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How Zimbabwe’s footballers turned to ‘money games’ for survival

The unsanctioned, illegal matches provide much-needed cash after the cancellation of the regular season due to coronavirus

Covid-19 vaccine will not be a magic bullet for the ailing healthcare system

The pandemic is happening in the context of a healthcare system we have allowed to decay

Children may benefit when parents share their digital gaming space

Digital games can provide forums for diverse groups of people to come together, which is especially important while our physical activities are restricted

Q&A Sessions: ‘I should have fought harder for SA vaccine’ — Salim Abdool Karim

Professor Salim Abdool Karim talks to Nicolene de Wee about his responsibility as head of the ministerial advisory committee tasked with guiding the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Act against Covid and climate crises

The government would do well to realise that these two disasters can’t be tackled separately

New climate commission offers hope

The Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission is tasked with shifting the economy to a ‘low-carbon, climate resilient economy and society’

These are the vaccines South Africa could get

The government plans to vaccinate a minimum of 67% of the population (about 40-million people) to achieve herd immunity — when most of the population is resistant to an infectious disease — by the end of 2021.

Debt forgiveness will top the African agenda in 2021

After being praised for their handling of the pandemic, African countries must now confront the economic fallout – even as they grapple with existing political and security challenges

Taking stock of a local lockdown

Some Nelson Mandela Bay residents are abiding by restrictions; others are feeling festive

Put human rights at the centre of our battle against Covid-19

Government and civil society must develop a rights-based response to Covid-19, because epidemics are won by strengthening rights, not trampling on them

It’s time to fight Covid fatigue in Africa

There are signs that the continent’s population is relaxing risk-reducing measures (masks, physical distancing, washing hands), which could push 40-million people into extreme poverty

‘This thing almost killed me’

Daniel Ominde was young, fit and healthy. He thought he would be safe from Covid-19. He was wrong. This is his story . . .

China’s resource-for-infrastructure deals

Are RFIs a viable model for aiding Africa’s economic development?

‘Where the governments see statistics, I see the faces of my friends’

Yvette Raphael describes herself as a ‘professional protester, sjambok feminist and hater of trash’. Government officials would likely refer to her as ‘a rebel’. She’s fought for equality her entire life, she says. And she’s scared of no one

China’s resource-for-infrastructure deals

Are RFIs a viable model for aiding Africa’s economic development?

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Why prisoners are a priority in vaccine rollout

Inmates comprise a vulnerable group in society and they are meant to receive Covid-19 vaccines earlier than the general population. This has sparked debate locally and globally

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