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Nozizwe Cynthia Jele Explores Imperfection And Forgiveness In Her Latest Book

A funeral is an important symbolic ritual. It brings together friends and family in a celebration of life, a grief of loss and an expression of beliefs, thoughts and feelings about losing a loved one. Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s latest book The Ones With Purpose comes together around the ceremony of a funeral. Jele introduces readers to the Mabuza family from the fictional township of New Hope. The story is told through the eyes of Anele whose sister Fikile was ravaged by cancer. Fikile’s death is one of many blows that have hit…

Janna Jihad: We Are The Generation That Can Free Palestine

“I wish you can know a little bit about our suffering as children living under occupation,” 12-year-old journalist and 2 Suns Shamsaan ambassador Janna Jihad said. “We are not victims,” she said of the Palestinian people. “While we’re victims in many ways, mostly we’re freedom fighters. We’re people who just want to live in freedom and peace and equality,” Jihad was speaking at a discussion hosted by the Institute for Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) in Auckland Park on Thursday morning. Jihad is well-known for reporting the…

#100MenMarch: Not Nearly Enough

Large crowds of men scare me. I just don’t feel safe around men - particularly unfamiliar men. It’s in large crowds of men that womxn* get heckled, groped and assaulted or worse. And it is in a large crowd of men that I found myself for the 100 Man March on Tuesday morning in Pretoria. I just arrived at Church Square in Pretoria where the #100MenMarch is set to start from. @thedailyvox pic.twitter.com/vmNeiRnqyB — shaazia ebrahim (@shaazzeea) July 10, 2018 Hundreds of men from various sectors in South African society showed…

From Reading Crisis To Reading Culture

The importance of reading cannot be overstated. Words and stories are woven into the fabric of the progress of a society. In South Africa, however, a reading crisis is unfolding. Before it worsens further, we need to ask how we as a society can promote a culture of reading. In the Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study, which tested reading comprehension of learners in their fourth year of primary schooling, it says 78% of South African pupils could not read for meaning. Nic Spaull, a senior researcher in…

The Mbegu Platform: Helping The Youth Find Solutions To Problems In Their Communities

South Africa is failing its youth - particularly its poor youth. Despite the ability of young people to creatively pose solutions to the problems faced by their communities, there are no avenues for them to channel their ideas. Enter the Mbegu Platform: a platform that aims to give the youth digital tools to solve pressing societal problems. We spoke to one on the founders, Shaeera Kalla. What is the Mbegu Platform? The Mbegu Platform is a platform that revolutionises the way in which digital tools are used to solve social…

EFF And Traditional Leaders Unite Over The Land Question

The Economic Freedom Fighters and Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) have joined forces in the heated debate around land expropriation without compensation in South Africa. At a joint presser in Braamfontein on Thursday, both organisations committed to work together and host a land summit in the next few months. The presser came after what Contralesa called a “historic meeting” with the EFF leadership earlier on Thursday. Contralesa said it agrees with the EFF that Section 25 of the Constitution must be…

Here’s How You Can Choose Your Career Wisely

Find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life, they say. It sounds like the simple answer to all life’s problems. But making a decision about which career to choose can be both daunting and overwhelming. We spoke to counselling psychologist and founder of The Career Guidance Company Zakiyya Essa to gain some valuable insight into how to make an informed career choice. What’s the difference between a job and a career? It’s important to distinguish between a job and a career. A job is typically a shorter-term…

Twitter Is Losing It Over Drake’s New Album Scorpion

Hold on to your wigs, Drake just dropped his double album Scorpion and Twitter is about to break. The 25-track album has all the pre-released certified bops like God’s Plan, Nice for What and I’m Upset. It features all of our favs including Nicki Minaj, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Static Major and Jay Z. Perhaps the biggest shocker is that the album features an unreleased track from the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. Scorpion was only released in the early hours of Friday and has been trending on Twitter since Thursday. The…

Women’s Prize Winner Kamila Shamsie On Writing And Her Book ‘Home Fire’

Writer Kamila Shamsie humanised the political story of a British family caught up by Isis - and in so doing, won the Women's Prize for Fiction. In a reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone, her seventh book Home Fire grapples with themes of identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. Home Fire is a renowned success and was also longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker prize and shortlisted for the Costa novel award. Judges of the book “passionately recommend” it and said they “chose the book which… spoke for our times”. The Daily…

Here’s How To Keep Updated With The Daily Vox

As you know, The Daily Vox lives online. Earlier this year, Facebook changed it’s algorithms to prioritise “meaningful interactions” from friends and family over content from brands — namely, less news. As much as we’re all about posts from friends overseas and videos of cute puppies, we also want to ensure that you see the latest content from The Daily Vox. Many of our readers rely on Facebook to keep up with The Daily Vox, so before your news feed is devoid of our content, here are three ways to guarantee that you’ll still…

