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Here’s What You Need To Know About The Brics Summit

The 10th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit is due to take place this year in Johannesburg from July 25-27th, with many programmes around the country leading up to the main event. South Africa is holding the Summit this year as the chairmanship of the group rotates every year amongst the five members countries. The last time South Africa held the chairmanship was in 2013 with the Summit taking place in Durban. Luanda Mpungose, programme officer for the African Governance and Democracy Programme told…

100 Mandela Moments: A Review

July 18, 2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela. The first democratically elected president of the Republic of South Africa would have turned 100 years on that day. To honour Mandela’s life, Kate Sidley has compiled a collection titled 100 Mandela Moments. The Daily Vox team takes a look at the book. A Summary 100 Mandela Moments is a book that was written in celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela. It is divided into eight different parts which all attempt to tell the story of the man who is equally loved and…

Palestinian Journalist Janna Jihad On Being A Child Under Occupation

Twelve-year-old Janna Jihad has been labelled the world’s youngest journalist. She comes from the West Bank in Palestine where she uses her voice to speak up about living under Israeli occupation. She is currently touring the country with 2 Suns Shamsaan, a South African arts movement. The Daily Vox sat down with Jihad to talk about the documentary and her journalism. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/janna-jihad-11-year-old-journalist-wants-south-africans-to-help-palestine-fatima-moosa/ On Saturday, Jihad will be screening the…

Bo-Kaap Interdicted For Protesting For Their Community

The Bo-Kaap community was interdicted by one of the developers who are seeking to gentrify the community. On July 4, the Blok Urban Living company filed an interdict against various Bo-Kaap community associations as well as the City of Cape Town. The interdict was regarding alleged trespassing by Bo-Kaap residents over a development in the area. The Daily Vox team rounds up. On Friday, the Western Cape High Court granted the development company the interdict against “all other persons trespassing, unlawfully conducting…

#WorldCupGirls Is Changing Perceptions Of Female Football Fans

The camera pans on the crowd of football fans but lo and behold if it is a woman it picks out, then it is only one type it finds. Yes, the beautifully made up, scantily-clad one. Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Mandl, a German photographer, and activist is trying to change that image. For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he started a project titled “World Cup Girls”. He wanted to create a new perception around the female football fan and sexism in the game. The Daily Vox team spoke to Mandl about his work. #WorldCupGirls, this project…

4 Takeaways From The EFF/Contralesa Presser

The Economic Freedom Fighters revealed that they have agreed with Contralesa (The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa) that traditional leaders are important in the land question. On Thursday, the party held two press conferences at their headquarters. The first was a joint one with Contralesa regards their discussions while the second was the EFF statement. The Daily Vox team rounds up four of the most important takeaways from the conference.…

Journos Under Surveillance Threat, R2K Report Reveals

On Wednesday, civil society Right 2 Know (R2K) launched a report titled SPOOKED: Surveillance of Journalists in SA. The report looks at the growing surveillance trend in South Africa with regards to the general public and journalists in particular. It found that there is a threat of state as well as private-sector spying. This report marks the latest in a series of investigations around surveillance. The Daily Vox rounds up important takeaways from the report. RICA- Challenge by amaBhungane The Regulation of Interception of…

SAFA Says No Truth To Banyana Bonus Report

Banyana Banyana and the South African Football Association are reportedly in a dispute over the payment of bonuses to the women’s team. However, SAFA denies these reports. The Daily Vox team rounds up. On Friday, June 29, Power FM released a report in which they said several players from Banyana Banyana were complaining that they had don’t been paid their bonuses after the team’s recent wins and qualifications. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/womens-sport-triumphed-this-weekend-fatima-moosa/ Banyana Banyana recently beat…

The Gender Pay Gap Is Just Not Going Away

The Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong, is a professional surfing competition which is currently taking place in KwaZulu Natal form June 25 till July 1. It features some of the best surfers from around the world and South Africa. On June 24, the Billabong Juniors Series was held with Indonesian Rio Waida taking the Under 18s Men Title and South African Zoe Steyn winning the Under 18s Women Title. The picture of the two winners was put on social media and people soon noticed that something very odd: Waida had won R8000 while…

Zimbabwean Civil Society Remain Cautious Over Upcoming Elections

On June 28, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition held a press briefing at Cosatu House in Johannesburg. The briefing was on the upcoming Zimbabwean elections. The coalition is a group of civil society leaders who briefed on the road to the historic elections. The Daily Vox team was there. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/a-guide-to-the-2018-zimbabwe-elections-fatima-moosa/ Representatives from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Southern Africa, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZFS) briefed media on the…

Here’s How Plastic Is Destroying Our Ocean

On June 5th, World Environment Day was celebrated. It marks the day on which the United Nations (UN) uses to encourage awareness and action around the protection of the environment. The theme of this year’s event was “beating plastic pollution.” The alarming levels of plastic are present in the environment and the ocean especially is a huge cause for concern. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres used the day to call on all people to stop using single-use plastic items. The Daily Vox team takes a closer look at the…

‘The Hate U Give’ Trailer Has Dropped!

