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5 October 2020: A sign board to the KwaSizabantu Mission, which is located on a farm between Greytown and KwaDukuza, is seen on the R74. The evangelical KwaSizabantu Mission was founded in 1970 in rural KwaZulu-Natal. It has been accused of violence, human rights abuses, sexual assault, complicity with the security apparatus of apartheid regime […]

  9 October 2020: Boxing SA director of operations and acting chief executive Cindy Nkomo joined the boxing federation’s administrative team three years ago. Cindy Nkomo recalls with a smile the crazy early mornings with her father, when they excitedly switched on the television to watch the mastery of Mike Tyson at work in the […]

The harm that air pollution is doing on the African continent seems to be growing. Estimates of premature mortality attributed to air pollution have increased from about 570,000 in 1990 to over 700,000 in 2013. In the same period, premature deaths from unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and childhood malnutrition have decreased across Africa. Many challenges also remain for […]

The South African government has initiated a process to formalise and regulate the country’s large, yet informal minibus taxi industry, with a view to making it viable and free of violence. The government envisions the industry being restructured “along legally recognised business units” that pay corporate tax and comply with labour laws. Formalisation will eventually pave […]

  When South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced recently that the government was considering a R50 billion subsidy to the minibus taxi sector, it seemed a watershed moment. The sector transports 66.5% of commuters, and has been hit hard by the sharp economic contraction that was deepened by the COVID-19 lockdowns since March. Buses and train services receive operating […]

  LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The COVID-19 pandemic is set to nearly double the number of people facing starvation this year, but preparing better would help battle such crises in the future, said an official at the World Food Programme, after it won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. As the U.N. […]

  LANYARIS, South Sudan Oct 11 (Reuters) – By the time the waters started rising, ethnic violence had already forced South Sudanese mother Vorgol Poulo, her husband, and their seven children to flee their home twice this year. They were desperate to stay home when the rains began in July but ten days of heavy […]

  What happens if you’re a female seafarer sexually assaulted at sea, in international waters? Where do you turn if you’re a migrant domestic worker sexually harassed behind closed doors?  These are just some of the experiences and drivers behind collective women’s actions around the world, which unlike #MeToo are not well-known but need to […]

  DAKAR, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Democratic Republic of Congo will investigate accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers that were uncovered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian, the country’s health minister said on Friday. Five U.N. agencies and international NGOs have also launched inquiries after 51 women accused mainly […]

It’s been a bittersweet year for hit-maker Nomcebo Zikode, who says, “In some ways 2020 wasn’t a beautiful year for me because there were so many people lost to Covid-19, not to me personally but we saw a great deal of suffering, especially in South Africa. But on a personal side it was also difficult […]

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