ATM: We Are Not A Zuma Party

More humane politics for the South African political scene says the African Transformation Movement (ATM).  The party will be contesting the 2019 National Elections in May. They aim to bring about much-needed transformation. The Daily Vox team spoke to the party leader Vuyo Zungula. What Is the Party About? They were started in 2018 by the South African Council of Messianic Churches in Christ (SACMCC). The party’s primary focus is “to transform society for a better tomorrow.” Zungula said the religious organisations felt…

Africans Want Political Choice, New Book Argues

Democracy Works is a book that attempts to show that the best way to economic development is through a democratic governance system. The book is co-written by Greg Mills, the Nigerian former military dictator, and president Olusegun Obasanjo, Jeffrey Herbst, and Tendai Biti. This book follows Making Africa Work written by all except Biti. FATIMA MOOSA chatted with Mills about democracy, development, and the upcoming South African elections.  Mills is the head of the Brenthurst Foundation. What is the book about This…

Chris van Wyk’s Life Comes To Life On Stage

The clanging of prison doors, a single spotlight and Zane Meas on the stage. Starring Meas, the Market Theatre’s production of The Storyteller of Riverlea is the story of acclaimed poet, writer, and storyteller Chris van Wyk. The one-man show is a much watch. FATIMA MOOSA watched the Sunday showing of the play. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/poet-and-writer-chris-van-wyk-remembered-fondly/ Van Wyk was a renowned author, poet, and political activist who passed away in 2014. His two most famous works are Shirley,…

Fees Protests Shut UniVen

Update: Student from Univen has told The Daily Vox, the strike at the university has been called off. Students have given the university until Monday, February 18 to fully respond to demands. If management does not respond to demands and pay students their allowances, the strike and academic programme suspension will continue.  The University of Venda (UniVen) is currently shut down over student protests. These protests come as students from other campuses around South Africa have also expressed various grievances.  The…

SONA: No Clarity On The Broken Free Education Policy, Yet

“We are concerned about developments on some campuses this week, especially reports of violence and intimidation,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA). Ramaphosa opened up the last SONA of the fifth parliament of democratic South Africa on February 7. He delivered his speech in the midst of ongoing student protests around the country. FATIMA MOOSA reports. 2019 speech Ramaphosa extended his condolences to the family of slain Durban University of Technology (DUT) student…

Numsa’s Workers Party: Cuba-Style Socialism In SA

The party of the people has arrived or so say the Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party (SRWP). The political arm of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) launched in 2018. They are ready to contest the 2019 National Elections. The Daily Vox team spoke to the party’s acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola. A 2013 special congress showed the union that they had no place within the tripartite alliance says Hlubi-Majola. The alliance, which consists of the African National Congress (ANC), Congress…

Malema: “Our Land And Jobs Now”

“The clarion call is clear: Our land and jobs now! Victory is certain” said Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said. This was in his foreword of the party’s manifesto launch. The EFF launched its 2019 Election Manifesto on February 2 at the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve. The manifesto - the party said -  based on consultations with ordinary citizens. During December 2018, EFF ground forces held consultations around the country. They spoke to young people, people with disabilities, the queer community, and…

Cameroon: Calls For UN Investigation Into Human Rights Abuses

Ongoing violence in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon continues.  A refugee crisis threatens. The United Nations (UN) refugee agency reported more than 32 000 Cameroonians crossed into Nigeria as refugees. The Daily Vox team takes a closer look. Cameroon Refugee Crisis The United Nations and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have reported that intensified violence has led displacement.  There has been a displacement of more than 437 500 people within Cameroon.  More people fled into Nigeria where they are staying…

Read Aloud To Kids This World Read Aloud Day

February 1 marks World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). This is an international day which encourages people to read aloud to young people. Nal’ibali is a organisation that gets South Africans involved in the day. Around the world for the past ten years, WRAD celebrations take place on February 1.  Since 2013 WRAD celebrations took place in South Africa. The day happens in 173 countries around the world. It challenges participants to find an audience and read aloud to them. Speaking to The Daily Vox, Petunia Thulo from Nal’ibali…

The ANC Gets Weird In Elections Videos

A video circulating on social media showing model Rethabile Lethoko campaigning for the African National Congress (ANC) has raised many questions. Social media users said the party was using women for campaigning. This video formed part of a video series the party has released for the 2019 National Elections. #ANCVideo The Governing party’s Head of Elections @MbalulaFikile just sent me this full video of the shortened one that they has received a lot of backlash here on Twitter. She speaks about the triple challenges…

