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Food For Thought: How To Feed Your Soul This Ramadan

Ramadan is about more than fasting. It’s about prayer and reading the Qur’an, gaining closeness to God, reflection, charity, and goodwill. Ramadan is the perfect time to cultivate better habits. Here’s a list of things that can help you become a better, more well-rounded person this month. Make time to reflect on God, faith, and the Qur’an When you’re not careful, it’s easy to be caught up in the ritual of religion without reflecting on what it means and why you’re doing it. This Ramadan make some time to read an English…

Sip Conscious Straws, An Environmentally Conscious Alternative To Plastic Straws

“What’s the point of having a straw - usually a plastic straw?” asked Aaliyah Kathrada, co-founder of Sip Conscious Straws in an interview with The Daily Vox. “The point is, we’re lazy and as the human race so we need a device that transports liquid from here to there without us moving.” “We understand that people want straws but we want an alternative to single-use plastic straws that have really detrimental effects on the environment particularly marine life,” Kathrada said. Sip Conscious Straws is a social enterprise…

Muslim Students At UCT: The University Is Intolerant About Exams During Ramadan And Eid

UPDATE: In a statement, UCT noted and appreciated an apology made by the lecturer who responded to Soeker’s query about breaking fast during exams. UCT said the lecturer’s response was “distasteful” and “inappropriate”. The UCT lecturer expressed an unreserved apology. “I see now that my response was appallingly ill-considered and hurtful, and has caused offense to the student in question, as well as to the broader UCT community and beyond. I am deeply ashamed at the lapse in judgement present in my communication, and the…

Professor Adekeye Adebajo: “The ANC’s Liberation Was Based On Solidarity With African Countries”

On the 100th year since Nelson Mandela’s birth, The Daily Vox is interrogating his pan-Africanist legacy. The Daily Vox spoke to the Director for the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation Professor Adekeye Adebajo about the pan-Africanist movement and Mandela’s pan-Africanism. How has the pan-Africanism of the last century evolved? The origin of pan-Africanism was the 19th century with figures like Edward Blyden, who called for the unity of Africa. Pan-Africanism at its core is about the political, economic,…

‘Because We’ve Read’: How Hoda Katebi’s Viral Interview Sparked A Global Reading Movement

When a controversial local TV interview went viral — with 10 million views and counting — Iranian-American political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi received a ton of attention, both good and bad. Katebi used it to start a virtual book club #BecauseWeveRead, which kicked off in April. Who is Hoda Katebi? In Febraury, Katebi went on air on the local Chicago network WGN-TV to discuss her new book Tehran Streetstyle, her fashion website JooJoo Azad and her design collective for immigrants in Chicago. The interview dipped into…

The Faculty Of Best Advisory Helps Rural And Township Students Flourish Academically

“We didn’t start with anything, we just started with an idea that we need to impact lives and change the material conditions of young people,” said chairperson of the Faculty of Best Advisory (FBA) Mafule Moswane about his organisation. Moswane and his colleagues established FBA in December 2012 and it began operating in January 2013. What started with five volunteers then grew to an organisation with over 400 volunteers in 2017 and today has a national footprint with particular presence in Limpopo, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga.…

Patricia de Lille: “I’m Still Mayor Of Cape Town”

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) member and former mayor of the City of Cape Town Patricia de Lille will serve papers to the party at the Western Cape High Court on Friday to clarify her position as mayor among other things. This comes after the DA announced on Tuesday that it had rescinded De Lille’s party membership by activating a cessation clause in the within the constitution of the party. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/patricia-de-lille-my-transformation-plan-is-when-things-started-going-wrong-fatima-moosa/ Clause…

Women’s Organisations In South Africa Need Better Funding

Funding is perhaps the single biggest challenge facing women’s shelters and anti-gender-based violence organisations in the country. The small amount of money government allocates to these organisations is not adequately costed for the services organisations prefer, and donor trends favour prevention and not care services. This, coupled with the VAT increase, a minimum wage bill means our women’s organisations face imminent closure or being forced to drastically reduce services. This is despite the scourge of violence that…

Wearing Or Not Wearing Makeup Should Be A Woman’s Prerogative

“You look so different without makeup”, “I prefer women who don’t wear makeup”, “You look so tired without makeup”, “You’re a feminist, but you wear makeup?” As a woman who chooses to wear makeup, I’m so sick of people commenting about what I choose to wear or not to wear on my face. In 2018, women should be able to choose whether or not we wear makeup without running side commentary. Some feminists (from first wave to third wave) have long opposed the norms of appearance that are imposed on women to conform to certain…

