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No Record Of 30 Suicide Attempts At Rhodes, University Says

Rhodes University and its Student Representative Council (SRC) have refuted claims floating around on social media that 30 of its students have attempted suicide since the death of Khensani Maseko. Third year law student Khensani Maseko died of suicide on August 3 at her home in Johannesburg. Maseko was allegedly raped by her then-boyfriend in May and battled depression. She was laid to rest on Thursday. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/rhodes-university-students-mourn-the-death-of-khensani-maseko-shaazia-ebrahim/ Since then,…

“It’s A Rare Sight To See A Woman Playing The Bass”

Regomoditswe Thothela (34) describes herself as quiet and reserved, but when the Bloemfontein-born musician plays the double bass it’s difficult not to notice her. The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra. And it’s quite rare to see a woman, a black woman at that, playing it. We spoke to Thothela about her musical journey. My journey with music started when I was 11 back in Bloemfontein, that’s where I grew up. It started at FS Musicon, which is a school of…

Total Shutdown Organisers: We Will Not Be Intimidated Or Distracted

The Total Shutdown organisers welcome that the statement issued by the office of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), announcing that a docket opened against them was invalidated by senior police management. The Gauteng conveners were on Tuesday charged with violating the permit, intimidating the president and violence at the Union Buildings. These charges were subsequently dropped and considered unfounded later that day. The Total Shutdown views this as an intimidation tactic but will not…

Musician Kabelo Motlhomi On How He Fell In Love With The Violin

Playing the violin takes time, hard work and of course, money. Violinist Kabelo Motlhomi (31) can attest to this. But it’s a beautiful instrument that is rewarding to play and delightful to listen to. As a freelance musician in Johannesburg, Motlhomi plays for different orchestras, his own musical groups and is a violin teacher as well. Hailing from Diepkloof, Soweto this is his story. I started on the violin at the age of 10. It was a hot summer day and my friends and I were kicking some ball. My friends were late for…

Rhodes University Students Mourn The Death Of Khensani Maseko

Students at Rhodes University are mourning the death of third year law student, Khensani Maseko. Maseko was allegedly raped by her then-boyfriend in May and died of apparent suicide at her home in Johannesburg on Friday afternoon. “The news of her passing has been received with great shock and sadness by the entire student body,” the student representative council (SRC) said in a statement. The university suspended academic activities for the day after it’s SRC announced on Sunday evening that it will protest in honour of…

#TotalShutdown: “We Are Dying At The Hands Of Men, It Has To Stop”

In a sea of black and red, thousands of womxn* from all over Gauteng gathered in Pretoria on Wednesday morning to take a stand against gender-based violence. The Total Shutdown - as the action was called - took place across the country and was organised by a group of feminists and gender activists. In Pretoria, womxn marched to the Union Buildings where a memorandum of demands was handed over to government. The Daily Vox spoke to some of the marchers.…

UCT Fallists Respond to VC Phakeng

“We asked if Mr Mayosi has a history of depression and they said he didn’t until 2016. That day he was called a coconut. That day he was called a sellout. He just couldn’t deal with. It affected him. That’s not to say that that’s the only thing that pushed him over the edge. But that’s one of the things that contributed.” These were the words of University of Cape Town (UCT) vice chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng about the suicide of health dean and world-class cardiology researcher Professor Bongani Mayosi on Friday.…

The Erdoğan-Gülen Proxy Conflict In South African Schools

“Books are the strongest instruments to fight against cultural corruption,” said the Turkish First Lady Emine Erdoğan. She was speaking at the inauguration of a Tika-erected library at the Houghton Muslim Academy (HMA) on July 27. The library is one of many other Turkish-government backed development aid projects that have cropped up across the country in the past years. Her husband, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was also in South Africa for the annual Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit. The First…

#QueerPopUpHealingSessions: A Space For Queer Healing

A place among nature for queer people to be safe, happy and focus on healing. This is what the the Queer Pop Up Healing Sessions wants to create. In an interview with The Daily Vox, one of its founders, Lindiwe Dhlamini said spaces for queers to just be are few and far between. Queers either gather for protests, at Pride which continues to have race and class issues or at events with lots of alcohol. The Daily Vox spoke with Dhlamini about the sessions. What are the Queer Healing Pop Up Sessions? The idea is for queers to…

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire Gives A Nuanced View Into The State’s Response To The Enemy Within

The current political climate is such that anti-immigration and Islamophobic right-wing policies are fast gaining traction. From this climate emerges Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, a gripping book that tells of a British family entwined with Isis. In her book, Shamsie puts the current socio-political landscape in human bodies. Home Fire brings alive the story of three orphaned siblings: careful Isma and her younger twin siblings, the enigmatic Aneeka and lost Parvaiz. It is Parvaiz who leaves London to work for the media arm of…

