become a political trump card over the past years. The ANC adopted the policy of implementing a model that supports free higher education for academically capable working-class and poor students, and fully subsidised higher education for the missing-middle. They want to make this a possibility in 2018. The…

Taxi strike called off, but problems persist between government and National Taxi Alliance

Good news for taxi commuters in Gauteng: Thursday’s National Taxi Alliance (NTA) march has been postponed. Secretary of the NTA, Themba Mbhense, told The Daily Vox that NTA officials had managed to meet with government officials yesterday to discuss their grievances. “There’s going to be a follow-up meeting whereby those problems will be discussed thoroughly, then if there’s a problem, we’ll notify our commuters that there will be another strike,” Mbhense said. The department of transport has agreed to discuss the NTA’s…

#MeToo: two words that broke the silence around sexual abuse

When the New York Times broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexually assaulting and harassing women, it threw into focus what women have been talking about for even longer - sexual abuse is rife and society never believes the survivors. Since then more and more women in the entertainment industry have come forward, telling of their experiences with Weinstein and other powerful men. When actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet on Sunday asking women to reply “me too” if they had been sexually harassed or…

What you can do when you see someone who might be about to commit suicide

The tragic suicide of a Wits student on the night of 14 October brought into sharp focus that we don’t know how to deal with someone who is standing on the edge, ready to take their life. After seeing this I've come to a conclusion that we as a society murdered this gal, we killed her #braamsuicide pic.twitter.com/Om6pv78OCE — Thabo (@ThaboT_style) October 16, 2017 Allegedly, people standing outside the South Point building in Braamfontein were encouraging the 19-year-old student to jump. This isn’t the first time onlookers…

Five ways you can help those affected by the #DurbanStorm

The people of Durban are picking up the pieces after a mega-storm hit the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thousands have been displaced, losing their homes and some, their loved ones. There are a number of relief organisations working on the ground to help the survivors. But they do need your help. The Daily Vox rounds up which relief efforts you can contribute to. 1. Abahlali Basemjondolo This grassroots organisation is the largest shackdwellers' movement in South Africa. It started in Durban in 2005 and now has branches…

UCT DVC and the accusations of fake qualifications: “It’s the story of many black African academics.”

Over the weekend, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, the social media savvy Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town (UCT), posted on Facebook that there’s been a malicious smear campaign launched against her which started on Wednesday, 4 October. Just nine months into her appointment, two UCT alumni sent a string of emails that cast doubt on her credibility as DVC and alleged that her qualifications are fake. The emails were sent to an extensive list of 40 people which…

Bafana Bafana may become the kids whose parents didn’t show up to watch them play

Bafana Bafana’s 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Burkina Faso is fast approaching and South Africans aren’t buying tickets to watch the match. Ticket sales are so low, it is the lowest attendance to an official international match. So far, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has managed to sell only 300 tickets for the 90 000 seater FNB Stadium. With such low ticket sales, SAFA has resorted to giveaways and prizes to fill up the stadium. Newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations were recruited to push…

NMU remains shut down amid security concerns

Students at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) shut down both the south and north campuses on Tuesday in protest over poor campus security. The shutdown was sparked by the rape of one student and the stabbing of another at the Second Avenue campus on Monday night.  Students held a meeting with NMU management on Tuesday and handed over a memorandum of demands. The university agreed to beef up security and expand its partnership with SAPS and extend its anti-crime initiative with the Summerstrand Community Crime Forum. They also…

Calls for independence for Southern Cameroons continue to grow

October 1 is a day of liberation and freedom for the peoples and territory known as Southern Cameroons. Anglophone Cameroonians gathered at the weekend worldwide to call for independence from La République du Cameroun and its francophone government. The Daily Vox attended the sister march which took place in Johannesburg at the weekend. On Sunday, the South African branch of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front (SCACUF-SA) marched from Pieter Roos Park to Constitution Hill calling for a protected…

Vodacom makes access to university websites free for staff and students

Good news for students and staff of universities in South Africa. If you’re a Vodacom subscriber, you can access online university portals for free. So you no longer have to use up your data if you want to access online university services when you’re not on campus. Last week, the network provider decided to “zero rate services to universities for students and staff who are Vodacom subscribers… in a bid to help address cost challenges associated with access to education content and remote learning for institutions of higher…

