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Ubumbano Wants To Empower Communities To Tell Their Own Stories

Your smartphone is a powerful tool. It is a basis of a terrible inequality, and one of the reasons that the Democratic Republic of Congo - and various countries in Africa - suffer disruptions. But it can also be used as a tool for change. ACT Ubumbano wants to empower communities to use their smartphones to tell their stories and empower themselves. ACT Ubumbano is an organising tool and enables users to post stories about their communities on it. It was designed to help highlight community struggles and allow communities to…

The Support For Mcebo Dlamini’s Youth League Candidacy Is Gendered

Former Fees Must Fall (FMF) activist and student leader Mcebo Dlamini will contest for the position of African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) presidency this weekend. While students support his contestation, political analyst Dr Sithembile Mbete says the support of Dlamini is gendered. Decked out in ANC regalia, Dlamini confirmed his candidacy in an interview with eNCA on October 14. He said he had been approached by various ANC structures to contest for the position and will defer his dreams of becoming an advocate…

FMF Leaders Question The Ethics Of Fasiha Hassan Accepting International Peace Award

Former student leader and current member of African National Congress (ANC) communication team Fasiha Hassan has been awarded the Student Peace Prize (SPP) for her work in the Fees Must Fall (FMF) movement. Norwegian students awarded Hassan the SPP on Tuesday for her “nonviolent efforts towards gaining equal access to higher education and her leading role in the movement #FeesMustFall in South Africa.” 

SA’s Obesity Rates Are Among The Highest In Africa. Here’s Why.

Almost 70% of South African women are either overweight or obese, the highest rates for women in Africa. Among South African men, 31% are overweight or obese. Obesity is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. This is according to the 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS) and is based on the body mass index (BMI) score. BMI is calculated as a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of their height (in…

Lancet Commission Report Shows Young People Suffer The Most With Mental Health

Mental illness is rising in every country in the world - especially among young people - and will cost the global economy $16 trillion (around R235 trillion) by 2030. There has been a collective failure to respond to the global health crisis which is causing long-lasting and preventable harm to people, communities and economies. This is according to a new Lancet Commission report on mental health, which was launched in London by the UK Department of Health on October 10, World Mental Health Day. The 46-page report outlines a…

Here’s Why You’re Paying So Much For Petrol

These days, it seems like every conversation is peppered with complaints about the rising petrol price. And legitimately so. October has been a particularly awful month for the petrol prices. At the beginning of the month, both grades of petrol, 93 and 95 (unleaded petrol and lead-replacement petrol), increased by 99 cents and 100 cents a litre (c/l) respectively. This means Gauteng residents pay R17.08 c/l for 95 unleaded petrol and those at the coast pay R16.49 c/l. It’s a lot. But why is petrol so expensive? We break it…

Here’s How Bros Can Hold Bros Accountable For Their Sexism

It’s easy to say ‘Not all men’: not all men have directly committed acts of sexual violence. But one of the problems with patriarchy and sexism is that men don’t call other men out on their trashy behaviour. Patriarchy is fed behind closed doors, in conversations that take place in bars, over the hum of sports matches and bouts of PlayStation - when men say misogynistic things and behave in ways that go unaccounted for. Here’s how men can start calling each other out and aid in fighting the patriarchy.…

Liyana The Film Shows The Healing Power Of Storytelling

In a collision of the real and the imaginary, five Swazi children tell the story of Liyana: their very own fictional character as she journeys to rescue her young twin brothers. Guided by legendary South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, the children weave together their own dark experiences and their brightest hopes in the film that is part animation, part documentary. Art director/animator, Nigerian-born Shofela Coker animates the fictional hero. Liyana is creative, innovative and demonstrates both the strength of the…

In Conversation With Comedian Mthunzi Ramphele

Don’t be fooled: being a comedian is nowhere near as effortless as it looks. Making people laugh is a craft that gets honed for years. Just ask Mthunzi Ramphele, an up-and-coming comedian and screenwriter, who is rising up the ranks of South Africa’s stand-up comedy circuit. Ramphele has performed at Parkers Comedy Club, Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, and even at music and lifestyle festival Rocking The Daisies. We sat down with him to speak all things comedy and how he got here. I started writing for comedy as early as when I was…

10 Vegan YouTube Channels That Prove That Veganism Is Easier Than It Looks

Eating vegan can be tasty AF. It can also be easy, affordable and fun. Just ask these vegan vloggers who take you into their kitchens and show you exactly what they eat in a day. They will put a plant-based twist on all of your favourite foods and introduce to foods you can only dream of. And they know what they’re talking about. With thousands of followers on YouTube and other social media, most have cookbooks and even their own restaurants. Here are 10 vegan vloggers to whet your appetite. hot for food Lauren Toyota is…

