Top of the Vox: the inspiration edition

    totv4 [resized]“My school didn’t have a maths or physics teacher … So I decided to learn maths and physics by myself and then teach my classmates. For matric, I obtained 100% in higher-grade maths and 98% in higher-grade physics.”
    The dedication he showed during high school is only the beginning of Musa Manzi’s inspiring journey. He went on to study at Wits University, where he obtained a PhD in geophysics, and now lectures. Pontsho Pilane found out more about his story.

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    We love South Africa, but we’ve got to admit we’ve still got a way to go when it comes to making equal opportunities for all a reality. One way of helping is by donating your time or money – but with thousands of organisations on the ground, how do you make sure you’ve picked one that’s really making a difference? The Daily Vox Team is here to help: we’ve profiled eight remarkable charities that deserve your support. And do let us know if you have any organisations to add to the list.

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    If you still need more inspiration after reading all about Musa Manzi (What, you didn’t click? Just do it!), Ra’eesa Pather spoke to Marilee van der Merwe, a student at the University of the Western Cape who’s persevering with her degree while living in a garage in Atlantis.

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    Different countries – and even cities – all have their own traditions during Ramadaan. Aasia Fredericks bemoans the increasing commercialisation of the holy month in Cape Town – but she’ll see you at the Eid Fair!

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    – Featured image: By Safiyyah Patel.