Zimbabwe: How A Fuel Price Hike Sparked A National Shutdown

For the past three days Zimbabweans have filled the streets of Harare and Bulawayo in protest of a sharp fuel increase, which is the last straw for the country which faces an economic crisis. Enraged Zimbabweans blockaded roads, burnt tires, set cars alight, and looted shops in protest and the state has retaliated with heavy-handed security - which has left eight dead and many injured - and has shut down the internet. How did the protests begin? Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (who's on a five-nation tour in…

Most Universities Are Not Accepting Walk-Ins

It’s that time of the year again when students pick up their books and go back to university. With it comes the hassle of registration, and all of the questions about whether walk-in registrations are accepted and how much the registration fees are. A few South African universities do accept walk-ins for registration but most do not and every university has an upfront fee that is payable before registration. Student bodies are not feeling it.…

Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2019

New books are undoubtedly the most exciting part about the new year. Naturally, our 2019 #TBR list is extremely long but for the purposes of this article we narrowed it down to the top 10. From Young Adult (YA) fiction to African authors, Indian politics and contemporary feminist theory, here are the books we cannot wait to get our hands on. An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, January 8 (Published by Little, Brown and Company) In a contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey, this book is narrated by the chi…

For Single Brown Girls At Indian Weddings

Weddings are every unmarried brown girls worst nightmare. There is something very annoying to brown aunties about a single, carefree brown girl. There is an insistence to get us hitched and miserable so we can chime in about spring cleaning and how our husbands always seem to bite into that one elachi pod in the biryani or whatever it is old aunties and married women supposedly bond over. On the other hand, weddings are every brown parent’s matchmaking dream. Like most traditional (heteronormative) South African Indian…

‘The Last Words Of Rowan Du Preez’ Explores Truth And Justice

It was 2012 in the Cape Flats in Mfuleni. Demanding better police services in Khayelitsha, community activists Angy Peter and Isaac Mbadu were raising their young family. However, the tables turned when the Khayelitsha Commission started its hearings and Peter found herself on trial for necklacing young neighbourhood rabble-rouser Rowan du Preez. The State alleged that, on his dying breath, du Preez confessed that Peter and Mbadu set the tyre alight around his neck. But what is the truth? Was Peter a framed by the police for…

Marievale: Home Of Community Leader Bombed

After midnight on Wednesday, a petrol bomb was thrown onto the roof of Marievale community leader and former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) sergeant Chris Koitsioe’s home while his wife Gladys was asleep and alone. Koitsoe, who was in Polokwane with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) at the time, has consistently opposed SANDF’s eviction and mistreatment of the community. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/marievale-residents-say-sandf-illegally-evicting-military-base-rumana-akoob/ “It was at 1am…

These Bones Will Rise Again Is An Intimate Telling Of Zimbabwean History

Much of history is told from the position of “Big Men” who oft gloss over or ignore the contributions made by women and the working class. This is not true of Panashe Chigumadzi’s new book These Bones Will Rise Again. In a beautiful essay that reads as part memoir, part analysis Chigumadzi centers her late grandmother Mbuya Chigumadzi and the spirit medium of Mbuya Nehanda in her understanding of Zimbabwean political history. In the book, Chigumadzi writes a diary of the post-independence rule in Zimbabwe till the 80's,…

NSFAS 2019: 5 Things You Need To Know

“I am pleased that the 2019 application process has performed well in terms of systems, applications received, as well as user experience,” said Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor. Pandor was speaking at a media briefing hosted with National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) administrator Dr Randall Carolissen in Cape Town on applications for 2019. Here are the main takeaways from the briefing. Nsfas received over 400,000 applications! Pandor said a team is at work to process over 400,000 Nsfas applications…

Global Citizen: Why Was Our Safety Not Taken Seriously?

What happened outside the FNB stadium in Soweto after the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival on December 2 sounded like a scene straight out of The Purge. Social media was flooded with terrifying accounts of violence and lawlessness with people saying authorities stood back as criminals took the reign. As beautiful as Beyoncé’s performance was, that will not be the memory that will linger with many about the festival. It is evident that the organisers, the security, the police failed the concert-goers who were victims of…

These Young Activists Are Working For Safer Schools

Lays dos Santos (18) has to leave home in the early parts of the morning to go to school or work every day. Travelling from the favela in northern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she lives is extremely dangerous and gang violence and police brutality is a daily reality for people in her community. “Violence restricts our movements,” dos Santos says. 

