Geoffrey Makhubo is the Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mark Watts is executive director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis, but for millions of people it is also a local food crisis. City lockdowns, stalled supply chains and closed borders have all limited the flow […]

  BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – United under Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, young people rallied across the world on Friday to demand urgent action to halt catastrophic climate change, in their first global action during the coronavirus pandemic. With wild weather wreaking havoc across the world – from fires ravaging the U.S. West, to abnormal […]

  By Farai Shawn Matiashe HARARE, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For more than a year, Lionda Mhonda searched for a plot of land to buy in northeastern Zimbabwe, but struggled to find anything that was both affordable and came with a legitimate title deed. Then the 33-year-old farmer found out about a new […]

  The LaLiga Santander family incorporated three new teams in 2020, with SD Huesca, Cádiz, and Elche promoted from the ranks of LaLiga SmartBank to compete at the highest level of Spanish football. Five new footballers from the African continent will be part of the squads of the three new teams as they kick off […]

  “Isn’t sound continuity isn’t sound memory loving care caress or rage sticking our shattered and scattered pieces together?”  (From For Bra’ Ntemi) In a month that has lost us the work and incandescent spirits of Myesha Jenkins and Achmat Dangor, we remember too, the birth of another departed poet. Eighty-one years ago on 19 September 1938, […]

  5 September 2019: A hopeful image adorns a migrant shack. But reality differs, with a new report into xenophobia in South Africa showing that migrants are routinely and pervasively abused and harassed. In recent months, as South Africa has been dealing with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been growing calls […]

When I first heard about the community of Old Fadama in Accra, Ghana, I recognised something. A Ghanaian Catholic sister who visited the green market weekly in that neighbourhood told me about it. She worried about a community of vulnerable migrant women known as “head porters” or kayayei, who earned a pittance transporting heavy items […]

Claiming, as South Africa’s official opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA) does, that policy must ignore race in South Africa, is like insisting that economic inequality should have been ignored in nineteenth century Europe. The party resolved at a recent policy conference to oppose policy that uses race and gender as a criterion. This aims to set it […]

Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in South Africa, the question of how to manage the country’s schools has been top of mind. Schools were closed in March and, as part of a phased approach, began returning from June. The risks associated with the pandemic mean the situation could change at any moment. There has been much debate about […]

Nigeria adopted the Child’s Rights Act in 2003, giving legal consent to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The country’s constitution states that for an international law to take effect, Nigeria’s legislature must create a national version. But as Nigeria operates a federal […]

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