AIDS Is Killing African Adolescents, New UN Report Shows

Did you know AIDs is the primary cause of death for adolescents in Africa? Four years ago, adolescents (aged 10-19 years) were left behind in the global HIV response. Programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa typically targeted infants, young children or adults. But this has changed with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launch of the All In, in Eastern and Southern Africa: Catalysing the HIV response for adolescents report.  The report was launched at the…

This YouTube Series Is The Modern Day ‘I Write What I Like’

If you’re looking for fresh YouTube content, you might want to check out #UnPolicedExpressions. Follow Nyiko Shikwambane and Naledi Chirwa as they navigate leaving the university space and entering the work space as women who are dating, coupling, cohabiting and coupling in South Africa. We spoke to Shikwambane about the channel and it’s first episode which addresses dating while being a feminist. “The concept behind ‘#UnPolicedExpressions’ is the modern day ‘I write what I like’,” Shikwambane said in an interview with The…

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele Explores Imperfection And Forgiveness In Her Latest Book

A funeral is an important symbolic ritual. It brings together friends and family in a celebration of life, a grief of loss and an expression of beliefs, thoughts and feelings about losing a loved one. Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s latest book The Ones With Purpose comes together around the ceremony of a funeral. Jele introduces readers to the Mabuza family from the fictional township of New Hope. The story is told through the eyes of Anele whose sister Fikile was ravaged by cancer. Fikile’s death is one of many blows that have hit…

Janna Jihad: We Are The Generation That Can Free Palestine

“I wish you can know a little bit about our suffering as children living under occupation,” 12-year-old journalist and 2 Suns Shamsaan ambassador Janna Jihad said. “We are not victims,” she said of the Palestinian people. “While we’re victims in many ways, mostly we’re freedom fighters. We’re people who just want to live in freedom and peace and equality,” Jihad was speaking at a discussion hosted by the Institute for Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) in Auckland Park on Thursday morning. Jihad is well-known for reporting the…

#100MenMarch: Not Nearly Enough

Large crowds of men scare me. I just don’t feel safe around men - particularly unfamiliar men. It’s in large crowds of men that womxn* get heckled, groped and assaulted or worse. And it is in a large crowd of men that I found myself for the 100 Man March on Tuesday morning in Pretoria. I just arrived at Church Square in Pretoria where the #100MenMarch is set to start from. @thedailyvox pic.twitter.com/vmNeiRnqyB — shaazia ebrahim (@shaazzeea) July 10, 2018 Hundreds of men from various sectors in South African society showed…

From Reading Crisis To Reading Culture

The importance of reading cannot be overstated. Words and stories are woven into the fabric of the progress of a society. In South Africa, however, a reading crisis is unfolding. Before it worsens further, we need to ask how we as a society can promote a culture of reading. In the Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study, which tested reading comprehension of learners in their fourth year of primary schooling, it says 78% of South African pupils could not read for meaning. Nic Spaull, a senior researcher in…

The Mbegu Platform: Helping The Youth Find Solutions To Problems In Their Communities

South Africa is failing its youth - particularly its poor youth. Despite the ability of young people to creatively pose solutions to the problems faced by their communities, there are no avenues for them to channel their ideas. Enter the Mbegu Platform: a platform that aims to give the youth digital tools to solve pressing societal problems. We spoke to one on the founders, Shaeera Kalla. What is the Mbegu Platform? The Mbegu Platform is a platform that revolutionises the way in which digital tools are used to solve social…

EFF And Traditional Leaders Unite Over The Land Question

The Economic Freedom Fighters and Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) have joined forces in the heated debate around land expropriation without compensation in South Africa. At a joint presser in Braamfontein on Thursday, both organisations committed to work together and host a land summit in the next few months. The presser came after what Contralesa called a “historic meeting” with the EFF leadership earlier on Thursday. Contralesa said it agrees with the EFF that Section 25 of the Constitution must be…

Here’s How You Can Choose Your Career Wisely

Find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life, they say. It sounds like the simple answer to all life’s problems. But making a decision about which career to choose can be both daunting and overwhelming. We spoke to counselling psychologist and founder of The Career Guidance Company Zakiyya Essa to gain some valuable insight into how to make an informed career choice. What’s the difference between a job and a career? It’s important to distinguish between a job and a career. A job is typically a shorter-term…

Twitter Is Losing It Over Drake’s New Album Scorpion

Hold on to your wigs, Drake just dropped his double album Scorpion and Twitter is about to break. The 25-track album has all the pre-released certified bops like God’s Plan, Nice for What and I’m Upset. It features all of our favs including Nicki Minaj, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Static Major and Jay Z. Perhaps the biggest shocker is that the album features an unreleased track from the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. Scorpion was only released in the early hours of Friday and has been trending on Twitter since Thursday. The…