Who We Are



The Daily Vox aims to put the citizen at the centre of news. Our young reporters seek to find, curate and amplify the voices of young South Africans caught between the drudgery of old politics and new protectorates. Whereas the young are often at the periphery of traditional media, they are our priority.

Not the officials and the experts but the people – be it in the city centre, the urban peripheries or the rural heartlands.

The project is independently funded (read: we’re open to donations), and has no affiliation to political parties or candidates (read: we’re not open to brown envelopes).

If you have story idea, send us a message via the contact page. If you want to get in touch with our journalists, tweet ’em.


Khadija PatelKhadija Patel, acting managing editor
Khadija pushes words on street corners. Formally a senior reporter at the Daily Maverick, she is now a writing fellow at the University of Witwatersrand’s Institute for Social and Economic Research. (Wiser).

Benazir bio picBenazir Cassim, sub-editor
Benazir is a qualified attorney, but she will not get you out of jail if you get arrested. She’s too busy policing grammar and spelling as The Daily Vox’s sub-editor.

Fatima Moosa bio picFatima Moosa, intern (social media and Top of the Vox)
Fatima is a third year Politics and International Relations major at Wits University. She wants to work in international news and is especially passionate about women’s rights issues. Her favorite pastime is reading, regardless of the subject matter.

Aaisha Dadi Patel, Johannesburg reporter 
Aaisha is doing her masters in media studies at Wits University. A pop-culture junkie, she is also passionate about human rights. While addicted to social media, she’s never without a book to read.

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Mbali Zwane, Johannesburg reporter
Mbali is a news junkie and a journalist for The Daily Vox with a passion for human rights.

Goolam Sayneds, social media producerSayneds bio pic

Goolam Sayneds is The Daily Vox’s social media hero. He’s currently a nomadic student sifting through life. His interests include comedy as an art of social commentary, politics, the media, his culture, your culture, your great-grandfather’s culture and the way in which we all form part of the same narrative historically… or not.

LizekaLizeka Maduna, Durban contributor

Lizeka is a third-year journalism student at the Durban University of Technology. She is a multimedia journalist who is passionate about the environment. Lizeka is a fiction and data junkie who believes in justice for all.

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Qiniso Mbili, Durban contributor
Qiniso Mbili is a journalism student at the Durban University of Technology. He writes on socioeconomic issues and believes these can be solved through journalism.

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Stuart Lewis, Johannesburg reporter
Stuart is a journalist, filmmaker and researcher particularly interested in race, class and gender struggles. He spends far too much of his time stuffing around on the internet and is always looking for new ways to tell stories to a digital audience.


Dana da Silva, intern
Dana is an intern at the Daily Vox. Her interests include politics, gender and all things geek. When she’s not interning she enjoys roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, cosplay and live action roleplaying (larping).

Tendai Marima profileTendai Marima, Zimbabwe contributor
Tendai is a freelance journalist and academic researcher based in Southern Africa. A graduate in comparative literature, she is currently completing a postdoctoral research project on African women’s writing. Interested in all things Africa, as a journalist her articles have been published by Al Jazeera English, Think Africa Press and the business weekly, Zimbabwe Independent.

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Rifat Mohidin, South Asia contributor
Rifat is a journalist based in Srinagar, Kashmir.


azadAzad Essa, executive editor
Azad is a journalist at Al Jazeera covering Sub Saharan Africa.

185619_10150095039371296_2586198_nAasia Fredericks, social media consultant
Aasia Fredericks is a girl who grew up in Eldo’s (South of Joburg) and didn’t know she was coloured, black and disadvantaged. She didn’t go to university and so has to hustle to make ends meet. Aasia is large and in charge, and doesn’t have enough money to be considered ishkothane. But she can twerk. Digital Ops manager by day, pseudo amateur comedian by night.

We’ve also partnered with Nanda Soobben at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design, based in Durban, and the journalism department at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). We’ve also received tremendous support from Faatima Tayob, Safiyyah Patel, Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, Naeem Mayet, Simon Williamson, Will Mutua, Hasan Patel, Mohsin Ali, Soud Hyder and Alia Chughtai, who are advisors to the editorial and design team.

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