Jan Bornman

Tech-boosted English classes reach more migrants

Covid-19 lockdowns forced a Cape Town organisation to adapt its teaching methods. Now its language instruction helps those living in other parts of Africa and even beyond

Undocumented people neglected in plans to vaccinate

Those without an ID, passport or asylum-seeker number fear that getting the jab will get them booted out the country – that is if they are able to access vaccination in the first place

Ivermectin is not a miracle drug

The health regulatory authority has not approved the antiparasitic drug to treat Covid-19, despite calls on the government to approve its use, as there is no data to support its effectiveness

Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

‘Healers are part of Covid solution’

Traditional healers feel they have been excluded from the national response to the coronavirus, despite most South Africans consulting them for a range of ailments including depression

Coronavirus uncertainty affects asylum seekers

Some refugee reception offices in South Africa have stopped accepting new asylum applications as the government enforces stricter measures to deal with the Covid-19 crisis

How Lindela became Bosasa’s meal ticket

The notorious ‘repatriation centre’ was an ‘income stream’ for Bosasa for decades as it worked the system to maximise profits

Mashaba’s xenophobic legacy

The outgoing mayor’s tweet about the arrest statistics of migrants displays both his bigotry and a misunderstanding of how crime and policing work

The people behind the xenophobia

Zweli Ndaba wrote the flyer that spurred hostel residents and truck drivers to take part in the shutdown that led to the violence in Jo’burg

Alarming surge in xenophobic language

Populist politicians increasingly blame migrants for a range of problems. At home, the government, police and even trade unionists are doing the same.

Durban refugee office turns away asylum applicants

A staff shortage means asylum seekers are unable to make appointments to apply for refugee status

‘Shocking’ judgment for Somali asylum seekers

Lawyers for Human Rights is litigating on behalf of eight Somalis whose appeal was turned down in what it calls a ruling that does not reflect facts

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