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Modern day slavery in cocoa farming: The guilt behind eating chocolate

The truth about the chocolate industry might leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Chocolate is a billion-dollar industry but it is not necessarily a fair one; child labour and human trafficking are a well-known part of the chocolate-making process. The Daily Vox explains. Where does chocolate come from? Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which grow on trees in warmer, wet climates. Almost 70% of the world’s chocolate comes from West Africa. Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s number one chocolate producer, contributing to over 30%…

How to tell when someone is suicidal and how you can help them

The World Health Organisation estimates that a suicide take place every 40 seconds, and that records indicate that suicide may happen at a rate twenty times higher. Shows like 13 Reasons Why, and movies like To the Bone, (as problematic as some might find them) have brought suicide and mental health into the spotlight, but it’s difficult to tell how to help people who are suffering. It’s easy to feel helpless when you see someone suffering from suicidal thoughts, but you don’t have to be. We spoke to the South African…

Toya Delazy spills the tea on voicing the first black Powerpuff Girl

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Cartoon Network has a brand new Powerpuff Girl, who is black and voiced by none other than our very own Toya Delazy. The My City artist voices Bliss, the long lost sister of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. Bliss will feature in a five-part special, titled The Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four. We spoke to De Lazy about the role. How does it feel to be Cartoon Network’s first black Powerpuff Girl? It’s so much history, it’s making history. It’s incredible. It’s inspiring, kids are inspired by…

If Jacob Zuma ever wrote a book, Twitter knows what the title would be #ZumaBookTitle

After a week of heavy news, #ZumaBookTitle was trending on Friday. We did you a solid and rounded up some of the best tweets. Jacob Zuma hasn’t penned an autobiography yet but Twitter already has some ideas for his book’s title. It all began on Friday morning, when eNCA Morning News Anchor Uveka Rangappa asked if anyone would read a book written by Jacob Zuma about his life. Would you buy a book penned by President Jacob Zuma about his life? pic.twitter.com/ThEToaMHjQ — Uveka Rangappa (@UvekaR) September 15, 2017 Later Ryan…

5 South African parks you should check out this National Parks Week

Get ready to be a tourist in your own country. September 18-22 is South Africa National Parks Week because heritage. For this week, 19 of our beautiful nation's parks will offer free entry for day visitors. If you decide you want to live your best life and visit some parks, be sure to bring your ID along. Shaazia Ebrahim rounded up five amazing SA parks you might want to visit. 1. Addo Elephant Park Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape is located just 72km from the windy city of Port Elizabeth. It was first established in…

Here’s how you can become a real student millionaire

There are a million ways to use R14 million, some wiser than others. Just ask Twitter who came up with some creative suggestions on how to spend that cash after it emerged that Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani, who accidentally received R14.1 million on her student card, had blown R818 000 in 73 days. She threw parties, splurged on cakes and R1 400 bottles of whisky. She bought air tickets, designer clothing and a R3 000 16-inch Peruvian weave, and hooked her friends up with iPhone 7s. via GIPHY Her gogo…

Democracy and Delusion: old problems, new solutions

The Nkandla debacle, the Marikana massacre, Fees Must Fall, GuptaGate, Zuma Must Fall and daily service delivery protests - South African politics is a roller-coaster ride. Politicians spew the same tired rhetoric and the country descends into anger or apathy once more. Enter Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh’s project Democracy and Delusion to help make sense of it all. Mpofu-Walsh says the dual project, which features a book and a hip-hop album of the same name, is “an attempt to reshape the political conversation about South Africa which…

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh talks decolonisation, democracy and delusion

Activist, rapper and author Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh spoke to The Daily Vox about his newly released project Democracy and Delusion. The project is two-part: a book which is available nationwide and an album to be released on Wednesday. “Democracy and Delusion - the book and album - is an attempt to reshape the political conversation about South Africa which have been stale, which has been hogged by old and tired politicians,” he said. In his interview, Mpofu-Walsh says he wanted to do something new that’s never been done. He…

Drawing the line between corporal punishment and abuse in parenting

Last week, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride appeared in court for allegedly beating and throttling his daughter. McBride said he was merely “admonishing” her. He appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court last week Wednesday where he was released on R10 000 bail. His teenaged daughter obtained a protection order against him. We asked Joburgers about the line between abuse and corporal punishment. Riyaaz Alli, 33, data consultant, Rosebank It’s hard to decipher between discipline and…

Three ways you can check your privilege and build social change

Power dynamics in social movements are important - they can either enable or disable them. In an article titled Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change and other People Socialised in a Society Based on Domination, on the website Colours of Resistance, Chris Crass sets out guidelines for better group dynamics in social movements. The article is addressed to white men but is more widely intended to disrupt patterns of domination hindering social movements and their members. It is relevant for anyone who is…