Centro Infantil Nhelety: Mozambique’s early childhood success story

Last week, Unicef held a five-day workshop on early childhood development (ECD) in Mozambique. Pre-school education experts visited nine schools in Maputo province to better understand how preschool education is working in the country. The Daily Vox tagged along.  Centro Infantil Nhelety is a pre-primary school in the Alto-Maé B district of the capital Maputo. The school has a fantastic reputation and the waiting lists for entry are extensive. The preschool is housed in what had been a clinic in 1939, during Portuguese…

Sub-Saharan Africa’s young children are facing a developmental crisis

It’s well established that when children have access to high quality early childhood development (ECD), they are more likely to break the cycle of poverty. Yet in South Africa, only one in five children under the age of six is enrolled in preschool. This week, experts from 20 countries attended a five-day workshop in Maputo to discuss challenges to and solutions for improving early childhood development (ECD) in Africa. Unicef’s Mozambique representative Marcoluigi Corsi said children who develop fundamental learning and…

Shift in the economy: ‘I never used to spend like this before’

With the economy stalling, South Africans are changing the way they shop and spending. A recent report by the payment clearing company BankservAfrica, shows that in July, South Africans bought more often than they did the previous year but that they also spent less during transactions. The Daily Vox asked Joburgers about the their spending habits and the economy. Rinky Mtshali, 52, unemployed, Alexandra I prefer buying a lot at once but it’s the same if I’ve got R200 or R300. I’ll buy very few things and the change I get…

iPhone X is reminding people how broke they are

On Tuesday night, Apple launched it’s new range of iPhones at the Steve Jobs Theatre at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, US. The new phones are sleek, feature-packed, and pricey AF. Like, sell your soul pricey. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will set you back about R9 172 ($699) and R10 484 ($799) respectively. The starting price for the iPhone X is R13 108 ($ 999). This left a lot of people with questions about how they were going to afford an upgrade. Poor people like me after knowing new iPhones price😀 #AppleEvent #iPhoneX…

Izwi Lami: a tech tool for rape survivors

The pervasiveness of rape in South Africa means there are many survivors in need of tools that empower them. Online platform Health-e News launched a campaign to provide survivors access to support structures. In a video produced by Health-e News, we learn about the motivation behind this tech tool for rape survivors. Izwi Lami - My Voice is an free SMS platform where survivors can find information about counselling services in their province, and share their experiences. Each SMS conversation ends with a link to a petition…

#Biko40 reminds us the police are still brutal

On 12 September, South Africans commemorate 40 years since the death of Bantu Stephen Biko, anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement. Biko died in police custody in 1977 after sustaining a serious head injury from being beaten by security police. Police beatings and tortures of political prisoners during the apartheid era were a common occurrence, presumably to frighten and intimidate dissenters. South Africa’s police were internationally notorious for death in detention. South African History…

What you need to know about the candidates for ANC president

The ANC’s official nomination and campaigning season only officially begins at the end of September but, with just a few months until its December elective conference, the party’s most influential members are already jockeying for the top position. The Daily Vox will be rounding up the top candidates, starting with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former African Union (AU) Commission chair. (Best viewed in full screen.) Featured image via Twitter

UGogo speaks about life as a girl on her period

Across time and cultures, menstruation means that a young girl is becoming a woman. For an older generation of women, attitudes towards menstruation were vastly different to what we understand now. Women have many more options for dealing with periods today but the stigma still persists. The Daily Vox spoke to Eunice Zondi (75) a retired nurse from KwaDlangezwa in northern KwaZulu-Natal about her recollections of puberty. When you started growing breasts, they would say you must tell us so ugogo can smack them with a doek so…

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists showcases SA’s bright future in STEM

The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have created solutions to the pressing problems of modern life. Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, has said that the future of Africa depends on increasing support for young scientists. In the spirit of encouraging young people to take an interest in science, Eskom held its 19th Young Scientist Expo on Saturday August 26, 2017. The University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus Sports Centre was filled with science projects made by learners…

Andile Mngxitama: populist Gupta-defender or enemy of white supremacy?

Just a year into his political campaign, Andile Mngxitama has emerged as a disruptor in South African politics. He’s been labelled a political agitator by his critics, and the deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Floyd Shivambu, once called him a “chihuahua” of the elite. His movement’s website, Black Opinion, has been taken down twice, to the condemnation of free speech advocacy group Right2KNow. We told you about Mguptama. He issa junior captive of the Guptas, and like Collen Maine, he's handled by…