In Defence Of Safe Spaces

Safe spaces are often mocked and misunderstood. Those who are excluded from certain safe spaces feel discriminated against or feel that it is a threat to democracy. Perhaps the problem lies with not understanding what a safe space and its purpose is. The Daily Vox explains. What is a “safe space”? Safe spaces are communities - that can exist online or in real life - where bigotry and oppressive views are not tolerated. Insofar as they can be, safe spaces are controlled environments intended as havens for the historically…

A POC Supper At UCT’s Decolonial School Is Causing White Tears

An objection to a People Of Colour (POC)-only space at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Winter Decolonial School is shifting the attention from the objection of the school to white fragility, organisers of the school said. From 24 to 30 June, UCT will host a Decolonial Winter School on topics relating to decolonial theory and practice. Hosted by activists, scholars and community organisations, it seeks to reimagine the teaching environment outside the traditional classroom and lecture theatre. “It’s a historical moment,”…

It’s 2018 And Football Is Still A Chauvinist’s Safe Space

There is a pervasive notion that football belongs to men. The sport has historically been dominated by male players, male commentators and male supporters. But even as more women watch, play and work in football, male chauvinism and misogyny continues to rear its ugly head. It’s 2018 folks and it’s no longer justifiable to bar women from football. Despite footballing authorities championing equality initiatives or the high-profile female footballers, there is a deep-seated unwillingness from men to allow women to participate…

Shashi Naidoo On Her Way To Palestine After Meeting BDS SA

We still don’t understand why human rights and Palestinian solidarity organisation Boycott Divestment Sanctions South Africa (BDS SA) held a presser for Shashi Naidoo. The South African TV personality and model was publically lambasted after a recent pro-Israel social media post where she called Gaza a “shithole”. She said she will be taking a trip to Gaza to "educate her on issues in the area". While her attempts to learn and unlearn are commendable, we have to ask why BDS SA is giving the ‘process’ a public platform. BDS…

World Cup Brings Recognition of San And Khoi Languages To The Fore

Football is bringing awareness to the existence and plight of Khoi and San communities in South Africa. At the beginning of the month, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago announced that the SABC will for the first time allow for Khoi and San communities to have the world cup matches broadcast in the! Xun and Khwe dialect on X-K FM.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on 14 June and will end on 15 July. The Daily Vox spoke to the producer of the station and members of Khoi and San communities to get a feel for what it…

Game Of Thrones 3D Generalist On Animation

Animation is a dynamic and exciting field, but it’s a highly-skilled profession that makes it difficult to get into. Three-dimensional generalist Thomas Kutschera who is part of the team at Pixomondo who design the special effects and dragons for Game of Thrones, spoke to us about working on the show and how the young and underprivileged can get into animation. In the nineties, Kutschera studied design in Germany with his main focus on 3D. It was a long time ago and was restricted by software and hardware, he said, but this…

The Daily Vox Explains Eid In South Africa

As Muslims bid the month of fasting farewell, they look forward to Eid-ul-Fitr - the celebration after Ramadan. The Daily Vox resident Muslims SHAAZIA EBRAHIM and FATIMA MOOSA chat about what Eid is and how it is celebrated in South Africa. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/curious-about-ramadan-weve-got-you-covered-shaazia-ebrahim-fatima-moosa/ What is Eid-ul-Fitr? Shaazia: After this solemn month of reflection and spirituality, God gave us the gift of Eid. Fatima: Eid-ul-Fitr is basically a celebration for Muslims after the…

NWU Muslim Students Will Write Exams On Eid

Not all South African Muslims will be celebrating the culmination of the fasting month Ramadan on Friday with the religious holiday of Eid al Fitr. Muslim students at the North West University (NWU) are scheduled to write exams on Eid day. Final year chemical engineering student and former chairperson of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) Hasan Varachia is one of the students whose exams are scheduled to be written on Eid day. Varachia will be writing biotechnology at 09:00 on Eid morning. “I tried to be silent, I tried…

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele On Fixing South Africa’s Weak Reading Culture

“The writing happened much later in life but the reading has always been part of who I am,” South African writer Nozizwe Cynthia Jele said in an interview with The Daily Vox.  “I’ve always been a reader, I’ve always loved reading. I guess I’ve always been one of those children who were just curious about books and I read everything that I could get my hands on,” she said. “When I got older, from the books that I was reading, which were talking to my experiences at the time, I just felt like maybe let me try writing. I…

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele On Her New Book: Death Becomes A Part Of Growing Up

“My books are always an observation of where I am at that particular point in my life, what I’m experiencing personally or just my observations,” novelist Nozizwe Cynthia Jele said in an interview with The Daily Vox. Jele’s latest offering, The Ones With Purpose, tells of a woman whose sister dies from breast cancer leaving her to pick up the pieces of her family. It is a story of family, disappointment, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love. “With The Ones, I’ve realised that I’m experiencing certain things that come with age,”…