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Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans

Wealthy countries were quick to ban Southern African nations from entering their borders when the Omicron variant was identified, but did not do so to each other.

Elderly land claimants wait in vain for restitution

While the government fails to adhere to its own deadlines, the clock is ticking for a group of Black people who were evicted from their land in the decade before apartheid ended

Protesters die demanding full civilian rule

Sudan’s army pre-empted a handover to civilians with a coup, and then reinstated the civilian leader. On the streets, risking life and limb, demonstrators are still demanding the exit of the military

Shell seismic ops: ‘Our ancestors’ blood was spilt protecting the land and sea’

Communities along the Wild Coast have approached the high court in Makhanda for an urgent interdict to stop Shell from initiating seismic survey operations

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‘Waiting for jail’: Rwandan YouTuber defies personal risks

While Kagame has won praise for bringing stability and economic growth to Rwanda, he has also come under fire for cracking down on political freedoms.

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard to accept?

It is both misleading and patronising to suggest that democracy has somehow been imposed by the international community against the wishes of ordinary people. Instead, it has been demanded and fought for from below

Kenya to make Covid vaccination mandatory

The unvaccinated will be denied use of public services on 21 December, but only 5% of the population has been vaccinated

MTN staff members who refuse vaccination will be fired

MTN has joined the list of companies that have made vaccines mandatory

Decline in demand for office space continues

Many companies are revising their requirements as the pandemic continues to upset business plans

Lessons from Turkey to SA: Economic independence is a battle

Without tighter capital controls, regulating the flow of money in and out of their economies, Turkey and South Africa are vulnerable to the whims of the financial markets

Former struggle veteran Ebrahim Ebrahim dies

The ANC has hailed the former struggle veteran and party stalwart as a committed patriot

Zandile Gumede makes a comeback in eThekwini as ANC conference season kicks off

The regional conferences in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will test the muscle of Cyril Ramaphosa and his faction in the build-up to 2022 congress

No end in sight for DA and ActionSA coalition talks

Talks between the two parties have resumed, but it is unclear if any agreement will be reached any time soon

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Western Cape schools benefit from zero waste project

The initiative provides schools with a toolkit to reduce the waste they send to landfills by recycling more effectively

New local app promises regular, effective assessments of students

There have been numerous reports of unethical behaviour during Covid-19, but technology built by local academics now ensures exam conditions are being abided by

Reimagining education in a Vuca world

The new St John’s Preparatory School building offers a space that encourages collaboration, complex problem-solving and creativity

I’m not done, says winning coach Jerry Tshabalala

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies might have had a phenomenal year, but the man who guided them to become African champions has bigger plans for himself on a wider football stage

Will a biennial World Cup be good for Africa?

Some say it will bring more funds and other development opportunities to football on the continent, but others remain sceptical and deeply suspicious of Fifa’s true motives.

Tribute: David Lacey, the greatest football correspondent ever to write in English

David Lacey, who died earlier this month at age 83, leaves an imposing legacy: his writing is the standard by which every football journalist will forever be judged

The architect trying to finish the Sagrada Familia after 138 years

Jordi Fauli is the seventh chief architect of Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia since Antoni Gaudi began work on the basilica in 1883

Trump White House chief risks criminal charge in Capitol riot probe

Mark Meadows, who failed to appear before the congressional panel last month, is seen as a key witness to Trump's role in efforts to overturn the election by undemocratic means

What you need to know about the EU-Belarus migrant crisis

Here is what you need to know about the crisis that has seen thousands of migrants trapped in dire conditions on the Belarus-Poland border

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