Mohammed Tamimi’s Father: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Die’

Fadel Tamimi thrusts his smartphone into my face to show me a gory video of doctors removing a bullet from his 15-year-old son’s head. The rubber-coated metal bullet was lodged in Mohammed Tamimi’s skull after an Israeli soldier shot him in the face from close range in December 2017. The video is incredibly jarring. Despite my discomfort, I am unable to look away from the tiny screen. Around us, the Sandton MediClinic smells strongly of disinfectant. It’s midday on a Wednesday, and the clinic abuzz with activity: cleaners…

Why You’re Paying So Much For Books In South Africa

Walk into any bookstore and expect to pay anything from R150 to R1500 for book. But why are books so expensive, or are they not that expensive in comparison to other things? We asked publishers. Are books expensive in South Africa? “The first thing I would like to say is when one asks why books are so expensive is: in comparison to what?” publishing director of Jonathan Ball Publishers Jeremy Boraine said. “Many things are expensive,” he added. In comparison to the amount of money people spend on cell phones, or…

5 Ways The Twilight Film Could Have Lived Up To Our Expectations

Let’s start with a disclaimer: I was a real Twihard. If there was one book series that defined the angst of my teen years, it’s Twilight. I adored Stephenie Meyer’s books: about an awkward teenager falling in love with a vampire and being swept up in the romance and fantasy. (When I grew up I noticed the more problematic elements about the story, but I digress). The same cannot be said of the films, which were quite awful. On the 10th anniversary of the Twilight film, here are five ways it could have been more enjoyable.…

Raashida Khan Takes On ‘No-Go’ Areas In The SA Indian Muslim Community

South African Indian Muslims are a conservative bunch: there are some topics that are just not spoken about. So you can imagine the furore expected with Raashida Khan’s debut novel Mirror Cracked: which tackles themes of homosexuality, infidelity, and mental health. Mirror Cracked follows the lives of three Muslim people living in apartheid South Africa and how their lives are entangled. Khan - who also writes poetry, short stories - won the Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award for her debut novel. The Daily Vox caught up with…

The Dove Self-Esteem Project Has Launched In South Africa

Too fat, too skinny, too dark, too light, too short, too tall: everyone has insecurities about themselves that they carry from their childhood. The Dove Self-Esteem Project (DSEP) wants to change that by helping  young people, especially girls, develop a positive relationship with how they look. It has reached over 20 million young people globally, and launched in South Africa on October 19 in partnership with the Department of Basic Education. Through the DSEP, free and accredited educational tools and resources that…

Ubumbano Wants To Empower Communities To Tell Their Own Stories

Your smartphone is a powerful tool. It is a basis of a terrible inequality, and one of the reasons that the Democratic Republic of Congo - and various countries in Africa - suffer disruptions. But it can also be used as a tool for change. ACT Ubumbano wants to empower communities to use their smartphones to tell their stories and empower themselves. ACT Ubumbano is an organising tool and enables users to post stories about their communities on it. It was designed to help highlight community struggles and allow communities…

The Support For Mcebo Dlamini’s Youth League Candidacy Is Gendered

Former Fees Must Fall (FMF) activist and student leader Mcebo Dlamini will contest for the position of African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) presidency this weekend. While students support his contestation, political analyst Dr Sithembile Mbete says the support of Dlamini is gendered. Decked out in ANC regalia, Dlamini confirmed his candidacy in an interview with eNCA on October 14. He said he had been approached by various ANC structures to contest for the position and will defer his dreams of becoming an…

FMF Leaders Question The Ethics Of Fasiha Hassan Accepting International Peace Award

Former student leader and current member of African National Congress (ANC) communication team Fasiha Hassan has been awarded the Student Peace Prize (SPP) for her work in the Fees Must Fall (FMF) movement. Norwegian students awarded Hassan the SPP on Tuesday for her “nonviolent efforts towards gaining equal access to higher education and her leading role in the movement #FeesMustFall in South Africa.” 

SA’s Obesity Rates Are Among The Highest In Africa. Here’s Why.

