Mob justice has paralysed the Giyani CBD

The situation in Giyani, a town in the north-east of Limpopo, remains tense as mobs of people continued to organise against businesses owned by South African Indians and foreign nationals in the CBD on Friday. More than 200 people are said to have been displaced by violent attacks against Indians and foreigners in the town this week, which also saw a mosque being burnt down. The attacks are in apparent reprisal for an attack on three Zimbabweans on Tuesday, which left one man dead, while a second man died in hospital on…

Activists say the SABC’s new editorial policy is shutting them out

On Monday morning, civil society NGO Right to Know (R2K)‚ together with allied organisations, staged a protest outside the SABC's Johannesburg offices, where they handed a memorandum to spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago. The protest was in response to the new SABC editorial policy that it will not broadcast property being destroyed during service delivery protests. The Daily Vox spoke to a few of the protestors about their concerns. Simphiwe Zwane, 38, PR councillor and member of Operation Khanyisa Movement, Thembelihle “It's…

This black, bold, queer activist wants us to invest in people with disabilities

One of the first disabled Africans to be accepted into Oxford University, EDWARD NDOPU plans to use the opportunity to close the access gaps and challenges faced by people with disabilities. He told The Daily Vox about his plans for Oxford and the crowdfunding campaign set up to get him there. I am a 25-year-old black, bold, queer activist and I am currently the head of the Youth Program for Africa at Amnesty International. I have just been named one of the world's 30 Top Thinkers Under 30. I have spoken at the world…

Five SRC campaigns raising funds for the missing middle

One of the biggest issues to come out of last year’s #FeesMustFall protests is how many university students are excluded from studying because they are considered too rich for NSFAS and too poor to pay for their tuition on their own. So Student Representative Councils (SRCs) at a few campuses have stepped in to raise funds for this “missing middle”. 1.Wits University In January this year the Wits SRC launched the #Access campaign. Fasiha Hassan, the secretary general of the SRC said that the campaign has encountered a lot of…

Uzalo’s Ntokozo Dlamini loves his family, just like his character Mastermind

Uzalo is one of South Africa's hottest television dramas at the moment. The Daily Vox caught up with NTOKOZO DLAMINI, who plays Mastermind Maphumulo on the show. He spoke about his love for family, his career and being a businessman. I am from a small town just outside of Durban called Pietermaritzburg. I grew up there and I later on went to varsity in Durban. I moved to Johannesburg to pursue the arts. I came to Joburg in 2012 and stayed here for two and a half years. I got the role on Uzalo and I had to move back to KZN.…

Workers’ rights back in the spotlight at UCT and Wits

Workers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Wits University have been protesting against ill-treatment and the way certain workers have been excluded from insourcing measures. On Monday, students and workers protested against the exploitation of Jacobs Partitioning workers at UCT. Tim Wolff-Piggott, a member of the Disrupting Whiteness movement at UCT said workers’ constitutional rights were being violated. “The boss refuses to recognise the union chosen by the workers,” he said, adding that the workers haven’t…

Would the SABC even exist without Desmond Dube?

We have all felt the pain of bunking school or work and being left with nothing but those Desmond Dube Clientele Life ads for company.  Desmond Dube is quite the funny man, but most people would know him for his rather sombre daily presence on SA TV screens. Desmond Dube can either tell you that someday you'll die or face a lawsuit but in both cases it's a good idea to give him money. — Thabang Wa Segafi (@kayn_li) May 12, 2016 Despite his constant reminders of our mortality, Dube is actually an award-winning South African…

The Yearning that makes you question your dreams

Mohale Mashigo’s book, The Yearning, is one that takes the reader on a journey into the life of a young woman who has an endless yearning. The novel provides various possibilities for this yearning, and is set in the dusty streets of Soweto and Pietersburg, and the breathtaking city of Cape Town. SIMONE MATIKA reviews the novel. When picking up the book, the title, and snippet from the writer’s mentor, Zakes Mda on the cover, caught my eye. The quote: “A bewitching addition to the current South African literary boom Mohale…