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It takes a village: How one family faced the triple threat...

AMAHLE MQADI* (20) tells Zilungile Mnisi about the toll alcohol abuse, poverty, neglect and rape took on her family. I grew up in the Eastern...

“Women should be respected, whatever the circumstances”

NOMZAMO MKHIZE* left home to look for employment in Durban but soon found herself embroiled in prostitution and drugs. She told Zilungile Mnisi how she...

“Higher education is not a privilege, it’s a constitutional right”

OFENTSE MAKGAE, 23, was recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to do his PhD at Oxford University in the UK in 2016. He told...

“Poverty led me to prostitution”

SIHLE MHLONGO* moved away from home in Soweto when he was 18, to search for a better life on the streets of the Joburg CBD. He told...

“They can’t afford to take students to Medunsa, but they can...

KEALEBOGA GODFREY MOHIBIDU dropped out of the electrical engineering programme at the University of Pretoria after losing his scholarship. He told Firdaus Khan about how he had to...

“Being a student in South Africa comes with so much frustration”

After being financially excluded in her second year of study, SILONDILE CELE (20), from Adams in KZN, learnt that being a student at university...

“If other countries can afford students free education, why can’t we?”

SEABELO MOEPI (21) was a chemistry and biochemistry major at UCT. But he couldn't keep up with the fees and found himself excluded before...

“University fees make it impossible to fulfil your dreams”

The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation, a program that funds students from rural areas to study health sciences, may no longer be able to fund...

Campus protests – updates [26 October]

Student protests, arising from the #FeesMustFall movement, are continuing into their third week. Things are moving quickly at campuses around the country and the Daily Vox...

#Rhodes student: “We can’t compromise with this fee increase”

It’s the second day of the #RhodesMIPMustFall protest and it’s currently 31 degrees in Grahamstown. Protesters sit in the shade of the barricade they...

I experienced a violent outburst at the #WitsFeesMustFall protest

Civil engineering student RAYHAAN ESSOP (26) was caught on the Wits University campus during the #WitsFeesMustFall protest on Wednesday, and got involved in an...

“To me, education is a way of showing unconditional love”

VELI MNISI has taught at schools in Matsulu, Mpumalanga for 27 years. Today, he is the principal at S’bongile Primary School. On World Teacher’s Day, Zilungile...

Retelling Gandhi’s story: was he a racist?

The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire, a new book by sociologist Ashwin Desai and historian Goolam Vahed, focuses on Gandhi’s first leadership experiences...

From India’s villages to South Africa’s metropolis, and six generations on

KAMROONISSA NANOOMIA-KHAN (73) traces her heritage back to India but her roots are right here in South Africa. She told her granddaughter, Firdaus Khan, about her family...

“When talking about our heritage, it’s difficult to decide what it...

YUSUF DADOO, the nephew of apartheid struggle hero Dr Yusuf Dadoo, reflects on his heritage and tells Aaisha Dadi Patel why he thinks understanding...

“I embrace my heritage through the work I do with my...

NOMASONTO KHUMALO was just a little girl when she learnt how to make traditional Zulu attire. She tells Zilungile Mnisi about her childhood memories...

Parveena Ahanger: a face of resistance in the Kashmir conflict

After decades of conflict and "disappeared people", Kashmiri women are now making their voices heard, demanding to know the whereabouts of their missing family...

When will there be a safe space for spinning in Soweto?

Spinning enthusiast SAKHUMZI MZANTSI (36) dreams of having a facility set up so that those you love the extreme motorsport can drift and spin in...

What’s it like to live in war-torn Yemen, after negotiating with...

In the past six months, over 4,500 Yemenis have been killed and over 80% of Yemen’s population are now in need of humanitarian help. South...

NWU-Pukke: “Pukke is the only Afrikaans campus left, where must we...

There’s been mixed reaction to the article about a black student's experiences at the North West University Potchefstroom campus with some former and current...
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