Minority Front: SA Must Have Separate Ministries For Minorities

“The day Indian minorities say they don’t need the Minority Front (MF) to protect their rights and that they’re comfortable in the new democracy then you know that we’ve done our job,” MF leader Shameen Thakur Rajbansi said. As long as people continue to vote for the MF, it means the party is relevant, and people are still evolving and maturing in the democracy, Rajbansi said in an interview with The Daily Vox. The party fights for equal opportunities for minorities in the country. The late Amichand Rajbansi started…

On Superfoods As Culinary Colonialism

A Capetonian woman has accused Woolworths of plagiarising her idea for superfood drinks and selling its own version at the Woolworths cafes.  This discussion about superfoods, theft, and plagiarism is an interesting one, especially when it borders on cultural food colonialism. Owner of local beverage brand Superlatte Michelle Legge wrote a blog post about how she had created three flavours – turmeric, beetroot, and matcha latte powder blend – which she presented at the Good Food and Wine Festival in June 2017. That same…

Understanding Load Shedding

We thought we left load shedding in 2014/2015 but surprise…  On Monday the country was hit by Stage 4 load shedding, leading even President Cyril Ramaphosa to say he was ‘shocked, worried, and disturbed’.  Here’s what you need to know about load shedding (which doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon). What is load shedding? Load shedding is a fancy euphemism that Eskom created which basically means power cuts. But according to Eskom, load shedding is “a controlled option to respond to unplanned events to…

Hlaudi Motsoeneng: ‘We Want To Create A Nation Of Thinkers’

Leader of the African Content Movement (ACM) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says his party will bring some much needed “fresh air” onto the political scene. ACM, launched in December 2018, will be contesting all spheres of governance, starting with the national election on May 8. Motsoeneng is a colourful, controversial character. He’s been headlining since he was fired as South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO in 2017. The public protector’s report found that Motsoeneng had lied about having his matric certificate, and did…

Lammie The Elephant Should Be Freed

Lonely Lammie the elephant lives all by herself at the Johannesburg Zoo. Her partner of 17 years, Krinkel, passed away of unconfirmed causes last year. Since then, there have been calls by environmentalists to release the elephant into a wild reserve. But these calls have fallen on deaf ears. Lammie was born in captivity and is now 39 years old. Her parents, Jumbo and Dolly, were captured from the wild in the 70s. They died in captivity within a year of each other. Her brother, also born at the zoo, died after he was sold…

Malema, And Rape As A Metaphor

It is disturbing enough to hear someone use rape as a metaphor in casual conversation. It’s even worse when the leader of a political party uses rape as a metaphor in the presence of thousands of supporters at a gathering that is being broadcasted to millions. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) held its election manifesto launch on February 1 in Soshanguve, Tshwane. At the launch, EFF leader Julius Malema addressed the crowd presenting the party’s manifesto outlining its vision for the future. The delivery was, as…

It’s Necessary To Watch Surviving R. Kelly

It should be impossible that R. Kelly survived the myriad allegations of abuse leveled against him. But he did. Twenty-five years later, his survivors are speaking up about him in Surviving R. Kelly, the six-part docuseries detailing the allegations against him. The series first premiered on Lifetime in the United States generating over 18 million views and an explosive response. The documentary will be broadcasted in South Africa on 6 February too, and it's a must-watch. Surviving R. Kelly is everything you expect it to…

EFF Manifesto: 50% Of Land To Women & Youth

“The theme of this election is our land and jobs now. We cannot postpone the land question. We cannot postpone the jobs question. It must happen now,” Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said. Malema was speaking at the EFF manifesto launch in Soshanguve, Tshwane on February 2. Creating jobs “We are going to build factories where the people are,” Malema said. He said the party wants to reopen the factories that were open during apartheid to employ the people of the country. Aside from the factories,…

Al Jama-ah Party: We’ll Tackle Inequality With Islam And Ubuntu

Known in South Africa as the Islamic party, the Al Jama-ah Political Party is contesting in national elections for the second time this year. Established in 2007 by its party leader Ganief Hendricks, Al Jama-ah’s purpose is for Muslims to “play a sincere and positive role, contributing to the transformation of post-apartheid South Africa, for the benefit of all South Africans.”  The biggest obstacle to transforming post-apartheid South Africa is inequality. The ruling party’s key failure is it’s inability to close the gap…

2019 National Elections: Everything You Need To Know

South Africans will go to the polls on 8 May 2019 to elect a new parliament.  Here’s everything you need to know about  participating in the elections. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/elections-to-watch-out-for-in-2019-shaazia-ebrahim What are the national elections? Elections in South Africa happen every five years. There are two types of elections: national and provincial elections, and local government elections. We will be voting in the sixth national elections since 1994. This basically means we get to elect a new…

