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  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 […]

Aug 5 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has warned the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm strained public health systems in Africa. On Wednesday, the continent was approaching a million infections and around 21,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Here are measures some countries are taking to curb the virus. SOUTH AFRICA With more cases […]

  By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA, Aug 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Caribbean nations were scrambling to adapt storm shelters to prevent the spread of coronavirus and stock up on supplies, with thousands of people already evacuating their homes as the hurricane season gets underway, aid agencies warned on Monday. A busier than normal Atlantic Ocean […]

Sharing about visibility, the struggles, the triumphs, the wellbeing and the needs of LGBT+ people in Africa is a creative struggle between emotions, sensibility, objectivity and the need to write from a deep place of hurt, layering down my vulnerabilities. It is first of all, an inner struggle to validate yourself, rationalize your feelings, and […]

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