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How To Talk To Young People About Sex And HIV

“It’s impossible for us to say, don’t get infected by HIV but we don’t talk about sex,” says youth HIV activist Saidy Brown. There is a deep reluctance to speak about sex with adolescents, especially young women, even as HIV prevalence in young women aged 15-24 is almost four times greater than men of that age. As a young woman living with HIV, Brown works as a youth advocate at South African Youth Positive (Y+ SA) and also has a YouTube channel which she created as a safe space for people living with HIV. She also recently…

TUT Remains Shut As Investigation Into Foul Elections Continues

Students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Soshanguve north campus have been advised to vacate their residences, while academic activities have been suspended until further notice. TUT has been a site of violence protest over the past couple of weeks as students demand justice for the slain third year law student Katlego Monareng. Meanwhile, student political parties are urging the university to resume with learning activities. Police shot Monareng after Student Representative Council (SRC) elections went awry at…

Political Parties Weigh In On The Fees Must Fall Amnesty Debate

Political parties debated the call for blanket amnesty for #FeesMustFall (FMF) activists at a National Assembly plenary sitting. In spite of the announcement of a new free higher education policy in December 2017, many activists have been charged with public violence and destruction of property in the protest action during the 2015 and 2016 protests. Activists have been appealing for a presidential pardon for the offences committed, but a number of political parties view the appeal as illegitimate.…

11 Empowering Messages From ‘What A Time To Be Alone’

What A Time To Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough is a delightful guide to self love and acceptance sprinkled with Igbo proverbs and beautiful design and illustration. Written by Nigerian-British blogger and writer Chidera Eggerue, the book isn’t designed to “fix” anybody. “I want people to use the book as a mirror that they can hold up in front of themselves and be able to address their own behaviours,” Eggerue said in an interview with The Daily Vox. The book is packed with important lessons,…

Understanding Human Trafficking in South Africa

Of late, social media has been awash with pictures, videos and warnings about human trafficking. But it isn’t a new problem in South Africa. Human trafficking in South Africa has been alive and well‚ lurking from plain sight but festering as the demand for cheap labour and sexual services keeps growing. The Daily Vox explains. What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It involves recruiting, holding or transporting people into exploitation by using violence, deception or coercion. There are various…

The Slumflower Speaks About Self Love And Her Book ‘What A Time To Be Alone’

You might know Chidera Eggerue as The Slumflower, the British-Nigerian blogger who fuses fashion and politics on her award-winning blog. Maybe you know her as the woman who inadvertently started a social movement around body positivity when she typed #SaggyBoobsMatter on an Instagram caption. Eggerue also just released a book called What A Time To Be Alone which is a colourful guide to self love and acceptance peppered with Igbo proverbs and beautiful design and illustration. We chatted to Eggerue about the book and what…

Crazy Rich Asians – Why Hollywood Needs MORE Representation

Representation is the buzzword for Hollywood in 2018. Films like Black Panther, Love, Simon and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before have been hailed as celebrations for People Of Colour (POC) representation. The latest film to add to the list is Crazy Rich Asians. Based on the book by Kevin Kwan, a satirical look into the obscenely wealthy 1% of Singapore, the film boasts a full Asian cast replete with Chinese-Singaporean cultural details, food and scenes. But, like all films with POC representation, it is held to impossible…

SA Students: ‘Grant FMF Activists Blanket Amnesty’

It’s been almost a year since then-president Jacob Zuma announced free tertiary education, legitimising the call of South African students. However, a number of students who protested in Fees Must Fall (FMF) movement of 2015-2017 face charges for their involvement. This has resulted in a growing call for the state to drop all charges. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the ministry will help students approach the National Prosecuting Authority to get their cases reviewed. But he said it should be noted presidential…

Why So Many African Adolescents Are Dying Of Aids And What We Can Do About It

Aids is the leading cause for adolescent death on the African continent. This is contained in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report All In, in Eastern and Southern Africa: Catalysing the HIV response for adolescents. Unicef southern and eastern Africa Senior HIV Specialist Laurie Gulaid unpacks some elements in the report over Facebook live . https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/aids-is-killing-african-adolescents-new-un-report-shows-shaazia-ebrahim “The first…

5 Things To Bring ‘Ramaphoria’ Back

Let’s be honest. Ramaphoria (for those of you who contracted it) is wearing thin. The country is still in a shambles. Economically, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s term is turning out ot be just as bad as when Jacob Zuma was in office. The rand is doing abysmally amid a torrent of negative economic news, political risks and falling commodity. Don’t even get us started on the petrol prices and how the 1% VAT increase has affected of our standards of living. With rating agency Moody’s threatening a downgrade and poor retail…

