Author: Kendrick Lebron

The majority of actual beneficiaries of land reform to date are from the urban middle class, according to the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas). The institute says this is “elite capture” of the land and has effectively redirected state resources, originally intended for the impoverished, to the better-off. Public resources have been […]

Phumza Maweni’s career began at a time when most athletes are either at their peak or starting to think about retirement. Now, at 35 years old, she has achieved what many can’t in a lifetime. Maweni was 29 when she started playing for a provincial netball team in the Western Cape. Within a year, her […]

  By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tens of thousands of South Africans have written complaints to the government over a new policy that would let mobile networks build cellphone infrastructure like 5G towers on private land, which they say could devalue their property. Since communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams gazetted the policy last […]

By Kagondu Njagi KANGEMA, Kenya, Aug 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In these hills a two-hour drive north of Nairobi, the weather can shift quickly and sometimes violently, as recent landslides along the winding highway make clear. To keep up with weather alerts, farmers and traders have since 2008 turned to the Kangema Radio and […]

  “Let people vent,” lamented performing artist and television personality Kudzai Sevenzo in a tweet as Zimbabweans on social media reacted to the death of Perence Shiri. Shiri was the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement. Zenzele Ndebele, an investigative journalist, also spoke out in a tweet: “Shiri gets to be buried like a hero. We never got a chance […]

With African football on hold and the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s plenty of nostalgia to go around. But memories of the Algeria’s biggest football wins can offer more than just nostalgia. The 2019 Afcon win in Egypt also offers insights into how governments co-opt the game. Algeria’s […]

COVID-19 has prompted widespread discussion of the resilience of food systems and how efficiency and competitiveness have been previously understood. Recent decades have seen the growth of increasingly complex food value chains. These are underpinned by just-in-time delivery systems, a growing share of food products sold through supermarkets, and increasing concentration of ownership among powerful, […]

  COVID-19 has wrought havoc on poor households in countries across the world. In South Africa, more and more people are facing hunger resulting from mass job losses and small, poorly implemented supplementary cash grants. On top of this the pandemic has put in stark relief the country’s poorly understood food system, in which powerful firms operate […]

  By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, Aug 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Strict enforcement of South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown by police and the army has placed the spotlight on official brutality, a cause of anger among the majority Black population for decades. Now a coalition of human rights organisations called C19 is seeking to document those […]

  By Vincent Desmond LAGOS, Aug 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Two naked women lie in bed, stroking each other’s hair and talking about coming out to their parents in Nigeria, where they could be jailed for 14 years for having a lesbian relationship. The trailer for Nigeria’s first lesbian feature film, “Ife” – which […]


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