#MyBodyMyChoice: The Right To Safe Abortion Is Protected By Law

Cries of “my body, my choice”, “my vagina my choice” and “phansi unsafe abortions” rang in the air in the name of the campaign #MyBodyMyChoice. A group of people marched from Theatre Park in Braamfontein to Newtown Park in the name of access to quality reproductive healthcare services on Friday. There, an event featuring speeches from experts in the field, panel discussions, personal stories of women, and a musical performance was staged. Friday September 28 also marked International Safe Abortion Day. #MyBodyMyChoice: I'm…

Coloured Mentality Wants To Help You To Initiate Change In Cape Town

If you’re a person of colour with innovative ideas on how to solve structural inequalities in the city of Cape Town, this one's for you. Coloured Mentality - the webseries that explores coloured identity in South Africa - has started a new campaign to make a change in Cape Town. The couple - Sarah Summers and Kelly Eve Koopman - is offering to invest R 10 000, their platforms and film-making skills to a project/collective in Cape Town with creative solutions. NEW CAMPAIGN: HAVE AN IDEA TO MAKE CHANGE IN CAPE TOWN. WE…

The Chevening Scholarship: All You Need To Know To Apply

The Chevening Scholarship is one of the best opportunities for South Africans to study abroad in the United Kingdom (UK). The scholarship is awarded to those who have ambition, leadership potential, a strong academic background, and an excellent record of rising to prominent positions in their countries across a range of fields. Sounds like you? Keep reading. We spoke to the Chevening Officer of the British High Commission Loice Alusala about the scholarship application details. What is the Chevening scholarship and when was…

Why Young South African Women Are So Vulnerable To HIV

South African girls and adolescent women are more susceptible to contracting HIV than their male counterparts. This is, in part, due to their biology but also because of the various social ills that they face. The Daily Vox takes a gendered look at the HIV epidemic in South Africa. The problem in statistics Aids is the leading cause for adolescent death on the African continent. This is according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recent report All In,…

How To Talk To Young People About Sex And HIV

“It’s impossible for us to say, don’t get infected by HIV but we don’t talk about sex,” says youth HIV activist Saidy Brown. There is a deep reluctance to speak about sex with adolescents, especially young women, even as HIV prevalence in young women aged 15-24 is almost four times greater than men of that age. As a young woman living with HIV, Brown works as a youth advocate at South African Youth Positive (Y+ SA) and also has a YouTube channel which she created as a safe space for people living with HIV. She also recently…

TUT Remains Shut As Investigation Into Foul Elections Continues

Students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Soshanguve north campus have been advised to vacate their residences, while academic activities have been suspended until further notice. TUT has been a site of violence protest over the past couple of weeks as students demand justice for the slain third year law student Katlego Monareng. Meanwhile, student political parties are urging the university to resume with learning activities. Police shot Monareng after Student Representative Council (SRC) elections went awry at…

Political Parties Weigh In On The Fees Must Fall Amnesty Debate

Political parties debated the call for blanket amnesty for #FeesMustFall (FMF) activists at a National Assembly plenary sitting. In spite of the announcement of a new free higher education policy in December 2017, many activists have been charged with public violence and destruction of property in the protest action during the 2015 and 2016 protests. Activists have been appealing for a presidential pardon for the offences committed, but a number of political parties view the appeal as illegitimate.…

11 Empowering Messages From ‘What A Time To Be Alone’

What A Time To Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough is a delightful guide to self love and acceptance sprinkled with Igbo proverbs and beautiful design and illustration. Written by Nigerian-British blogger and writer Chidera Eggerue, the book isn’t designed to “fix” anybody. “I want people to use the book as a mirror that they can hold up in front of themselves and be able to address their own behaviours,” Eggerue said in an interview with The Daily Vox. The book is packed with important lessons,…

Understanding Human Trafficking in South Africa

Of late, social media has been awash with pictures, videos and warnings about human trafficking. But it isn’t a new problem in South Africa. Human trafficking in South Africa has been alive and well‚ lurking from plain sight but festering as the demand for cheap labour and sexual services keeps growing. The Daily Vox explains. What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It involves recruiting, holding or transporting people into exploitation by using violence, deception or coercion. There are various…

The Slumflower Speaks About Self Love And Her Book ‘What A Time To Be Alone’

You might know Chidera Eggerue as The Slumflower, the British-Nigerian blogger who fuses fashion and politics on her award-winning blog. Maybe you know her as the woman who inadvertently started a social movement around body positivity when she typed #SaggyBoobsMatter on an Instagram caption. Eggerue also just released a book called What A Time To Be Alone which is a colourful guide to self love and acceptance peppered with Igbo proverbs and beautiful design and illustration. We chatted to Eggerue about the book and what…