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South African Firefighter Battles Cape Town Blazes and Inequality

South African Firefighter Battles Cape Town Blazes and Inequality

Slee Mbhele volunteers as a firefighter in South Africa because the racial and economic divides that segregate the country seem to dissolve when confronting a blaze. She describes fire as “the great equaliser”, putting all firefighters on an equal footing, no matter their colour, age or gender, as they work as a team to extinguish […]

South African Women Risk Assault To Reach Work As Taxi Violence Surges

South African Women Risk Assault To Reach Work As Taxi Violence Surges

Activists say women are particularly vulnerable in a country where a sexual offence is committed every 10 minutes * Violence between taxi firms has left thousands stranded * Women are at risk walking long distances to and from work * Activists have called for more police and community engagement South African language tutor Debbie Odumuko […]

Sharp-eyed Grandmothers Combat Looting and Crime In South Africa

Sharp-eyed Grandmothers Combat Looting and Crime In South Africa

As looters ran through the streets of Johannesburg, South African grandmother Evelyne turned off her lights, stood by her window and carefully lifted her curtain, surveying the chaos as gunshots and screams filled the night air. The 72-year-old was guarding her property, but she was also gathering information to share with her neighbourhood watch team, […]

South Africa Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions as Country Battles Third Wave

South Africa Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions as Country Battles Third Wave

President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced new coronavirus restrictions to help the country curb the spread of the virus and save lives as it battles a third wave of the pandemic. In a televised address to the nation, Ramaphosa said that country is battling the Delta variant which was first detected in India. The variant has spread extremely quickly […]

South Africans Battle To Bridge Digital Divide In COVID-19 Vaccination Race

South Africans Battle To Bridge Digital Divide In COVID-19 Vaccination Race

When Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to soothe her fears about COVID-19 vaccination and register her for the jab on his mobile phone. Community “foot soldiers” like the bishop are among numerous initiatives being scrambled across South Africa to […]

SADC-PF Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Meets to Share Lessons On Gender-Based Violence

SADC-PF Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Meets to Share Lessons On Gender-Based Violence

Member states of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum’s (SADC-PF’s) Women’s Parliamentary Caucus which advocates for women’s rights and gender equality in the SADC-PF, met to share lessons and experiences that emanate from the gender-based violence (GBV) data that was gathered during the hard lockdown period. The lessons are taken to assess what should […]

In South Africa, A Zero-Waste Food Bus Hopes To Drive Away Hunger

In South Africa, A Zero-Waste Food Bus Hopes To Drive Away Hunger

 When Sidney Beukes got his bus driver’s licence, he never imagined himself behind the wheel of a 40-year-old school bus that has been turned into a mobile grocery store serving low-income residents of Johannesburg. The bus is not an easy drive: there is no power steering and it chugs along. But Beukes said every time […]

Jacob Zuma Seeks to Get Prosecutor Billy Downer Removed From Graft Trial

Jacob Zuma Seeks to Get Prosecutor Billy Downer Removed From Graft Trial

Court proceedings at the kick-off of Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial were swift and clinical on Monday, with a postponement to May 26. Ace Magashule, Carl Niehaus, Bongani Bongo, Tony Yengeni and former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo were among his VIP supporters who crunched into the courtroom ‘A’ gallery. The Pietermaritzburg high court heard on […]

Zulu Embarks On GBV, Youth Development Outreach Programme

Zulu Embarks On GBV, Youth Development Outreach Programme

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu is set to conduct follow -up programme on youth development and gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The two-day programme which gets underway today follows a 2020 visit that formed part of the 365 Days of Action Against GBVF, with a specific focus on areas identified as hotspots […]

Electricity Prices to Increase By 15%

Electricity Prices to Increase By 15%

The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that an amount of R10 billion be added to Eskom’s allowable revenue to be recovered from tariff customers in the 2021/22 financial year. “This consent order follows Eskom’s application in terms of section 18(3) of the Superior Courts Act, 2013, that Eskom should be permitted to recover R23billion […]

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