Ten reasons South Africa doesn’t suck right now – August 2017 edition

2017 continues to do the most: storms are wreaking havoc across the world, poverty stays ruining South African lives and Marikana Day came and went with the same empty promises. On top of that, it was Women’s Month so we had to deal with a bunch of empty rhetoric while people (including whole ministers) continued to disrespect women. It wasn’t all bad though. Here are ten reasons South Africa didn’t suck in August. 1. This former gardener got himself a PhD! Riaan Cedras achieved his PhD in marine biology from the University…

Why Women’s Month in South Africa is a waste of time

Here’s a joke: Women’s Month. In South Africa, August is dedicated to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on August 9 1956 for political freedoms. It is also a tribute to the pioneers of women’s movements in this country. During this month, we’re supposed to show appreciation for women, recognise their achievements and acknowledge that they are equal to men in status, intellect, capability and worth. Instead, each year Women’s Month simply highlights how little South African institutions prioritise…

Black Twitter trolled the EFF with #EFFFacts and it’s excellent

Black Twitter went after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with #EFFFacts - exaggerating the role the party has played in South African and even global history. Things escalated after a dispute on who started #FeesMustFall. We’ve got the tea. National spokesperson of the EFF Student Command, Naledi Chirwa tweeted that fallism was initiated by the party when it called for the Louis Botha statue at the Union Buildings to fall in Parliament. We must also note that fallism/#MustFall was initiated by the EFF in parliament when…

Winter has come to South Africa and it’s beautiful!

Just when we thought winter was nearing its end, it’s snowing in many parts of South Africa. Temperatures dipped as a cold front swept across the country this week. We know that the whole country is not experiencing the snow so we took the time to scour social media for some of the best pictures. Hopefully it will make the cold more bearable. Enjoy! 1. Barkly Pass, Eastern Cape looks like a scene out of a movie Barkly Past in E Cape is still deep in snow according to our snow cameras. https://t.co/3zWObAjSIN…

‘I felt suffocated in myself’ – growing up dark in a South African Indian community

Nabeelah (22) sits in a hotel courtyard. With her bronzed skin, almond-shaped eyes and crop of curls, Nabeelah is beautiful. Her looks can be attributed to her mixed Indian and Zulu heritage. Nabeelah is confident too. She’s researching child marriages and female genital mutilation at an NGO aiming to foster Africa-wide solidarity and unity. From the outside, she seems to have everything together. You wouldn’t think that she had been victim to bullying and self-loathing because of the colour of her skin. She told The Daily…

It’s time to hold the state accountable for violence against women

With the exception of couple of men, about 50 women gathered at the Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa (HiDSA) in Parktown on Women's Day for the launch of a gender-based advocacy campaign. The campaign, called “Ending Impunity on Violence against Women" aims to focus on how the police and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) let perpetrators of violence against women get away with their crimes against women. Five legal organisations that focus on women's rights, HiDSA, the Initiative for Strategic…

Want to have your say in the vote of no confidence? Just #DialAnMP

Tuesday afternoon’s secret ballot looms, but many are doubtful that the ANC MPs will vote against Zuma. Parliament needs 50 ANC MPs to vote against him to force him to step down. Social media is using the #DialAnMP to hold ANC MPs accountable, urging them to vote with their conscience. Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete shocked South Africans on Monday when she announced that the vote of no confidence against Zuma will be held by secret ballot in Parliament on Tuesday. Previous votes in Parliament had been transparent and…

Modern day superwomen: students who are mothers too

Being a student is stressful enough with lectures, assignments, exams and generally finding yourself. But some women play the role of both student and mother, balancing family and household responsibilities too. In honour of Women’s Month, The Daily Vox spoke to student moms about their experiences and to advise others who find themselves in a similar position. Fatimah Santon, 23, 4th year education student, Grassy Park In the beginning, I lived on campus so it was difficult because I didn’t see my daughter during the week.…

Five ways to conserve SA’s marine life and boost our economy too

South Africa has a rich marine life and through informed eco-tourism, we could conserve it and foster economic growth. Marine and coastal researcher Dr Lorien Pichegru of the Nelson Mandela University’s Institute for Coastal and Marine Research says investing in marine ecotourism could create more than a million jobs and boost the country’s GDP by R177 million by 2033. Investment in marine eco-tourism will also lead to increased conservation efforts. Sustainable and responsible initiatives can educate the public about…

SA student catches the UN’s attention with ocean pollution poster

A South African student’s poster was selected as part of an international design project to raise global awareness about the dangers of extensive plastic pollution in our oceans.  University of Pretoria (UP) student, Sascha Saddul’s work was one of ten selected for the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference exhibition in New York. His was the only South African contribution. The poster project, curated by renowned communications designer and design educator Professor Helmut Langer, is an international design project in which…