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A POC Supper At UCT’s Decolonial School Is Causing White Tears

An objection to a People Of Colour (POC)-only space at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Winter Decolonial School is shifting the attention from the objection of the school to white fragility, organisers of the school said. From 24 to 30 June, UCT will host a Decolonial Winter School on topics relating to decolonial theory and practice. Hosted by activists, scholars and community organisations, it seeks to reimagine the teaching environment outside the traditional classroom and lecture theatre. “It’s a historical moment,”…

It’s 2018 And Football Is Still A Chauvinist’s Safe Space

There is a pervasive notion that football belongs to men. The sport has historically been dominated by male players, male commentators and male supporters. But even as more women watch, play and work in football, male chauvinism and misogyny continues to rear its ugly head. It’s 2018 folks and it’s no longer justifiable to bar women from football. Despite footballing authorities championing equality initiatives or the high-profile female footballers, there is a deep-seated unwillingness from men to allow women to participate…

Shashi Naidoo On Her Way To Palestine After Meeting BDS SA

We still don’t understand why human rights and Palestinian solidarity organisation Boycott Divestment Sanctions South Africa (BDS SA) held a presser for Shashi Naidoo. The South African TV personality and model was publically lambasted after a recent pro-Israel social media post where she called Gaza a “shithole”. She said she will be taking a trip to Gaza to "educate her on issues in the area". While her attempts to learn and unlearn are commendable, we have to ask why BDS SA is giving the ‘process’ a public platform. BDS…

World Cup Brings Recognition of San And Khoi Languages To The Fore

Football is bringing awareness to the existence and plight of Khoi and San communities in South Africa. At the beginning of the month, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago announced that the SABC will for the first time allow for Khoi and San communities to have the world cup matches broadcast in the! Xun and Khwe dialect on X-K FM.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on 14 June and will end on 15 July. The Daily Vox spoke to the producer of the station and members of Khoi and San communities to get a feel for what it…

Game Of Thrones 3D Generalist On Animation

Animation is a dynamic and exciting field, but it’s a highly-skilled profession that makes it difficult to get into. Three-dimensional generalist Thomas Kutschera who is part of the team at Pixomondo who design the special effects and dragons for Game of Thrones, spoke to us about working on the show and how the young and underprivileged can get into animation. In the nineties, Kutschera studied design in Germany with his main focus on 3D. It was a long time ago and was restricted by software and hardware, he said, but this…

The Daily Vox Explains Eid In South Africa

As Muslims bid the month of fasting farewell, they look forward to Eid-ul-Fitr - the celebration after Ramadan. The Daily Vox resident Muslims SHAAZIA EBRAHIM and FATIMA MOOSA chat about what Eid is and how it is celebrated in South Africa. http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/curious-about-ramadan-weve-got-you-covered-shaazia-ebrahim-fatima-moosa/ What is Eid-ul-Fitr? Shaazia: After this solemn month of reflection and spirituality, God gave us the gift of Eid. Fatima: Eid-ul-Fitr is basically a celebration for Muslims after the…

NWU Muslim Students Will Write Exams On Eid

Not all South African Muslims will be celebrating the culmination of the fasting month Ramadan on Friday with the religious holiday of Eid al Fitr. Muslim students at the North West University (NWU) are scheduled to write exams on Eid day. Final year chemical engineering student and former chairperson of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) Hasan Varachia is one of the students whose exams are scheduled to be written on Eid day. Varachia will be writing biotechnology at 09:00 on Eid morning. “I tried to be silent, I tried…

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele On Fixing South Africa’s Weak Reading Culture

“The writing happened much later in life but the reading has always been part of who I am,” South African writer Nozizwe Cynthia Jele said in an interview with The Daily Vox.  “I’ve always been a reader, I’ve always loved reading. I guess I’ve always been one of those children who were just curious about books and I read everything that I could get my hands on,” she said. “When I got older, from the books that I was reading, which were talking to my experiences at the time, I just felt like maybe let me try writing. I…

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele On Her New Book: Death Becomes A Part Of Growing Up

“My books are always an observation of where I am at that particular point in my life, what I’m experiencing personally or just my observations,” novelist Nozizwe Cynthia Jele said in an interview with The Daily Vox. Jele’s latest offering, The Ones With Purpose, tells of a woman whose sister dies from breast cancer leaving her to pick up the pieces of her family. It is a story of family, disappointment, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love. “With The Ones, I’ve realised that I’m experiencing certain things that come with age,”…

Bus Shelter Installations: A Moment Of Happiness In Joburg

If you’ve walked through Johannesburg, you might have noticed bus shelters that are unexpected bursts of colour against the otherwise grey backdrop of the city streets. Cape Town-based artist/designer duo Faatimah Mohamed-Luke and Al Luke of the creative studio Mrs & Mr Luke transformed eight bus shelter in Rosebank, Melville, Braamfontein, and Greenside. The duo were approached by Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town as part of Halls SA’s project to collaborate with local artists to create a series of public artworks in…

