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The VAT Increase is an Assault On The Poor And Lower-Income Earners

South Africa is a highly unequal society and a unilateral increase on the least progressive tax component – Value Added Tax (VAT) – is harmful to poor and lower-income earners. Finance minister Malusi Gigaba tabled the 2018 budget on 21 February, announcing that VAT would increase from 14% to 15% on 1 April as a means to close the R48.2 billion gap in revenue. This is a highly controversial decision considering the high levels of poverty and inequality in South Africa. The Daily Vox had an interview with Gilad Isaacs, the…

The DA and the EFF On The “Gupta stooge” And His Budget Speech

It’s all eyes on the finance minister Malusi Gigaba and the budget speech he is expected to deliver on Wednesday afternoon. The minister is clouded in controversy for his connections to the infamous Gupta family, business friends of former president Jacob Zuma. South Africans are particularly concerned with how the budget speech will align to the optimism of the so-called new dawn that five-day-old President Cyril Ramaphosa is cultivating. While opposition parties have concerns about the contents of the budget speech and who…

Budget Speech: Will It Be Ramaphosa Or Zuma Flavoured?

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba will almost certainly deliver the 2018 budget speech on Wednesday afternoon. This, despite mounting rumours of a cabinet reshuffle where Gigaba - a close ally of the former president Jacob Zuma - is sure to be axed for his alleged connections with the controversial Gupta family. The question is whether Gigaba could make certain amendments to his speech to skew the narrative to favour the Cyril Ramaphosa presidency. The Daily Vox takes a look at what kind of budget speech we should expect. It…

These Good Samaritans Made It Possible For Folk To Watch Black Panther

All hail King T’Challa of Wakanda! The much anticipated Disney-Marvel film Black Panther premiered in cinemas worldwide on 16 February and is already breaking box office records. Black Panther raked in over $200 million over this past weekend in the US. Global ticket sales are predicted to total an estimated $387 million by Monday. But not everybody got to see it. Going to the cinema is expensive and not everyone can afford it. But everybody deserves to see Black Panther. Celebrities and good samaritans all over the world…

John Kani at the Black Panther SA Premiere: “We’ll dispel this myth about the dark continent of Africa. It ain’t dark no more”

Our timelines were brimming with pictures of folk in their traditional best, declaring their love for Black Panther and desires to move to Wakanda after watching Black Panther in cinemas this weekend. The Marvel film premiered in cinemas across the African continent - and the South African premiere at Montecasino was extra special. It featured four of the film’s cast members and blue carpet studded with South African celebrities dressed in their most fashionable traditional garb. The Daily Vox was there speaking to cast…

Didintle Khunou On The Color Purple Musical’s Empowering Message

The African-American experience is not too far removed from that of people of colour in South Africa, nor are the constraints of patriarchy that women continue to face, lead actress of the musical production of The Color Purple Didintle Khunou said in a Facebook live interview with The Daily Vox. The Broadway-staged musical The Color Purple features an all South African cast at the Joburg Theatre. Other members of the star cast include Aubrey Poo and Neo Motaung. The musical is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning…

Jacob Zuma, The President Who “Did Nothing Wrong”

We thought this day would never come - Jacob Zuma has finally taken the L and resigned as the president of South Africa. Zuma has survived nine years as the head of state, eight whole motions of no confidence the last one by secret ballot and a number of Zuma Must Fall protests.  Zuma announced his resignation to the nation late on Wednesday night at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Till his last day, Zuma never understood why people wanted him out. "No one has told me what I have done wrong. No one has been able to furnish…

Gupta Raid: The Saxonwold Shebeen Is Being Closed Down

Happy Valentines Day South Africa! South Africans woke up to news on Wednesday that the Hawks had raided the Gupta compound which houses infamous Gupta family, business friends of South African President Jacob Zuma. Folk on Twitter had all the questions. The Hawks confirmed on Wednesday morning that a raid was underway at the Saxonwold residence of the controversial Gupta family. Huge police presence outside the Gupta compound in #saxonworld pic.twitter.com/uQhDJTVMAW — City Press Online (@City_Press) February 14, 2018 As…

Why The Dissolution Of Parliament Will (Probably) Not Happen

Opposition parties will not sleep on their attempts to oust Zuma - this time targeting the rest of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) as well. At a press briefing on Monday opposition parties - including the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) among others - resolved that parliament must be dissolved and that Zuma must be removed through a motion of no confidence. The parties have also called for an early election instead of waiting for the 2019 national…

Understanding Consent – An Explainer

We have a murky understanding of consent. This is partly why there was explosion of responses to the Grace/ Aziz Ansari incident that took place earlier this year, as well as the #MeToo movement which began last year. The Daily Vox spoke with Crystal Dicks, director at the Gender Equity Office at Wits University to better understand the issues raised by these important moments. What is consent? Consent means ‘to agree’ or ‘to grant permission’ for. However in instances of sexual harassment/activity consent takes on a more…

