According to the Zimbabwe Domestic and Allied Workers Union, their members now face much longer and unpaid working hours as the covid-19 regulations force them to be at ‘work’ round the clock. CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
The key programmes the scientists are calling for are: much better regulation of the wildlife trade, disease surveillance and control in wild and domestic animals, ending the wild meat trade in China, and cutting deforestation by 40% in key places. DAMIAN CARRINGTON | THE GUARDIAN
Children between the ages of 10 and 19 are more likely to spread the coronavirus within a household than younger children or adults, according to a new epidemiological study from South Korea. NICOLA SMITH | THE TELEGRAPH
After adding more than 138,000 confirmed cases in just two weeks, South Africa has emerged as Africa’s coronavirus hotspot, accounting for nearly half of the continent’s total cases, and becoming one of the top 10 infected countries in the world. JEVANS NYABIAGE | SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Protests by restaurant employees objecting to some of the Covid-19 restrictions were held in various centres across South Africa on Wednesday. Restaurants want government to lift the curfew and do away with the ban on smoking and alcohol. POSTMAN, MAJOLA, HENDRICKS, CHIRUME, NOWICKI, | GROUNDUP
The moment requires government, the Solidarity Fund and civil society organisations to dialogue and work on people led solutions for resolving the worsening food and social crisis. It is worrying and unacceptable that we have not been able to have an integrated and comprehensive response as a country to the worsening food crisis. NATIONAL FOOD CRISIS FORUM PRESS RELEASE
Fikile Dikolomela-Lengene is a nurse clinician, as well as deputy president of the Young Nurses’ Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) in South Africa. She talks in this interview about the launch of the #Care4carers report, which reveals just how deeply the erosion of work rights of nurses and community health workers is undermining patient care and the pandemic response in the South African healthcare system. FIKILE DIKOLOMELA-LENGENE | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY
Three international energy research organisations have worked with Eskom trade unions to compile a report – Eskom Transformed: Achieving a Just Energy Transition for South Africa – due for release on 23 July 2020. This is the first of a three-part series on the analysis contained in the reports. JACO OELOFSEN | DAILY MAVERICK
The country’s health sector is confronting a mammoth challenge. Health officials are having to respond to questions of whether or not the country has enough hospitals, medical equipment, beds, or staff. Corruption Watch highlights almost 700 whistle-blower accounts received since its launch in early 2012 until the end of 2019. CORRUPTION WATCH
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Ingonyama Trust tried to take control of thousands of hectares of land worth almost R1 billion, which was awarded to several communities in the greater Mthonjaneni (Melmoth) area as land restitution. TANIA BROUGHTON | GROUNDUP
An advocacy group for ex-miners who have suffered debilitating lung impairment while working on South Africa’s mines has expressed concern at the slow progress of the trust that is responsible for compensating affected miners. JAMES STENT | GROUNDUP
AFRICOM is a deadly tool used to further U.S. interests in Africa. Terrorism is a useful pretext for the U.S. to assert its power, and the lives of millions of African people are bargaining chips that are played by the United States in the New Scramble for Africa. TUNDE OSAZUA | BLACK AGENDA REPORT
The US is waging multiple fronts of war against Syria, including brutal sanctions while claiming concern over the wellbeing of Syrian civilians – the vast majority of whom are suffering as a direct result of US policies. EVA BARTLETT | RT
In France, the strength of public services’ and students’ protests delayed the worst reforms of the global neoliberal transformation of higher education. It remains almost free and most staff are public servants. In recent years, however, a growing number of exceptions have greatly weakened this standard.
HARARI-KERMADEC, IHADDADENE, PORCHEROT | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY
Environmental activists have sued Ghana’s government to stop a proposed mining project in a protected national forest, which they say endangers their health and well-being. KWASI GYAMFI ASIEDU | THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are walking off the job today in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. AARON MORRISON | PEOPLE’S WORLD
Twenty-first century China is capitalist. This represents a dramatic transformation for a country that had basically eliminated private ownership of the means of production by the end of the 1950s, while engaging in some of the twentieth century’s most radical political experiments during the following decade. ELI FRIEDMAN
Described as the “pope of liberal Zionism” and a “bellwether for the American Jewish community”, Peter Beinart has provoked a storm by renouncing the two-state solution and urging equality for all – Israelis and Palestinians. JONATHAN COOK
Israeli occupation forces raided the Yabous Cultural Centre and The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and confiscated documents and equipment, after detaining the centers’ directors PLO
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