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Playlist: The Bill Withers’ Essential...

“I write and sing about whatever I am able to understand and feel. I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.” — Bill Withers (1938 – 2020)

An unprecedented crisis: The economic...

COMMENT A certain word has been floating around these days. No, it is not “coronavirus”; nor is it “pandemic”. It is “unprecedented”. As in, the current crisis is unprecedented in the history of human civilisation. Which is odd, since there is nothing unprecedented in viruses or plagues. They have been with us for us long […]

In the face of the pandemic, human ri...

COMMENT The Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading across the world is, of course, a public health emergency. But it is also, at its core, a human and peoples’ rights issue.  As we at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Union’s human rights body, pointed out in a February 28 statement, both […]

Kenya’s government can’t tackle the p...

COMMENT The scenes of police assaulting citizens while enforcing a nighttime curfew, as well the death by suicide of a South African woman after being forced into a government quarantine facility, have exposed Kenya’s coercive response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Although many have condemned the incidents, others believe coercion is necessary given the extreme threat […]

New energy mix on the cards

South Africa’s fleet of coal-powered stations cannot meet demand: it is aging, under-maintained and over-burdened. According to the CSIR Energy Centre, load-shedding has cost the economy as much as R338-billion; in 2019 alone the country experienced 530 hours without power, at a cost of up to R120-billion. In addition, Eskom spends as much as R27 […]

03 April 2020

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Sanef stands in solidarity with the M...

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) stands in solidarity with our colleagues from the Mail & Guardian – and all media entities facing difficult financial times. Khadija Patel, editor-in-chief, has stated that their present income will not adequately cover the cost of producing the M&G, including the payment of salaries next month. SANEF is […]

Old artistic forms find new mediums i...

On March 26, a few hours before South Africans began a government-decreed 21-day lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, musician Mandisi Dyantyis and his band live-streamed a concert from the Living Room, a live music venue in Cape Town. “We know that hundreds of you are really upset to be missing the […]

State must accommodate learners with ...

On Thursday last week, I watched Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga provide an update of the sector’s plans since the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23.  The lockdown, which is due to last until April 16, effectively means that schools will no longer be opened on April 14 as originally announced, […]

Western Cape Judge Mushtak Parker fac...

Advocates body, the Cape Bar Council, has laid a judicial misconduct complaint against Western Cape Judge Mushtak Parker after an application by the Legal Practice Council (LPC) against the partners of his former law firm, prohibiting them from continuing to practise because of misappropriated trust funds.   In describing what had happened at the firm, the […]

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