After Zuma: Why Ramaphosa May Wait To Become President

It might be a bad political move for African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately take over as interim president if Jacob Zuma steps down as president of South Africa, according to Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) political researcher Tasneem Essop. National Assembly Speaker and member of the top six of the ruling ANC Baleka Mbete sent the country into a tizz on Tuesday when she announced that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered by Zuma on Thursday, was postponed.…

The WC drought is battering the agricultural industry

The City of Cape Town has managed to delay Day Zero until mid-May, as a result of declining agricultural usage and a generous water donation from local farmers. But agriculture’s reduced water allocation has already had devastating effects on the agricultural sector and the economy - and this is only expected to worsen.   Day Zero is the day the dams in the Western Cape will drop below 13.5% capacity, taps will be turned off and Capetonians will have to collect water at one of 200 guarded checkpoints around the city. …

5 myths about female genital mutilation debunked

February 6 marks International Day for Zero Tolerance on female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM, also referred to as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is a harmful practice. But despite its dangers, it is important to approach FGM with cultural sensitivity. Changing conceptions of FGM must come from within the communities that practise them and not imposed on by outsiders. FGM is also clouded by misconception, The Daily Vox debunks some commonly held myths about the practice. 1. There’s one standard method of FGM…

Malema: “The people of SA do not want a criminal to deliver the SONA”

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it is in the process of removing President Jacob Zuma from office before he is scheduled to give the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday.  Malema: why spend R4mil on a speech no one will listen to? We want to save taxpayers' money. No normal person will listen to Zuma speak. People will watch Generations. #EFFPresser — EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) February 5, 2018 “We reiterate our call for the motion of no confidence to be heard before the state of the nation address. The people…

Nsfas spokesperson: Nsfas is now a free education provider

As part of the government’s new free education commitment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) will be granting bursaries instead of loans to undergraduate students this year, according to NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo. Nsfas is a government scheme that provides financial aid to qualifying students at the various universities and colleges in South Africa. https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/everything-need-know-nsfas-2018-rumana-akoob/ In a Facebook live interview with The Daily Vox, the spokesperson for the…

Is Capitec another Steinhoff? Not quite.

The South African market was shook on Tuesday when Viceroy Research released a damning report that claimed that Capitec bank “is a wolf in a sheep's clothing and a loan shark”. Viceroy also said that the reserve bank and finance ministry must immediately place the bank under curatorship. Capitec stock fell by about 20% as a result. The group played a role in bringing to light the financial mismanagement of the Steinhoff Group last year. But what does all of this mean? The Daily Vox spoke with Michael Porter, a trader at Unum…

USAf CEO: the new funding system for higher education is a huge step forward

President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free education does not mean that South African tertiary students have free education, but it does make education more accessible, according to the CEO of Universities South Africa (USAf) Professor Ahmed Bawa. USAf is a membership organisation that represents South Africa’s universities. It was formerly known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA). In a Facebook Live interview with the Daily Vox, Bawa said that the new system that was hastily put in place after Zuma’s announcement do…

Why the Grace/Aziz Ansari incident is so relatable to conversations around consent

Navigating the dating world as a woman in a patriarchal world is like playing Russian roulette, you never know how it’s going to go. The Aziz Ansari incident shows us that we still don’t understand consent. A couple of weeks ago, Babe published a story titled "I Went On a Date With Aziz Ansari. It Turned Into the Worst Night of My Life." It told the story of a young woman they called Grace who went on a very fucky date with American actor and comedian Aziz Ansari. Basically they texted back and forth, then went out to…

#DefeatDayZero: Twitter has questions that Maimane didn’t answer

Defeat Day Zero is not the name of a really bad post apocalyptic superhero flick, it’s the Democratic Alliance (DA) social media campaign to rescue Cape Town from impending disaster (or to save face after failing to properly communicate just how bad the situation was). The Daily Vox rounds up Twitter reactions to the campaign.  On Wednesday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane addressed a gathering in Athlone about the party’s plans to combat the impending water deficit. A packed Hall in Athlone where @MmusiMaimane is going to talk…

The Cape Town Water Crisis and the ever-increasing reality of climate change

Cape Town is fast approaching its Day Zero, when residential taps will run dry. The water shortage doesn’t just affect its residents - it has a knock-on effect on agriculture, jobs and the economy. However, the drought is but a symptom of the greater problem of climate change. Day Zero is when the dams will drop below 13.5% capacity, taps will be turned off and Capetonians will have to collect water at one of 200 checkpoints around the city, monitored by police and the military. Based on current consumption, the city will…