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South Africa Does Not Need The Help of Israel To Solve Our Drought

A number of articles have been written by Zionists telling Capetonians they would have water had they taken help from Israel. An editorial in the Jerusalem Post earlier this week says South Africa is in no position to refuse help from Israel. Why? According to them, Israel is the “world leader in desalination, water recycling, water preservation and irrigation".  This is not true. If Israelis have sufficient water, it's only because they deny water rights to Palestine. The control or destruction of Palestinian water supplies…

How Economic Crimes Occur In South Africa

The People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa took place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg this past week. Social activist and lecturer Khaya Sithole presented to the Tribunal on Tuesday on white collar crimes and state capture. The People's Tribunal ran from 3 - 7 February and addressed crimes of corruption and theft. The organisers included Right2Know, Open Secrets, Foundation for Human Rights, Corruption Watch and the Public Affairs Research Institute. The Tribunal looked at pre and post apartheid corruption…

Queer artist Desire Marea harassed at OR Tambo

Navigating the world as a visibly queer person is not easy when many violences are faced by them. On Friday, Desire Marea of the queer gqom duo FAKA was harassed by airport security and literally laughed by airport personal at OR Tambo International Airport. Speaking to The Daily Vox, Marea said they were making they way through security they the first incident happened when “a group of women who very loudly made remarks about my hair, in front of me as if I was not there”. The next incident took place when Marea’s hand…

Marievale community was once a thriving village till the soldiers came knocking

The once self reliant people of the Marievale community now wait on the state to prevent the military from terrorising them, and their return to their homes. Marievale is an area outside Nigel (about an hour’s drive east of Johannesburg) which used to house around 600 people on a disused military base. In November last year, all those people were thrown out their homes in a manner the community describes as “by the barrel of the gun”. The community took the state to court and an urgent interdict was granted which prevented,…

Laws need to be put in place to protect rights of intersex people

There has been a call for the banning of genital mutilation of intersex children but this can only be done if there is legislation put in place to protect the rights of these children. This call was made at the annual National Intersex Meeting late last year. The government seem like they are willing to listen but no plans have been set in motion yet. The definition of sex is different from gender. Gender is what a person chooses to identify as and sex is the description of sexual organ you are born with. Intersex people are…

Marievale community back in court to stop the army’s unlawful evictions

Marievale residents will be back in court later this week after the High Court heard and heard an application to interdict evictions from a disused military base, just outside of Johannesburg. On Monday afternoon, Judge Molahlehi extended an interdict against the evictions which are being carried out by the army on communities living on a disused South African National Defence Force (SANDF) military base in Marievale, near Springs in eastern Gauteng.  He said he would rule on the matter by the end of the week to either stop…

Dear moms: we love you, but you need to take better selfies

Selfies have fast become the preferred method of taking self portraits. Unfortunately our parents haven’t gotten with it. When you log onto Facebook, you’re harassed by unflattering (and memeable) pictures of your aunts and uncles. These selfies are taken with clearly no thought put into them - and this is an injustice. The Daily Vox put together a quick guide on how to take selfies. 1. Know your angles Video Camera - Mr. Bean GIF from Mrbean GIFs This firstly relates to the way in which you position your face. Do you want…

Ex-Marievale residents’ shacks demolished while trying to build them

The Marievale community have been terrorised by SANDF soldiers since they were evicted from their homes in November last year. Now they are being prevented from building shacks and some have been broken down by the SANDF. They were barred from entering their homes in November on the disused military base when soldiers entered their homes and forced them out. The community took them to court where an urgent interdict was granted preventing the evictions yet the soilder’s still have their member’s at entrances preventing…

How women suffer the worst effects of malnutrition in South Africa

Poverty, inequality and the lack of access to land are issues that drive the continued malnutrition of women in South Africa, especially since women tend to put their families needs before their own. According to the General Household Survey of 2012, 25% of women-headed households cut meal portions and skip meals while 8% less of male-headed households do the same. 21% of women-headed households are likely to have insufficient food, which is more common than in male-headed households, only 15.8% of them are at risk. In an…

Khayelitsha hosts its first ever Queer Film Festival

The first Queer Feminist Film Festival will happen in Khayelitsha over weekend of 19 to 20 January, aiming to create an inclusive space to celebrate queer people and feminists. The Daily Vox interviewed one of the organisers on the inspiration and challenges of creating this new space. Speaking to The Daily Vox, Mase Ramaru, one of the festival organisers, said that the QFFF is aiming to bring together people in conversation around queer and feminist activism to honour and reflect on what the movements have looked like in…

