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The ultimate guide to surviving the financial woes of JanuWorry

There’s nothing more sobering than being broke in January. Sipping cocktails on the beach fades into a distant memory, as the payday stretch begins. For South Africans, December is not just a month it's a lifestyle. But after balling out during the holidays, many of us find ourselves cash-strapped - and the month feels as long as a year. The Daily Vox put together some tips to help you stay afloat in JanuWorry. 1. Track your spending and budget accordingly The first step is to be aware of what you spend money on and to cut…

Is #BlackHogwarts the best trending topic of all time? Of course it is.

If you were born in the late 80s or 90s, chances are you’re part of the Harry Potter generation. We all know the story about the 11-year-old orphaned white boy who gets thrust into the world of witchcraft and wizardry - where, it turns out, he is actually famous. But here’s a plot twist: imagine yourself at Black Hogwarts. If you can’t, that’s okay because Black Twitter did it for you under the epic trending topic that is #BlackHogwarts: a beautiful combination of memes and genius. The Daily Vox rounds up.  Every Harry…

Careful where you try to walk in, some universities have no spaces available

South African universities have revised their earlier position to make provision for walk-in and late applications for prospective students. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that candidates will be guaranteed placement. Universities South Africa (USAf) said in a statement on 10 January that it would adopt a “more flexible approach” to address the question of walk-ins to ensure a successful registration period. USAf is a representative association of the 26 public universities of South Africa  The body had previously…

This Cape Town vlogger shows where the water is really going

The Cape Town water crisis intensifies each day. A YouTube video shows where the dwindling water supply is allocated. Based on current consumption, the city of Cape Town will reach "Day Zero" on 29 April. On Day Zero, the dams will drop below 13.5%, taps will be turned off and Capetonians will have to collect water at one of 200 checkpoints around the city, which will be monitored by police and the military.  The city has instituted water rationing, with each person limited to 87 litres of water per day in total. But how…

#FreshersAdvice: Your complete guide to South African Universities, Part I

Everything about starting university is daunting: the size of the campuses, the people, the work and the fees. Luckily, seniors have your back and have been posting advice for first-years to make the university experience a tad easier. We did you a solid and collected and collated all the advice from the various universities. (You’re welcome.) University of the Free State (UFS) Attending the majority of your classes is mandatory, no matter how attractive the prospect of actually sleeping and having an active social life.…

The only vegan at a summer braai: a guide to self defence

Big gatherings in the summertime can be something to look forward to - but when you’re the only vegetarian/vegan among carnivores it can fill you with dread. These get-togethers require mental preparation because of course, as a non-meat eater what you put on your plate is everybody's business. The Daily Vox put together a quick guide for the vegetarians and vegans on surviving the inevitable questions meateaters ask. 1. “But if you love the animals, why are you eating all their food?” For some reason meateaters find this…

We’re sick of ANC presidential hopefuls using Khwezi as a political gimmick

It’s a sad day in South African politics when African National Congress presidential hopefuls resort to evoking the trial of Fezekile “Khwezi” Kuzwayo as a cheap ploy to try and win. The ANC national conference is looming, and presidential candidates have been using every trick in the book to win public favour. But using Khwezi to gain fervour is quite simply, sickening. The fact that Khwezi was violated by Zuma, denied justice and then driven into exile by his rabid fan club makes it so ugly that people are using her name…

Meet DotAfro, the proudly and loudly black social media platform

Activists - black activists in particular - find that Facebook is not a safe space to voice their pain and anger on issues affecting them. That’s why three young black professionals took the matter into their own hands and launched a social media platform of their own to voice their issues. Headhunter Mandisa Khanyile, app developer Tumelo Baloyi and economist Thato Sogo launched DotAfro on November 18. The Daily Vox spoke with Khanyile about the platform.…

There is no freedom of speech on Facebook, activists say

Facebook has been making headlines globally for temporarily banning users who comment variations of “Men Are Trash” on the site. This is in line with its community guidelines which are not geared towards social justice and instead protect the interests of white males. But the problem affects local activists too. The Daily Vox rounds up. Facebook is the most popular social media site with over two billion monthly active users, the first ever social media networking site to reach these numbers. Marcia Belsky, standup comic…

South Africa’s #MeToo gap: No accountability for high-profile men

The #MeToo movement began on our timelines - then became tangible as scores of high-profile American men are being ousted and fired for their trash behaviour. South Africa has its own list of high-profile men who are perpetrators of sexual misconduct. But they continue to escape their sexist behaviour unscathed. The hashtag #MeToo continues to send shockwaves across the USA as more and more people are coming foward with their stories of sexual abuse. It started in Hollywood when film producer Harvey Weinstein was accused by…