7 Elections To Watch Out For in 2019

South Africa is not the only country going to the polls in 2019. This year will be an important year for the African continent which will see more than 20 countries voting in either presidential, parliamentary or local elections. The European Union (EU) will also hold a parliamentary election this year, which will be interesting considering recent developments with Brexit and the rise of populism. Here are some of the countries who are preparing for elections this year. Nigerian General Election, February Out of its 190…

‘A Place For Us’, A Stunning Tale Of Faith And Family

Treading between tradition and the secular and the clash between the self and family, this book tells a stunning tale of faith and family. In A Place For Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza explores what happens when a couple whose faith is etched into their identity transports themselves into a strange world where they now raise a family. The result is a story that is so achingly moving and empathetic to the varied characters. It is remarkable that this is 27-year-old Mirza’s first book. Released on 12 June 2018, A Place For Us…

The Dagga Party: How Cannabis Can Unlock The Economy To The People

Unlocking the legislation criminalising cannabis in South Africa can completely transform the economy, according to The Dagga Party of South Africa also known as Iqela Lentsango. The Daily Vox chats to party leader Jeremy Acton about where it stands on the future of South Africa. Founded in 2009,  this will be the first time the party will compete in the national election which is set to take place in May. With a national supporters base that extends to a number of demographics, Acton counts the Rastafarians, the Zulus,…

Zimbabwe: How A Fuel Price Hike Sparked A National Shutdown

For the past three days Zimbabweans have filled the streets of Harare and Bulawayo in protest of a sharp fuel increase, which is the last straw for the country which faces an economic crisis. Enraged Zimbabweans blockaded roads, burnt tires, set cars alight, and looted shops in protest and the state has retaliated with heavy-handed security - which has left eight dead and many injured - and has shut down the internet. How did the protests begin? Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (who's on a five-nation tour in…

Most Universities Are Not Accepting Walk-Ins

It’s that time of the year again when students pick up their books and go back to university. With it comes the hassle of registration, and all of the questions about whether walk-in registrations are accepted and how much the registration fees are. A few South African universities do accept walk-ins for registration but most do not and every university has an upfront fee that is payable before registration. Student bodies are not feeling it.…

Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2019

New books are undoubtedly the most exciting part about the new year. Naturally, our 2019 #TBR list is extremely long but for the purposes of this article we narrowed it down to the top 10. From Young Adult (YA) fiction to African authors, Indian politics and contemporary feminist theory, here are the books we cannot wait to get our hands on. An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, January 8 (Published by Little, Brown and Company) In a contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey, this book is narrated by the chi…

For Single Brown Girls At Indian Weddings

Weddings are every unmarried brown girls worst nightmare. There is something very annoying to brown aunties about a single, carefree brown girl. There is an insistence to get us hitched and miserable so we can chime in about spring cleaning and how our husbands always seem to bite into that one elachi pod in the biryani or whatever it is old aunties and married women supposedly bond over. On the other hand, weddings are every brown parent’s matchmaking dream. Like most traditional (heteronormative) South African Indian…

‘The Last Words Of Rowan Du Preez’ Explores Truth And Justice

It was 2012 in the Cape Flats in Mfuleni. Demanding better police services in Khayelitsha, community activists Angy Peter and Isaac Mbadu were raising their young family. However, the tables turned when the Khayelitsha Commission started its hearings and Peter found herself on trial for necklacing young neighbourhood rabble-rouser Rowan du Preez. The State alleged that, on his dying breath, du Preez confessed that Peter and Mbadu set the tyre alight around his neck. But what is the truth? Was Peter a framed by the police for…

Marievale: Home Of Community Leader Bombed

After midnight on Wednesday, a petrol bomb was thrown onto the roof of Marievale community leader and former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) sergeant Chris Koitsioe’s home while his wife Gladys was asleep and alone. Koitsoe, who was in Polokwane with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) at the time, has consistently opposed SANDF’s eviction and mistreatment of the community. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/marievale-residents-say-sandf-illegally-evicting-military-base-rumana-akoob/ “It was at 1am…

These Bones Will Rise Again Is An Intimate Telling Of Zimbabwean History

Much of history is told from the position of “Big Men” who oft gloss over or ignore the contributions made by women and the working class. This is not true of Panashe Chigumadzi’s new book These Bones Will Rise Again. In a beautiful essay that reads as part memoir, part analysis Chigumadzi centers her late grandmother Mbuya Chigumadzi and the spirit medium of Mbuya Nehanda in her understanding of Zimbabwean political history. In the book, Chigumadzi writes a diary of the post-independence rule in Zimbabwe till the 80's,…