On June 25, the movie trailer for The Hate U Give or T.H.U.G book by Angie Thomas dropped at the BET Awards. The movie adaptation will be coming on October 19 in the US. The date when it will be revealed in South Africa is not yet confirmed. The Daily Vox team rounds up what you need to know about the book and movie. I'm a black girl from Mississippi who sometimes didn't have lights. Sometimes my family was on welfare. I'm straight from the hood, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The trailer just dropped for a movie based on a…

This Is What The ConCourt Ruling On Party Funding Means

On Thursday, the chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down judgment on political party funding and the constitutionality of sections of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). The Daily Vox team spoke to Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) about what exactly this ruling means. The Daily Vox: The finding of the Constitutional Court was that the Promotion of Access to Information Act was unconstitutional insofar as it didn't provide a mechanism for the public to scrutinise…

Stop Telling Black People How To React To Racism

On Tuesday, Supersport released a report on the now-infamous Ashwin Willemse walkout and racism accusations at the television studios. In May, Willemse walked off the set of the station accusing Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of patronising him. The independent review found that the conduct of Mallett and Botha “does not manifest naked racism”. However, the major focus seems to have shifted to why Willemse did not take part in the review.  The review was conducted by advocate Vincent Maleka with the assistance of Wits…

European Governments Play Politics With Refugee Lives

On June 10, Matteo Salvini, Italy's new far-right interior minister, said he would not allow the MV Aquarius to dock on the Italian coast. The MV Aquarius is a rescue ship that has been operating in the Mediterranean Sea run by humanitarian organisations, SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The ship has managed to save more than 30 000 people in 170 search and rescue operations. However, the ship has now been banned from docking in Italy. After more than 36 hours of being stranded in the sea between Italy and…

Algerian Football Started As An Anti-Colonial Movement

Traditionally football or sports, in general, has been thought of as apolitical. It is a space where teams and fans gather to watch their favourite sports being played without it being political. And yet, historically, we have seen that the sports arena is one of the most politicised spaces that exist. The ongoing 2018 World Cup has shown us that many of the existing rivalries between teams stem from politics.  Algeria is one national football team (not represented at the World Cup) whose entire existence is a politically…

National Shutdown Planned Against Gender-Based Violence

An organisation of feminist and gender activists is calling for a Total Shutdown and Intersectional Women’s March Against Gender-based Violence on August 1. It is calling on all women, gender non-conforming people and the LGBTQIA+ community to stay away from work and join the protests around the country. A memorandum of demands will be presented to the government. The Daily Vox team spoke to Loyiso V Saliso, founder of Khanyisa Ikamva Projects about the planned shutdown. How did you come up with the initiative with regards…

WADADA News, For Children, By Children

Aldana Dulhahde and Jan Willem are two of the many fantastic presenters who will be appearing at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival which runs from June 16 to 18. The festival is about celebrating children in media as well as Nelson Mandela as 2018 marks the Mandela Centenary. Dulhade and Willem do great work through their organisation, WADADA News for Kids. The Daily Vox spoke to them about children in media. WADADA News for Kids is news that is especially made for children and with children as the main characters…

The Daily Reality Of The Rohingya In Bangladesh

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is a humanitarian medical organisation that has been working with the Rohingya refugees since 2009. It has been providing much needed medical care to the people who have been affected by the violence that was enacted against them. The Daily Vox spoke to Ann Cilliers, an MSF nurse who is going to be returning to Bangladesh to continue work with the refugees. Cilliers joined the organisation in 2013 as an intensive care nurse. “When I go back to Bangladesh my role will be that of a medical…

What To Expect At The 2018 Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival

Moments Entertainment are the company who are responsible for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival (NMCFF) which will be taking place over the weekend of 16 to 18 June. This festival is a celebration of children and broadcasting in honour of the centenary of Nelson Mandela. Firdoze Bulbulia and Faith Isiakpere from Moments Entertainment have been working in the space since 1994 helping develop children and broadcasting. The Daily Vox rounds up the work they do and what the festival is all about. Bulbulia and Isiakpere…