Everything you need to know about NSFAS (2018)

The second week of January has seen many students across the country entering universities and registering for the first time. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has already received over 300 000 applications for first-year students for the 2018 academic year, after applications ran from 1 August till 30 November 2017. After the announcement of free higher education for first-year students, there has been a lot of confusion regarding the NSFAS process, so The Daily Vox is breaking it down Who qualifies for…

There are some conflicting claims between EFF and Higher Education

The EFF Student Command (EFFSC) met with the department of higher education and training (DHET) on Monday, and released a statement which made several claims about what had been agreed to, ahead of the 2018 academic year. However, the meeting went differently, according to the department. The EFFSC claimed that it managed to get the DHET to agree on several demands, including the scrapping of historic debt, the re-admission of financially-excluded students, and the complete scrapping of pre-enrollment fees. When asked about…

Here are your initial university payments for 2018

South African students are going back to university in the coming weeks and registration is currently underway. Fees have not yet fallen and many students still have to pay registration fees. In case you aren’t sure about initial fees, we compiled a list to make it easier for you. Tshwane University of Technology TUT applicants need an upfront payment of R1 500 during registration which happens during January and February and again in July for semester students. University of Free State Non-residential students have to make…

How to survive the holidays with your white partner’s family

Choosing to love someone who is white can be difficult. You have to deal with the comments you get from other people of colour trying to police your personal life. Some of it is because of the labour you have to do with the person you love. With the holidays coming up you also have to deal with families of your white significant other. It may not get Get Out crazy, but it may get hard so we have a few tips to get you through it. 1. Expect the best, plan for the worst Keeping an open mind is important. When it’s the festive…

New minimum wage for domestic workers to come into effect in the new year

The department of labour published a new regulation for minimum wages for domestic workers which come into effect on 1 January 2018. The labour minister Mildred Oliphant amended section 56(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No. 75 of 19. These amendments were made ahead of the national minimum wage bill coming into effect in May next year. This bill will, however, mean that domestic workers, farm workers and workers on the Expanded Public Works Programme may be paid less. The national minimum wage agreement, which…

Student leaders have little faith in Ramaphosa rolling out free education

Some student leaders say the new African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa will not make a difference to the Fees Must Fall movement, and believe he will make no difference to the lives of students. On Saturday, the presidency announced a new free education policy for TVET students, and a wide-ranging grant system for poor and working class students. However, Zuma’s chosen successor Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma did not win the race, potentially leaving the plan in jeopardy. Koketso Poho, a member of the EFF Student…

CR17 vs NDZ: the ANC, business and media endorsements

The race for president of the African National Congress (ANC), who will be announced at the party’s 54th national conference, currently stands between former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Both these candidates have been endorsed by several different bigwigs in the party, ANC leagues, business, unions, and media houses. The Daily Vox breaks down the endorsements for each candidate. ANC nominations for Cyril Ramaphosa On Saturday night, the ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete…

Zuma’s free education announcement cautiously welcomed by student leaders

On Saturday, the Presidency announced a new higher education policy, which promised free education for TVET students, and a wide-ranging grant system for poor and working class students. Students have been demonstrating for several years under the banner of #FeesMutFall, and various leaders have responded positively to the announcement, saying it is not a holistic victory but a “step in the right direction”. The announcement was made on Saturday morning months after the Heher commission on higher education submitted its…

How to become the president of the ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) will from 16 to 20 December hold its 54th national conference, where it will vote in a new president and a national executive committee (NEC). The ANC has been in power since the first democratic elections in 1994. As the ruling party which enjoys a substantial electoral majority over its political rivals, the party’s national conference determines not just the future of the ANC, but of the whole country. The race for president has narrowed to two top candidates, former African Union…

Justice Nkabinde retires from the Constitutional Court

Justice Bess Nkabinde retired from the Constitutional Court on Thursday after serving 12 years at the court. On her final day, Nkabinde handed down her final judgment on a labour matter where she found Section 38(2)(b)(i) of the Public Service Act unconstitutional. Nkabinde was admitted to the North West Bar in 1989 where she served for ten years until she moved to the high court of the now North West Division. Here she served as acting judge of the court then the judge of the high court. She has also been judge in the…