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Life is difficult in small, remote shack settlements. More so during a pandemic, when the nearest clinic is an expensive R47 round trip away, not a single health worker visits and the municipality abruptly disconnects the supply of electricity to the area. The 400 residents of Zweledinga, a shack settlement 27km from Port Elizabeth in […]

  Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies’ coronation as champions of the inaugural Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) wasn’t befitting of the way Banyana Ba Style romped to victory, smashing records and their opponents in a dominant display of football. The coronavirus, with its tentacles in every sphere of life, brought the SNWL season (along with all other […]

Civil society groups have played an important role in responding to the COVID-19 social crisis in South Africa. Examples include the “community action networks” in Cape Town and Gauteng, as well as similar initiatives in more rural areas, such as the Eastern Cape. They also include extraordinary crisis response efforts by pre-existing NGOs, such as Boost Africa and Umgibe, and novel social innovations like Food […]

An analysis of financial inclusion in South Africa shows that affordability limits poor households’ access to formal financial services. In our study, which looked at people’s use of financial goods and services between 2008 and 2015, we found that there was a general increase in use. But this was severely skewed to households with higher incomes. […]

  About 100 people marched to the Harare Police Station in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on 2 July 2020 to protest against the City of Cape Town’s demolition of four shacks in eThembeni the day before. Video footage of the demolitions went viral after the City’s anti-land invasion unit and metro police were seen dragging Bulelani […]

  Thirty years. For 30 long and agonising years, the red half of a city and its millions of followers from around the world waited. It was never supposed to be this long, this painful and this complicated. Before the modernity of the English Premier League, before the £100 000-a-week players, before social media and trending, […]

  In line with the National Development Plan’s 2030 vision, our intention as a Department is to build a cohesive society in which everyone has access to sport, arts and culture resources, facilities and opportunities.   Whilst COVID-19 has robbed our industry of gaining fruitful employment, this challenge has further inspired us to ensure that our mandate […]

In 1990 CODESRIA, Africa’s premier social science council, organised a conference in Kampala, Uganda, on academic freedom. The conference was against the backdrop of mounting harassment of academics on the continent. They were subjected to travel restrictions in some countries, arrest, detention, and sometimes even assassination. The idea of defence of specific rights for academics was not without contention within […]

  By Darnell Christie LONDON, July  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Netflix said on Friday it will continue to stream the Polish film “365 Days” amid calls for its withdrawal including by British singer Duffy who said it glamorised “the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”. Welsh singer-songwriter Aimee Duffy, known as Duffy, released […]

The prevalence of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic has prompted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that: We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. The infodemic is defined as an overabundance of information, some accurate and some not, during an epidemic. It makes it hard for people to know which sources […]


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