Who We Are
The Daily Vox aims to put the young citizen at the centre of news. This does not mean we are a team of citizen journalists. Instead, our journalists place people at the centre of the agenda.
Our reporters seek to find, curate and amplify the voices of young South Africans. Whereas the young are often at the periphery of traditional media, they are our priority.
Not the officials and the experts but the people – be it in the city centre, the urban peripheries or the rural heartlands.
We are an independent media organisation (read: we’re open to donations). And we have no affiliation to political parties or candidates.
If you have story idea, send us a message via the contact page. If you want to get in touch with our journalists, tweet ’em.
Benazir Cassim, acting managing editor
Benazir is a qualified attorney, but she will not get you out of jail if you get arrested. She’s too busy running the show here.
Faranaaz Parker, editor & writing coach
Faranaaz is our in house writing genius. From coaching our journos about how to chase a story, to editing pieces that need some love, she is our go-to for any of our story needs.
Ndapwa Alweendo, sub editor
Ndapwa is a recent UCKAR graduate. She has a lot to say about Namibia’s apartheid history, gender politics, and her niche musical interests – not necessarily in that order.
Mohammed Jameel Abdulla, journo, Cape Town
Jameel is a fallist.
Aaisha Dadi Patel, senior journalist and columnist, Jozi
Aaisha is the Johannesburg-based senior reporter for The Daily Vox, having been a part of the team since it’s inception in 2014. She is currently completing her master’s degree in media studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research and reporting interests include gender and representations of Muslim women in the media, although she’s covered everything from politics to polar bears.
Rumana Akoob, multimedia journalist, Jozi
Rumana is the wizard behind our images and videos on the site – and the stories that go with them. She likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Fatima Moosa, journalist, Jozi
Fatima is a third year Politics and International Relations major at Wits University. She wants to work in international news and is especially passionate about women’s rights issues. Her favourite pastime is reading, regardless of the subject matter.
Lizeka Maduna, journalist, Durban
Lizeka Maduna is a student at the Durban University of Technology. She is a multimedia journalist who is passionate about the environment. Lizeka is also a fiction and data junkie who believes in justice for all.
Shaazia Ebrahim, journalist, Jozi
Shaazia is into social justice and philosophy. When she isn’t reading, she enjoys yoga, tea and dismantling stereotypes about women who wear lipstick.
Nduta Waweru, Kenya correspondent, Nairobi
Nduta Waweru considers herself a reader who writes. Like a duck, she’s calm on the surface, but she’s always busy paddling underneath to get you the best stories. Nduta has published a poetry collection called Nostalgia.
Nolwandle Zondi, intern, Jozi
Nolwandle Zondi is a graduate from the formerly existing University of Pretoria’s journalism department. She is at odds with her simultaneous compulsion for wanting to be with humanity and revulsion at how it works. She dreams of setting a pile of cash on fire.
Mihlali Ntsabo, intern, Jozi
Mihlali is a news journalist with an interest in current affairs, social injustices and politics. During his free time, Mihlali enjoys socialising and binging on reality shows. Washed in the blood of Beysus – Mihlali is a hardcore Beyonce Stan.
Azad Essa, co-founding editor
Azad is a journalist at Al Jazeera. He is also the author of Zuma’s Bastard (2010) & The Moslems are Coming (2012).
Khadija Patel, co-founder & advisor
Khadija pushes words on street corners. Formerly a senior reporter at the Daily Maverick, she is now a writing fellow at the University of Witwatersrand’s Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser).
Mishka Wazar, intern, Grahamstown
Mishka is a student at the University Currently Known As Rhodes. She is a militant. She is militantly against wrong.
Tendai Marima, Zimbabwe contributor
Tendai is a freelance journalist and academic researcher based in Southern Africa. A graduate in comparative literature, she is currently completing a postdoctoral research project on African women’s writing. Interested in all things Africa, as a journalist her articles have been published by Al Jazeera English, Think Africa Press and the business weekly, Zimbabwe Independent.
Aasia Fredericks, social media consultant
Aasia Fredericks is a girl who grew up in Eldo’s (South of Joburg) and didn’t know she was coloured, black and disadvantaged. She didn’t go to university and so has to hustle to make ends meet. Aasia is large and in charge, and doesn’t have enough money to be considered ishkothane. But she can twerk. Digital Ops manager by day, pseudo amateur comedian by night.
Naeem Mayet, digital strategist & problem solver
Naeem is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and works in work in eCommerce, automotive aftermarket, photography and startup businesses.
We’ve also received tremendous support from Faatima Tayob, Safiyyah Patel, Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, Simon Williamson, Will Mutua, Hasan Patel, Mohsin Ali, Soud Hyder, Andrew Philips and Alia Chughtai, who are advisors to the editorial and design team.
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