Almost 70% of South African women are either overweight or obese, the highest rates for women in Africa. Among South African men, 31% are overweight or obese. Obesity is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. This is according to the 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS) and is based on the body mass index (BMI) score. BMI is calculated as a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of their height (in…

Lancet Commission Report Shows Young People Suffer The Most With Mental Health

Mental illness is rising in every country in the world - especially among young people - and will cost the global economy $16 trillion (around R235 trillion) by 2030. There has been a collective failure to respond to the global health crisis which is causing long-lasting and preventable harm to people, communities and economies. This is according to a new Lancet Commission report on mental health, which was launched in London by the UK Department of Health on October 10, World Mental Health Day. The 46-page report…

Here’s Why You’re Paying So Much For Petrol

These days, it seems like every conversation is peppered with complaints about the rising petrol price. And legitimately so. October has been a particularly awful month for the petrol prices. At the beginning of the month, both grades of petrol, 93 and 95 (unleaded petrol and lead-replacement petrol), increased by 99 cents and 100 cents a litre (c/l) respectively. This means Gauteng residents pay R17.08 c/l for 95 unleaded petrol and those at the coast pay R16.49 c/l. It’s a lot. But why is petrol so expensive? We break it…

Here’s How Bros Can Hold Bros Accountable For Their Sexism

It’s easy to say ‘Not all men’: not all men have directly committed acts of sexual violence. But one of the problems with patriarchy and sexism is that men don’t call other men out on their trashy behaviour. Patriarchy is fed behind closed doors, in conversations that take place in bars, over the hum of sports matches and bouts of PlayStation - when men say misogynistic things and behave in ways that go unaccounted for. Here’s how men can start calling each other out and aid in fighting the patriarchy.…

Liyana The Film Shows The Healing Power Of Storytelling

In a collision of the real and the imaginary, five Swazi children tell the story of Liyana: their very own fictional character as she journeys to rescue her young twin brothers. Guided by legendary South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, the children weave together their own dark experiences and their brightest hopes in the film that is part animation, part documentary. Art director/animator, Nigerian-born Shofela Coker animates the fictional hero. Liyana is creative, innovative and demonstrates both the strength of the…

In Conversation With Comedian Mthunzi Ramphele

Don’t be fooled: being a comedian is nowhere near as effortless as it looks. Making people laugh is a craft that gets honed for years. Just ask Mthunzi Ramphele, an up-and-coming comedian and screenwriter, who is rising up the ranks of South Africa’s stand-up comedy circuit. Ramphele has performed at Parkers Comedy Club, Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, and even at music and lifestyle festival Rocking The Daisies. We sat down with him to speak all things comedy and how he got here. I started writing for comedy as early as when I…

10 Vegan YouTube Channels That Prove That Veganism Is Easier Than It Looks

Eating vegan can be tasty AF. It can also be easy, affordable and fun. Just ask these vegan vloggers who take you into their kitchens and show you exactly what they eat in a day. They will put a plant-based twist on all of your favourite foods and introduce to foods you can only dream of. And they know what they’re talking about. With thousands of followers on YouTube and other social media, most have cookbooks and even their own restaurants. Here are 10 vegan vloggers to whet your appetite. hot for food Lauren Toyota…

#MyBodyMyChoice: The Right To Safe Abortion Is Protected By Law

Cries of “my body, my choice”, “my vagina my choice” and “phansi unsafe abortions” rang in the air in the name of the campaign #MyBodyMyChoice. A group of people marched from Theatre Park in Braamfontein to Newtown Park in the name of access to quality reproductive healthcare services on Friday. There, an event featuring speeches from experts in the field, panel discussions, personal stories of women, and a musical performance was staged. Friday September 28 also marked International Safe Abortion Day. #MyBodyMyChoice:…

Coloured Mentality Wants To Help You To Initiate Change In Cape Town

If you’re a person of colour with innovative ideas on how to solve structural inequalities in the city of Cape Town, this one's for you. Coloured Mentality - the webseries that explores coloured identity in South Africa - has started a new campaign to make a change in Cape Town. The couple - Sarah Summers and Kelly Eve Koopman - is offering to invest R 10 000, their platforms and film-making skills to a project/collective in Cape Town with creative solutions. NEW CAMPAIGN: HAVE AN IDEA TO MAKE CHANGE IN CAPE TOWN. WE…

The Chevening Scholarship: All You Need To Know To Apply

The Chevening Scholarship is one of the best opportunities for South Africans to study abroad in the United Kingdom (UK). The scholarship is awarded to those who have ambition, leadership potential, a strong academic background, and an excellent record of rising to prominent positions in their countries across a range of fields. Sounds like you? Keep reading. We spoke to the Chevening Officer of the British High Commission Loice Alusala about the scholarship application details. What is the Chevening scholarship and when…

Why Young South African Women Are So Vulnerable To HIV

South African girls and adolescent women are more susceptible to contracting HIV than their male counterparts. This is, in part, due to their biology but also because of the various social ills that they face. The Daily Vox takes a gendered look at the HIV epidemic in South Africa. The problem in statistics Aids is the leading cause for adolescent death on the African continent. This is according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recent report All…

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…