World Refugee Day: A call for inclusi...

By the end of 2020, more than 82-million people worldwide had been forced to flee their countries. In 2020 alone, 11.2-million people were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced its 2020 global displacement numbers on Friday, two days before World Refugee […]

Gen Z: A joyful life in a damaged soc...

It’s tempting to intellectualize the excesses of a privileged modern youth. It’s also dangerous. What if we simply … don’t care. It’s hard to make any generalisations about an era while still being inside of it, but even without the liberty of hindsight it’s quite clear to see that the current zeitgeist of teen pop […]

‘We can’t stop fighting for our digni...

Zoliswa Mabena’s husband died last year. He had been waiting for a house for more than 25 years. But he, like more than 130 others, had not simply been waiting — they have been fighting the Ekurhuleni municipality in Gauteng for more than two decades by approaching former president Thabo Mbeki, then the Special Investigating […]

Warring ANC factions united in questi...

The sale by the government of its majority share in SAA will serve as yet another proxy war in the ANC as several party leaders and alliance partners are fuming over the transparency of the deal.  Four national executive committee (NEC) members from different factions have expressed their dissatisfaction with the sale, saying that it […]

New plan to tackle marine pollution

South Africa discharges between 90 000 and 250 000 tonnes of rubbish into the ocean every year, according to a United Nations Environment Programme report. This is equivalent to five trucks dumping garbage in the sea every hour. Globally more than four million tonnes of waste lands up in oceans.  The litter is digested by mammals and […]

Study finds too much salt can damage ...

Indulging in salty foods does not only expose you to cardiovascular diseases and obesity, it also causes temporary damage to human immune cell function. A higher sodium concentration in the blood has been found to weaken the mitochondrial function in white-blood cells, called monocytes.  Mitochondria are found in almost all human cells and are a […]

Gigaba insists he faced sinister thre...

Former public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba on Friday in testimony to the Zondo commission faulted the Pretoria high court for finding that he had leant on the Hawks to arrest and intimidate his estranged wife while they presented no evidence linking her to an alleged plot to kill him. “I had actually received threats to […]

Parties divided on carbon trading sys...

The United Nations’ three-week climate talks have ended with parties still divided on the contentious carbon market trading system.  The crunch issues around the carbon markets and adaptation finance are not new to parties at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Both issues were left deadlocked at the Conference of the Parties 25 […]

Facts and figures: The proportion of ...

Twenty-six years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set the international target for reaching gender balance in political decision-making, women are still underrepresented across all levels of power.  You can find the UN world map of political representation as of 1 January 2021 here. On average, globally, women hold 25.5% of both […]

18 June 2021

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