Why I Made Everything Must Fall – Rehad Desai

Rehad Desai is well known for his socio-political documentaries. The director presented us with Miners Shot Down which tracked what transpired between miners and mining management following the Marikana massacre in 2012. That was followed by The Giant is Falling which described the emergence of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the decline of former president Jacob Zuma and the dwindling accountability of the African National Congress (ANC). Desai’s third documentary Everything Must Fall follows the Fees Must Fall (FMF)…

The Forgotten Women Series Uncovers The Untold Histories Of Women

World history remembers certain people better than others. Our records are dominated by white men from the West who supposedly led, conquered, and created the world as we know it. Zing Tsjeng’s Forgotten Women series challenges the way we remember history by colouring it in with some of the most prolific women from all over the world. Tsjeng writes women in all their complexity in the series which features books titled: The Artists, The Leaders, The Scientists, and The Writers. “I had always been interested in history but…

Patricia De Lille’s New Party: Should We Expect Great Things?

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) member and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille announced on Sunday that she will be launching a brand new political party in the coming weeks. This announcement came three weeks after she walked out on her position as executive mayor of the City of Cape Town, and after months of ugly political spats and bitter infighting between her, members of her mayoral committee, and leaders of the DA. But there is hope to create a new movement for good with her new party, she tells The Daily Vox.…

5 Reasons To Read Esi Edugyan’s ‘Washington Black’

Can a person who was enslaved ever be free? This is the question Canadian author Esi Edugyan grapples with in her masterpiece novel: Washington Black. The book tracks the journey of a gifted young boy born into slavery on a Barbados plantation, who forms an unlikely bond with his master’s brother. In the book readers journey from the Caribbean to the Arctic exploring themes of identity, freedom, humanity, friendship, love, betrayal, and redemption. Here a five reasons to give the novel a read. The plot is exceptionally…

Why Your Veganism Must Be Intersectional

Let’s talk food. No matter which angle we come at it from: food is political. The way the food you eat is produced, controlled, regulated, inspected, distributed, and consumed has to do with systems of power and systems of oppression. Veganism claims to recognise this - but falls short. Before we confuse being plant-based and being vegan, let’s start with semantics. Veganism and a plant-based diet are often used interchangeably but the two are very different. Veganism is a political choice, and a plant-based diet is a…

5 Memorable Moments From Malusi Gigaba

It’s just another day of South African politics: the (now former) home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has finally caved to the pressure from President Cyril Ramaphosa and quit his job... Gigaba has not resigned from his position as a member of parliament though. “Minister Gigaba indicated in his letter of resignation that he was stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs,” the Presidency said in a statement. The president has asked transport minister Blade Nzimande to step in for Gigaba…

The Kendal Power Station Is Poisoning The Air We Breathe

A plume of thick grey smoke hangs over the Kendal power station, situated 40 km west of Witbank in Mpumalanga. (And about 110 km east of Johannesburg.) A report by Greenpeace released in October found that the Mpumalanga province has the highest levels of air pollution in the world, topping nitrogen dioxide levels across six continents. Greenpeace says the biggest sources of air pollution in the province are coal mines, transport and Eskom’s coal-fired power stations. Kendal is one of them. Thousands of tons of ash is being…

Your Palm Oil Consumption Is Killing Orangutans

This weekend a heartrending video that showed how palm oil growers wreak destruction on a baby orangutan’s rainforest habitat went viral on social media. The video - a repackage of a Greenpeace short film - was to be used by Icelandic supermarket Iceland Foods as it’s Christmas advert but was banned for being ‘too political’.  You won’t see our Christmas advert on TV this year, because it was banned. But we want to share Rang-tan’s story with you… 🎄 🐒 Will you help us share the story?https://t.co/P8H61t6lWu — Iceland…

Sisonke Msimang Gives Winnie Madikizela-Mandela The Complexity She Deserves

When Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away on 2 April this year we, as South Africans, didn’t quite know what to do with her legacy. Opinion was polarised. There were those who wanted Mama Winnie to atone for the dark events that she had a hand in in the 80s. Others had loved and admired up until that point where they believed she had lost her way. Then there was the youth who were determined to uphold her as a hero of the apartheid struggle who never sold out. It is from the juncture that writer and social…

How Iran Discriminates Against The Baha’i Minority

On 2 November international civil society alliance Civicus hosted an event that showcased the persecution faced by the Baha’i people by the Islamic theocracy in Iran. The event hosted IranWire citizen journalist Saleem Vaillancourt, Wits University law professor Salim Nakhjavani and director of the office of public affairs of the Baha’i community in South Africa, Peter Mputle. It featured a showing of the IranWire documentary The Cost Of Discrimination which parallels the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran with apartheid in…