Clinton Chauke’s ‘Born In Chains’ Tells Why We Need Economic Freedom In South Africa

“Growing up as a born free I was told there were a lot of things I could access - education, shelter, even food, sometimes. But I found them hard to attain,” writes Clinton Chauke in his debut book Born In Chains: The Diary Of An Angry ‘Born Free’. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/clinton-chauke-wonderful-time-young-black-talented-shaazia-ebrahim In the book, Chauke grapples with what it’s like growing up young, black and poor in post-apartheid South Africa. He writes South African poverty in it’s grimy splendour from the…

Shooting At TUT: “We Went Back to 1976”

UPDATE: Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students of the Soshanguve campus have pledged to march to the local police station every day until the case of the student the police killed shot “is resolved.” TUT management is set to meet with students from the various structures on Monday to resolve students' grievances. Later, a higher level meeting with management, the police ministry and delegates from the department of higher education is set to take place, TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter confirmed in an interview with…

Julius Malema On Land: Only Death Will Stop Us

“If South Africans are afraid of expropriating the land without compensation because of sanctions and backlash, then don’t vote for the EFF,” the Commander-in-Chief (CIC) Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said. “We are not scared because we know for every good there will be pain,” he added. Malema was speaking at a media briefing held at the EFF headquarters in Braamfontein on Thursday. The EFF spoke on a variety of issues including US President Donald Trump’s infamous tweet, land expropriation without…

UCT Students: Minority Religions Must Be Recognised And Accommodated

A group of students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been working on a proposal to amend the policy regarding religious accommodation at the institution.The policy, sponsored by the UCT Muslim Student Association (MSA), was tabled at the exams and assessment committee meeting on the 22 August. Students are proposing a ‘Positive Recognition Model’ where the university will draft rules, regulations and policy to make reasonable accommodation for the various cultural and religious practices of its constituency. In the…

How Vegan Muslims Observe Qurbani

On the second Eid of the Islamic calendar called Eid-al-Adha, Muslims around the world offer sheep, goats, cattle and camels for Qurbani or sacrifice. This meat is distributed to the poor. It symbolises the intended sacrifice by Prophet Abraham of his only son at the time. Just before the sacrifice was about to take place, God provided a ram as sacrifice. Animals were very important and valuable assets and this, and Abraham’s willing to sacrifice his son, showed the submission of their individual will and ego to God. For…

NSFAS In Parliament: 5 Takeaways From The Hearings

Applications for the 2019 the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) will open in early September. This was confirmed by the department of higher education and training (DHET) on Thursday after it, together with Nsfas, briefed parliament’s higher education and training portfolio committee. DHET also said a new student funding policy will be released for public comment by the end of October. Nsfas has been sinking. In the past couple of weeks its chairperson Sizwe Nxasana announced his resignation. Higher Education…

Author Clinton Chauke: “What A Wonderful Time To Be Young, Black And Talented”

There’s a lot of things Clinton Chauke would describe himself as: social critic, fierce debater, Pan-Africanist. But despite being born in 1994, one label he flatly rejects is that of ‘born free’. Chauke is also the author of Born In Chains: The Diary Of An Angry ‘Born Free’ where he writes about what it’s like to be young and black and poor. The Daily Vox chatted to Chauke about his book. Why did you write this book? I wanted to share the story of growing up as a black folk in South Africa. It’s the story that’s common but…

No Record Of 30 Suicide Attempts At Rhodes, University Says

Rhodes University and its Student Representative Council (SRC) have refuted claims floating around on social media that 30 of its students have attempted suicide since the death of Khensani Maseko. Third year law student Khensani Maseko died of suicide on August 3 at her home in Johannesburg. Maseko was allegedly raped by her then-boyfriend in May and battled depression. She was laid to rest on Thursday. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/rhodes-university-students-mourn-the-death-of-khensani-maseko-shaazia-ebrahim/ Since then,…

“It’s A Rare Sight To See A Woman Playing The Bass”

Regomoditswe Thothela (34) describes herself as quiet and reserved, but when the Bloemfontein-born musician plays the double bass it’s difficult not to notice her. The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra. And it’s quite rare to see a woman, a black woman at that, playing it. We spoke to Thothela about her musical journey. My journey with music started when I was 11 back in Bloemfontein, that’s where I grew up. It started at FS Musicon, which is a school of…

Total Shutdown Organisers: We Will Not Be Intimidated Or Distracted

The Total Shutdown organisers welcome that the statement issued by the office of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), announcing that a docket opened against them was invalidated by senior police management. The Gauteng conveners were on Tuesday charged with violating the permit, intimidating the president and violence at the Union Buildings. These charges were subsequently dropped and considered unfounded later that day. The Total Shutdown views this as an intimidation tactic but will not…