The Women Of Waqf Are Claiming Their Right To Pray In The Mosque

What began as a means for women to form a spiritual community and pray their salaah in congregation during the holy month of Ramadan has exposed a deeply rooted patriarchy and toxic masculinity in the Johannesburg Muslim community. A group of local women were, on Friday and again on Monday, rebuked for praying at Masjid Siratul-Jannah also known as the Gold Mosque in Ormonde, Johannesburg. Jumuah at Masjid Siratul Jannah in #Ormonde #johannesburg. Topic:Raising The Bar. pic.twitter.com/Su8VUDEEAK — Mufti Yusuf Moosagie…

Film Festival Veteran Soheir Abdel Kader On Pan-African Filmmaking

Soheir Abdel Kader is an Egyptian film festival expert. Among her many career accomplishments and designations, she is the founder and president of both the Awladna International Forum for Arts of the Gifted and the Afro-Chinese Arts and Folklore Festival. Abdel Kader is also the chairperson of the African Film Consortium. She will be in South Africa for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival, which begins on 16 June in Johannesburg. The Daily Vox caught up Abdel Kader to find out more about her work. Organising a film…

9 Changes You Can Make To Be More Environmentally-Conscious

The way you live has a profound impact on the environment. It affects the weather, the quality of air you breathe, the survival of plant and animal species, the amount of food there is to eat, and the economy to name a few. June 5 marks World Environment Day, the United Nation's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Here are some small behavioural changes you can adopt to make a big change to reduce your carbon footprint. Give up single-use plastic straws…

On Graduate Unemployment: “We Were Promised That Education Would Free Us Of Poverty”

Thousands of recent graduates in South Africa are stuck in the rut of unemployment despite the thousands they pumped into their educations. They are stuck on the periphery: too qualified for lower skilled labour; not enough work experience for a job in the field they are qualified for. Bloemfontein resident Kenny Mahlaba (28) is one such unemployed graduate. On 1 June he tweeted a post titled ‘The reality of being an unemployed graduate’ which garnered over 700 retweets. The Daily Vox spoke with Mahlaba about his situation.…

Why Fans Have A Responsibility To Be Critical Consumers

Fan culture and fandoms are an important part of growing up in the 21st century. The Daily Vox speaks to our own ARMY member Fatima Moosa and Beyhive member Mihlali Ntsabo about being a stan and the importance of critical consumption. ARMY is the name given to the supporters of the K-pop group Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) while Beyhive refers to the supporters of American performer Beyonce. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/eleven-reasons-stan-k-pop-sensation-bts/ “Fan culture, in my understanding, is showing support for a public…

In Conversation With SA’s Youngest Doctor, Sandile Kubheka

It’s always fascinating to see young people doing remarkable things. Dr Sandile Kubheka graduated medicine at the age of 20, becoming the youngest doctor to practise medicine in South Africa. The gifted Kubheka began his formal schooling at the tender age of five, began studying medicine at 15, and now practices medicine at Grey’s hospital in Pietermaritzburg. The Daily Vox sat down with the University of KwaZulu-Natal graduate on the sidelines of the Serious Social Investing Conference to chat about how he got to where he…

On The Symbolism Of Being The First Black SA Woman To Hold PhD in Philosophy

Meet Dr Mpho Tshivhase, the first black South African woman to be awarded a PhD in philosophy. As a young, black woman in a field that is generally dominated by white men, this is a feat to be celebrated. She graduated from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Thursday, 12 April. Her research focuses on advancing a theory of what it means for people to be unique. The Daily Vox chatted to Tshivhase about philosophy and breaking barriers. How does it feel to hold the title of the first South African black woman to hold a PhD…

Menstrual Cups: Mina Offers Environmental Solution

Did you know it takes 500 years for a menstrual pad to biodegrade? Besides that, the cost and inaccessibility of menstrual health products means that children around the world have to miss school when they are menstruating. The Mina Foundation offers an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective solution to this conundrum with its menstruation cups. For Menstrual Hygiene Day, we spoke to the Mina facilitators about menstrual hygiene, the environment and changemaking. What is the importance of Menstrual Hygiene Day? The…

Dear Gareth Cliff, Here’s What’s Actually Going On In Palestine

A voice note of radio personality Gareth Cliff endorsing the State of Israel on his Wednesday morning Cliff Central show went viral on social media. His show, said to provide “uncensored, real conversation that is meant to be provocative” seemed to be peppered with untruths and misinformation. Usually, we don’t suffer fools gladly but for the sake of Gareth Cliff, and those who agree with him, let’s clear up some falsehood shall we? https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/30-things-need-know-palestine-israel-conflict/ In the clip,…

#JusticeForNoura: CSVR Condemns Death Sentence For Abuse Victim

“We reject the verdict given to Noura Hussein for the reason that in our view Noura should not be treated as a criminal but as a survivor,” the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation’s (CSVR) gender specialist Nonhlanhla Sibanda-Moyo said in an interview with The Daily Vox. CSVR has joined the international community in the condemnation of the verdict given to Sudanese teenager Noura Hussein who is to be hanged for killing her husband who raped her. It also rejects forced marriage and violence against women and…