8 Organisations Fighting Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence is a scourge facing South African women. A 2016 Stats SA and South African Medical Research Council survey shows that one in five women experienced violence at the hands of a partner. There are numerous cases that go unreported. Here are eight organisations fighting the fight against gender-based violence and aiding women (and their children) who have survived abuse. Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) The SBCWC in Manenberg, Cape Town caters to women and children who are survivors…

Johannesburg South Residents Embark On Roll-On Community Action

Residents of areas in the south of Johannesburg including Eldorado Park, Freedom Park, Slovo Park, Lehae, and Soweto have embarked on a wide-scale service delivery protest to amplify the struggles of the poor and the workers. The protest began in parts of Soweto, Lenasia, Freedom Park, and Eldorado Park in the early parts of the morning on Wednesday, 2 May when Johannesburg South residents barricaded roads with burning tyres and rubble in an attempt to completely shut down the area. Protesting residents and metro police were…

Young People Are Disillusioned By Mandela’s Pan-Africanism

Most young people do not believe former South African president Nelson Mandela was a Pan-Africanist. On the contrary, the youth are quite disillusioned about the global struggle icon. This sentiment emerged from a panel debate that The Daily Vox, in collaboration with Moments Entertainment, held on 27 April at the Apartheid Museum about Mandela and pan-Africanism. It was held in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Mandela. Young South Africans from different backgrounds held a robust conversation about how…

Max Du Preez: On Fighting Against Apartheid As Media

From the late 70s to the early 90s, South Africa saw some truly turbulent times. Journalist and social commentator Max Du Preez was at the forefront of exposing the apartheid government’s evil schemes from the death squads to the scientifically-formulated potions designed to kill activists. Du Preez ran these exposes in an independent Afrikaans newspaper called Vrye Weekblad. The Daily Vox chatted to Max Du Preez about his career as a reporter - and about everything in between from Vrye Weekblad and Stratcom to his…

Mixed Reviews From Students As UCT Names Building After Chris Hani

In honour of the legacy of liberation hero Chris Hani, the University of Cape Town (UCT) formally renamed its science lecture theatre the Chris Hani Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 24 April. Chris Hani was a fierce opponent of the apartheid state. He was the leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and chief of staff of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress. 10 April marked the 25th anniversary of Hani’s assassination. Chris Hani delivered the final lecture of his life at the New Science…

Why Land Occupations Play A Key Role In Land Reform

South Africa’s stagnant land reform process has led to the frustration and delayed dispossession of many. With the conversation of landlessness comes that of occupation, and city dwellers have been occupying land for a long time in the hope of prompting government to grant them their promised housing and land. Land occupations have taken place all over the country for years like the Marikana settlement in Philippi, Cato Manor in Durban, and Doornfontein in the Johannesburg inner city. The Daily Vox explores land occupation…

Haji Mohamed Dawjee Writes What She Likes In Sorry Not Sorry

The title of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko’s compilation of writings called I Write What I Like has become a slogan of sorts. It is influential in conversations about racism, post-colonialism, and black nationalism. But more than that, it’s a rebellious statement underpinned by the idea of choice. It’s about writing what you like, plain and simple. South Africans of colour don’t really write what we like, Haji Mohamed Dawjee says in her book Sorry Not Sorry: Experience of a brown woman in a white South Africa. Not…

5 Misconceptions About The Land Cleared

The land question is a complex topic wrapped up in a number of challenges. On Thursday 19 April, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape along with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation presented some of the challenges facing South Africa about the topic at a crash course for journalists about land. Here are five misconceptions that we learned about. Land restitution and redistribution mean the same thing Land redistribution…

The VAT Increase Is An Attack On Poor Black Women

The Soul City Institute for Social Justice and community advocacy organisation Amandla.mobi are “deeply concerned” with the recommendations of the Davis Tax Committee final report released at the end of March this year. The report opposes the increase of zero-rated items and instead recommends other mechanisms be considered like increases to social grants or the school nutrition programme. Soul City and Amandla.mobi said in a statement that the current list of VAT-exempted items, the school nutrition programme, and the…

Where SA’s Top Political Parties Stand On Land

The conversation in South Africa is centred around land after the historic moment in parliament in March 2018 when the National Assembly passed a motion to review section 25 of the Constitution which deals with property and land expropriation. Section 25 says that property may only be expropriated for "a public purpose or in the public interest" and is "subject to compensation" – the amount of which, and the time and manner of payment, must either have been agreed on by those affected or decided by a court. The amendment…

Nelson Mandela and Women

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is etched into history as an icon and is lauded all over the world for his work in the struggle against apartheid. But Mandela is as fallible as any of us. Heroism and representation are political and the people we choose to commemorate and celebrate must be closely examined with a lense that is gender-sensitive, especially in an era where feminism is claiming its space. We must be relentless in our exposure of patriarchy and in our attempt to understand those who we name as icons beyond the…