Posts in category M&G

Drop in child vaccinations a danger

South Africa needs to drastically improve its data capturing, surveillance and monitoring of immunisation for children under the age of five to prevent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough — against which they are underprotected. This emerged last week from interviews with some of the country’s top paediatricians, virologists and public health specialists.  They were […]

Damage assessments begin following de...

The Overberg region in the Southern Cape will start damage assessments while humanitarian relief efforts continue after a severe winter storm led to localised flooding, caused the deaths of four people, and left nearly 400 people in desperate need of assistance.  The storm made landfall on Tuesday last week, with the heavy rainfall finally stopping […]

‘Photographs In Our Mother Tongue’: T...

Former president Nelson Mandela famously said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you speak to him in his own language that goes to his heart.”  In a country with 11 official languages and countless more unofficial languages, people are often forced to live in […]

Timeline: ANC step-aside rule

It took Covid-19 for the ANC to finally introspect, face its rot and its promises to cleanse itself of tainted and corrupt leaders. In August last year, after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, had to take special leave after allegations of corruption linked to personal protective equipment (PPE) at the height of the pandemic, […]

Workers’ Day marks huge job losses ar...

The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world in terms of jobs. In 2020 there was an unprecedented loss of 114-million jobs globally, according to the seventh edition of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILOs) Monitor:  Covid-19 and the world of work.  South Africa shed 648 000 formal sector jobs in the second […]

Surveillance capitalists overthrow th...

The information war we are living through, heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic, has grown to the point where it too is considered a pandemic — an infodemic. But the term infodemic implies the information war is a disease that must be eradicated, without acknowledging that inherent to the war is the contestation of ideas. There’s […]

Chad faces an uncertain future

Chad’s President Idriss Déby Itno has died in combat just a day after securing re-election, opening a period of uncertainty in a country that is a crucial strategic ally of the West in the region. His son, Mahamat Idriss Déby, was immediately named transitional leader as head of a military council and both the government […]

IEC gears up for its ‘most challengin...

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Public confidence in social, health a...

South Africa, already battling with enormous social and economic challenges after decades of colonialism and apartheid — and more recently corruption and social turmoil — has been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The social and economic impacts of the first 12 months of the pandemic have been severe. During the last quarter of […]

23 April 2021

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