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Eastern Cape Women Abandon Vegetable Gardens to Collect Scrap for Cash

Eastern Cape Women Abandon Vegetable Gardens to Collect Scrap for Cash

Dozens of women in villages around Qunu have taken to scrap collection to earn money. A lack of water and support from the government has meant they have abandoned their vegetable gardens. They hitchhike to Durban on trucks to sell their recyclables in the big city. Several women said that since Mandela’s death in 2013 […]

SA Gears Up for 16 Days of Activism

SA Gears Up for 16 Days of Activism

The government will participate in the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children campaign from 25 November to 10 December 2021. According to the Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, who was addressing the media on outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, the United Nations campaign will heighten awareness […]

What Has Changed for Rural South African Women in the Last 25 Years

What Has Changed for Rural South African Women in the Last 25 Years

South Africa has experienced tremendous change over the last quarter-century: the first democratically elected government, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, changing health, social and economic policies and now the COVID-19 pandemic. The South African Medical Research Council/Wits University Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit has, for nearly three decades, conducted health and socio-demographic surveillance in a rural […]

NGOs Scramble To Dampen COVID-19’s Impact On People Living With HIV

NGOs Scramble To Dampen COVID-19’s Impact On People Living With HIV

South African domestic worker Mabuyi Dlamini always dreaded the bumpy, day-long minibus journey she had to make each month to pick up her HIV medication from the nearest clinic in KwaZulu-Natal province. So when a mobile medical service carrying nurses, counsellors and supplies of antiretroviral drugs began visiting her district two years ago, she was […]

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 […]