SA Men Awards nominates homophobic, misogynistic preacher

Behold the SA Men Awards, where we celebrate men for not being trash during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. And nominate a homophobic and misogynistic preacher as Man of the Year. Every year, for 16 days from November 25 to December 10 the government endorses a campaign to end violence against women and children. The SA Men Awards are designed to encourage men to be active citizens against gender-based violence in the country, according to chairperson Bongani Ngomane. “Not all men are…

Six SA organisations fighting gender-based violence

Gender-based violence is a mammoth problem in South Africa, but there are small organisations all around South Africa working tirelessly to tackle it. At a recent symposium, six of these organisations were hailed for the work they do to lower the incidence of gender-based violence in their communities. The Daily Vox rounds up. 1. Justice and Women - Melmoth, KwaZulu Natal Justice and Women recently started a much-needed conversation about women understanding their bodies. It found that women in the Melmoth community are…

Israeli foreign ministry thanks apartheid South Africa and gets schooled

An Israeli Twitter account is celebrating the country’s statehood by thanking the countries that voted yes in the United Nations (UN) 1947 partition plan. South Africa was also thanked but folks on Twitter clapped back criticising one apartheid state for thanking another. While it is not clear that this account, called @Tweeting1947, is run by the Israeli foreign affairs ministry, it is has nevertheless been retweeted several times by the ministry’s Twitter account. According to its Twitter bio, @Tweeting1947 is: “Retelling…

South African matrics finish school on a heartwarming note

Matric learners are recognising the financial constraints amongst their peers and are selflessly donating their schooling belongings to relieve this. The last of the matrics completed their final exams this week, and donated their school uniform and shoes - ending their school careers on a positive note. Social media was flooded with pictures of empty exam halls and corridors with donated school uniforms and shoes. Randfontein High in Johannesburg is one of the schools where learners donated their school belongings. Matrics…

#UnemployedDoctors: No posts for medical interns in 2018

There are not enough posts in the public health sector available for junior doctors to complete their internships in 2018. The Junior Doctors Association of South Africa (Judasa) started the #unemployeddoctors campaign to raise awareness to their plight. Judasa is a group under the South African Medical Association (Sama) that represents the interests, needs and challenges of junior doctors. To qualify as an independent practitioner in South Africa, medical graduates have to complete an internship and a period of community…

UCT students on writing exams in a tent: “It’s bizarre and not well thought out”

Students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are writing exams in a tent on the university rugby field amid heavy security presence. The conditions are an attempt to ensure uninterrupted exams, considering the rumblings of Fees Must Fall protests at UCT this year. “UCT is determined to conduct the exams in a safe, quiet and calm atmosphere to support students in doing the best they can,” spokesperson Elijah Moholola said in a statement. The exams began on November 15. The Daily Vox asked UCT students what it’s like to write…

Egypt’s failed Arab Spring revolution: A warning for Zimbabwe

The dramatic military coup in Zimbabwe last week indicates that President Robert Mugabe’s days are numbered. Despite his claims otherwise on national television, there is speculation that he has signed his resignation letter. But as the aftermath of Egypt’s Arab Spring revolution shows, Zimbabweans should temper their relief and jubilation. The Daily Vox explains. What happened with Egypt’s Arab Spring? The Egyptian military supported the people’s call for the removal of the autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. The rumblings…

How Thabo Mbeki helped Robert Mugabe steal an election

A number of Zimbabweans do not want South Africa or the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to intervene in the ongoing crisis. A citizen in Bulawayo started a petition to stop SADC from interfering with the political transition in Zimbabwe on Thursday. The petition has been signed by over 19 000 supporters. It aims to reach 25 000. Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has been heavily criticised for his silence during the violent 2002 and 2008 Zimbabwe elections. Mbeki also mediated before the 2008 election…

How political parties in South Africa reacted to the Zimbabwe crisis

On Tuesday, the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF) moved into Zimbabwean capital Harare, to “target criminals” aligned to President Robert Mugabe. Despite that it seems like the beginnings of a military coup, army officials aren’t calling it that. South Africa’s political parties weigh in on the recent developments in Zimbabwe and the way forward. The Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane issued a statement on Wednesday saying the current instability in Zimbabwe should be a concern for all African countries who…

The Fees Commission’s income contingent loans explained

University students have been protesting for free, decommodified and decolonised education since 2015. In January 2016, President Jacob Zuma in January 2016 commissioned an inquiry into the viability of free education and after an extensive wait, the Fees Commission report was released on November 13. The report does not find free education viable or in the best interests of South Africa’s higher education sector saying, “those who can afford to pay must pay”. As a solution to a transformed and expanded higher education…