As the Covid 19 Virus continues to spread across South Africa, the people most at risk in defending all South Africans are our healthcare fraternity. With over 1400 cases (*as of 02/04/2020) of coronavirus recorded in South Africa, there is no denying that the statistics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming.  In the face of immense stress […]

By Neela Ghoshal in a shelter for homeless people shouldn’t be illegal. But according to Ugandan police, 23 people living at a shelter serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Kampala are guilty of “a negligent act likely to spread infection of disease,” as well as “disobedience of lawful orders.” Police were presumably […]

Ciham Ali Abdu  © Private Ciham Ali turns 23 today, the eighth year in a row she will be spending her birthday behind bars in an Eritrea prison. She has been held there incommunicado since the age of 15. For several years now, Eritrean diaspora groups, notably One Day Seyoum, have campaigned for Ciham and other political detainees’ release. This year, […]

By Matthew Lavietes NEW YORK, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States on Thursday relaxed its policy on gay and bisexual men only donating blood after a one-year period of celibacy due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a federal agency of the […]

By Umberto Bacchi TBILISI, April 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Digital surveillance rolled out to curb coronavirus should be limited in time and scope, more than 100 rights groups said on Thursday, warning governments not to use the crisis as cover for pervasive snooping. From facial recognition to phone tracking, governments are turning to technology to trace […]

By Laurie Goering LONDON, April 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As countries try to slash air pollution and step up action on climate change, many are looking at a key culprit: tailpipes. India in 2016 put into effect its first fuel-economy standards for passenger cars and by 2021 is expected to have lowered planet-warming carbon […]

By Thin Lei Win ROME, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Countries with large populations and low levels of development are most likely to see a rise in the risk of armed conflict after extreme weather events, according to a new study that researchers said underscored the need to boost their resilience. Almost one in […]

  By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, April 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From a WhatsApp chatbot to a self-diagnosis tool, Africans are devising mobile tech solutions to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid fears it could have disastrous effects for the continent’s most vulnerable. Africa has not been as badly hit by coronavirus as other […]

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, has issued amended Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID 19 in all courts, court precincts and justice service points. The amended Directions were published in Government Gazette No. 11076 on 31 March 2020. These Directions replace the Directions issued on 26 […]

Tanzanian singer Msami is back with a new single ‘Baby Girl’ the masterpiece produced by Mese, Msami has featured Alice’s soothing vocals demanding ‘some more’ on the chorus. The song tables out relationship issues most importantly heartbreaks.  

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