Final #RegWeekend In Numbers

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) briefed media on January 29.  The commission spoke on the outcomes of the final registration weekend for the 2019 National Elections. The Daily Vox team rounds up. Around 2.5 million South Africans visited their voting stations to either register to vote or check their voter registration details said chairperson Glen Mashinini. The voter registration weekend took place between January 26-27. Combined with the March 2018 registration, 5.2 million South Africans came out to…

The Land Party: A ‘People’s Dictatorship’ For South Africa

From a grassroots activism in Hermanus to formal politicals, the Land Party is aiming for national government. Leader of the party Gcobani Ndzongana said they run the country with a communist ideology suited for a South African context. The Daily Vox team spoke to Ndzongana at the party’s launch in Johannesburg.  In 2018, community members from Zwelihle in the Western Cape held protests against the segregation and exclusion with property and jobs. They say this was taking place in Hermanus. Ndzongona and other of the…

The Green Party: Third Time Lucky?

The Green Party of South Africa has undergone a complete leadership change and is now back to contest the 2019 national Elections. Part of a global movement which has a sustainable future on their agenda, the party’s spokesperson Anisha Garib spoke to The Daily Vox about the party’s plans and policies. Starting off in 1999, the Green Party did not have much mainstream support when it first entered the political arena in South Africa Garib says. In 2018, the party underwent a complete change in leadership with a resulting…

What’s Behind South Africa’s Messy Foreign Policy?

South Africa has come under a great deal of criticism for its response to the situations unfolding in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In both situations, the international relations and cooperation department (Dirco) have called for calm and the respect of the rule of law, whilst maintaining diplomatic ties with the very governments responsible for the violence in the first place. The Daily Vox takes a further look at South Africa’s baffling foreign policy decisions - with a focus on Zimbabwe. Aditi…

Why You Shouldn’t Support Captive Lion Breeding

Captive lion breeding is a cruel but legal practice that still happens in South Africa. Lions are bred in private farms where they are used for exploitative purposes like canned hunting and the lion bone industries. Efforts by conservation companies to stop this practice have proven difficult in the face of the supposed financial benefit of the industry. The Daily Vox team takes a closer look. What is the canned lion industry? The canned lion industry consists of lion cubs who are born into captivity and taken away…

DRC: Unity Governments Have Failed In Africa Before

The fate of the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hangs in the balance. The disputed election results - released after long delays from the electoral commission - announced that Felix Tshisekedi as the winner. There are now plenty of eyes on the country to see what happens next. Tshisekedi’s party the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) was formed by the DRC’s long-time opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi - and his father. There are reports that Etienne was not happy with his son taking…

Stop Letting Capitalism Convince You To Overwork

Recently Buzzfeed News published an article about “Millennial Burnout” - the condition seeming to affect people born between the years 1980 and 2000. It describes a condition when seemingly easy tasks are considerably much difficult for millennials from standing in queues and filling in forms - amongst other things. Many people from the older generations do not understand this and seem to think millennials are such lazy.  Yet it is this very work ethic that has been drilled into millennials from parents and older people…

Everything You Need To Know About NSFAS 2019

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a funding loan system that been plagued by many problems. Delays in providing funds and not getting back to applicants about the application status were some of the problems. The 2017 introduction of free education by former President Jacob Zuma further burdened the already strained system. FATIMA MOOSA breaks everything you need to know about Nsfas in 2019. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/everything-you-need-to-know-about-nsfas-2019-fatima-moosa/ Calls for Nsfas to be…

Everything To Know About The DRC Elections

It’s been almost three weeks since the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) cast their votes in the presidential election on December 30. Closely observed by international and African observers, there have been delays with the release of the results. UPDATE: In the early hours of January 09, the electoral commission announced the results of the election - with opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi provisionally receiving 38% of the vote. In response to the results, runner-up in the polls Martin Fayulu denounced…

10 Movies Of 2019 To Look Forward To

While 2018 was the year for amazing movie releases (Remember Inxeba and Black Panther !)  2019 has some great releases coming out which is sure to see people flocking to the cinemas. Here are the ones we are most looking forward to. Avengers Endgame: The highly anticipated fourth Avengers movie will be releasing on April 26. Picking up from the cliffhanger of Avengers: Infinity War, the story is going to center around Thanos and the destruction the villain has wreaked on the world. Aladdin: Releasing on May 24,…