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Danger from above: rocks thrown off bridges is an increasing robbery tactic

Drivers in northern KwaZulu-Natal are familiar with the trend of rocks thrown at cars from bridges. This is a robbery tactic that has been experienced on the freeways for decades. In my primary school in Empangeni, a family close to one of my classmates was killed in an incident. Since then, I’ve known many more who have lost their lives because of this. It has always remained a mystery about why these acts were committed. Was it to fulfil a sociopathic need for destruction, or a means to an end? Over the past few weeks, the…

Government has no plan for student historical debt – yet

The free education plan that is expected to come into full effect this year was another major victory for the Fees Must Fall movement. Since 2015, students across the country have been calling for the decommodification of tertiary education, a gateway out of poverty for many South African citizens. In spite of some gains, for now, there is no plan by the higher education department (or any other government department) for a way to deal with debt already incurred by students. The movement called for the removal of…

Dispelling 6 common myths that stop people from donating blood

The South African National Blood Services’ (SANBS) homepage states that there are currently only 2.4 days worth of blood in stock. This shortage is at a frightening level and tells us that South Africans haven’t embraced the concept of blood donation. According to SANBS, less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors, and there are a number of myths about blood donation that prevent people from contributing to the country’s stock.  The Daily Vox is here to dispel some of the myths that stop people from donating…

Why business cartels thrive in South Africa

The school uniform cartel in South Africa is the latest industry to be exposed for anti-competitive behaviour. The Competition Commission released its findings on Monday, exposing widespread collusion across all levels in the R10 billion industry. The Competition Commission launched its investigation into the sale of school uniforms last year after parents and schools filed complaints about the exorbitant prices and a limited amount of suppliers. The Cape Times reported that 1 595 schools, 287 school governing bodies and 414…

#FreshersAdvice: Your Complete Guide To South African Universities, Part 2

It’s a new academic year and thousands of undergrads will be registering for their first year at university. It’s a whole other thing, this university experience. There’s no assembly, lecturers have a far more relaxed approach to making sure you do your work (they don’t), and it’s all on you to get familiar with the much larger layout of the land. Issa lot to deal with, so the veterans of the varsity game created #FreshersAdvice and dropped all kinds of wisdom. From dating and partying advice (don’t date a comrade), where to…

Black excellence is owning cinema screens in 2018

This year is going to be a big year in terms of movie offerings. From Taraji P Henson shooting people’s kneecaps off in Proud Mary (out on 26 January), to the first part in the final instalment of Avengers: Infinity War blowing minds from 4 May. The Daily Vox rounds up five movies we’ll definitely be queuing up to see in 2018. 1. Inxeba (The Wound) The biggest and most controversial South African film of 2017 will be released nationwide. It has received national and worldwide acclaim, and is South Africa’s Oscars 2018…

The Daily Vox’s four biggest stories of 2017: where are they now?

2017 was quite the year in South Africa. We had major service delivery protests across the country, learners exposing the insidious racism in their schools, and the release of the long awaited Fees Commission report. It’s easy to forget about stories in this frenetic pace of the news cycle so The Daily Vox has followed up on some of a few of our most interesting stories in 2017. 1. Imizamo Yethu resettlement On 11 March this year, the nation watched in shock as hundreds of shacks in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu…

The new ANC top six in a dilemma with Zuma’s free education plan

On Monday night, the African National Congress (ANC) finally concluded the election of the party top six. Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa, emerged as the 13th president of the party ahead of Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma. On Saturday, President Jacob Zuma announced a new free education plan, however his preferred successor was beaten. How will this affect his plan? Ramaphosa’s New Deal policy for South Africa does support free education for the poor. His campaign stated that given the state of the economy,…

How Zuma’s free education plan will affect NSFAS and universities in 2018

President Jacob Zuma’s sudden announcement of a new free higher education policy came as a surprise, not the least because it came just as the 54th national conference of the African National Congress began over the weekend. Questions have been raised about the timing of his announcement and exactly where the money to fund all of this will come from. The move by the president came as a bombshell to all the parties involved in providing tertiary education in South Africa. Most universities have already increased their fees…

The party constitution amendments the ANC conference delegates will vote on

The 54th national conference of the African National Congress enters its second day, and we still await the voting and announcement of the new party president. However, the national conference isn’t just about electing the party’s next leaders. It’s also a time of reflection on important policy considerations. “National conferences are occasions when branches and the leadership collective, which includes the leagues, conduct an introspection and reflect on the organisation’s capacity to deliver on its tasks towards the…

Free Education at last? President Zuma announces sweeping changes to higher education funding

A month after the Heher Commission on Free Higher Education released its long awaited report, President Jacob Zuma announced sweeping changes to the higher education funding regime on Saturday. The Presidency announced its resolutions on the funding of the post schooling education and training (PSET) sector, public technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges, and public universities among other things. Having considered all the reports and the state of our universities and TVET colleges, in consultation with…

Good news for SA: the end of net neutrality in the US will have minimal impact on us

The communications regulatory body of the United States repealed an Obama-era net neutrality protection rule with 3-2 vote win in a meeting held in Washington on Thursday 14 December. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went against public opinion and chose to remove laws that guarantee the internet remains open in America. Considering how connected the worldwide web is, one has to wonder if the rest of the world will be impacted by this change. The Daily Vox takes a look at net neutrality and what it means for South…

Court halts mining company’s bullying-tactic evictions in KZN

A mining company has been making an attempt to evict a community from its land in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Dannhauser and to move residents into “substandard housing”. The Daily Vox rounds up. On Wednesday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court denied Ikwezi Mining an urgent eviction order. A group of 12 families from Klip Rand, Blackwater Vale, and Drooge Plaats farms are fighting to be relocated into adequate housing and proper compensation for their relocation. The communities were represented by the department of…

Job-hunting in 2018? Here’s why you should look in the Western Cape, not the Free State

The international workforce solutions company ManpowerGroup has released the results of its 2018 Employment Outlook Survey. The report forecasts how much companies in South Africa are going to increase or decrease their payroll. ManpowerGroup interviewed 752 South African employers and asked them how they anticipate total employment in their location to change between January and March 2018. The Daily Vox rounds up the  most important findings from the survey. From a global perspective South Africa ranks fairly low in terms…

Understanding​ ​listeriosis,​ ​South​ ​Africa’s​ ​latest​ ​disease​ ​outbreak

South Africa is in the midst of a large listeriosis outbreak, announced health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday, 5 December. The bacterial disease most recently claimed the life of a woman in Pretoria on Saturday evening. Sonette Clack was taken to Steve Biko Academic Hospital with a suspected case of meningitis. But her hospitalisation was too late and Clack became the 37th victim of severe listeriosis. The current outbreak is the second widespread outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. The first one was in 1977…

“It’s our country, it’s our libraries”: Abantu Book Festival asserts its African voice

The drive to Abantu Book Festival was a long one. It took 45 minutes and a R275 Taxify ride to get there. But the choice of venue was perfect. In the heart of Soweto, the organisers brought the event right to the people they wanted to reach – black people who are in love with literature. That is what the festival is trying to achieve, to host an event that puts black South African authors, aspiring authors, and readers at the centre. Here, their voices mean something. This is why author Sisonke Msimang has called Abantu…

Department of human settlements gets roasted in Parliament for its failures

In 2017, South Africa saw many communities mobilise to protest for affordable housing from the government. The people of Eldorado Park, Freedom Park, and Hout Bay are just some of the areas where poor and working-class citizens felt frustrated and sidelined by the slow rate of housing allocation. The department of human settlements (DHS) presented its 2016/17 annual report to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) social services committee in Parliament. The Daily Vox takes a look at the report and what emerged at the…

The Newbie Natural Guide is here for all your natural hair needs

The natural hair movement, where women of colour choose to keep their hair kinky and curly, has boomed over the years in South Africa. They have chosen to put the relaxers down and embrace the way their hair grows out of their scalp. But it’s tricky getting it right, especially if you joined the movement in its early days when the only information and products you could get were for the African American context. That’s why Janine Jellars, founder of TRUE Content Marketing Services and rocker of the afro, wrote a guide ebook…

How the historically disadvantaged Walter Sisulu University lost the right to teach law

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) released its final outcomes of the national review of law programmes on 9 November, and one university has lost its LLB accreditation while three others now face the danger of a similar fate. The CHE embarked on its first-ever nationwide LLB curriculum review of 17 law schools in 2016. The purpose of the review was to “strengthen the quality of legal education provision across South African universities,” according to the CHE. Law curricula were evaluated based on CHE’s programme…

Sub-Saharan migrants traded like merchandise in Libya

Black bodies are being traded at auctions in Libya, and the world has been slow to respond. It’s become such a part of Libyan society that people are being openly sold in marketplaces. The Daily Vox rounds up. The Guardian published an article seven months ago about the sale of West African migrants in Libya. English actor and investigative journalist Ross Kemp wrote an opinion piece for the same publication nine months ago. He visited the country that is the gateway to Europe for thousands of migrants and asked why the…