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e-News bulletin 31 July 2020

 

Houses demolished, families evicted near East London Airport

During his visit to the Port Elizabeth area, Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize admitted that the health facilities in the Eastern Cape are in an appalling state.
JOSEPH CHIRUME

Only one pit toilet for learners at Eastern Cape school

Despite government’s repeated promises to upgrade sanitation facilities in South African schools, pit toilets are all that is available to 200 learners at the school, and only one is usable.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRICK
Residents who have been without electricity for years marched to City Power demanding that they be connected to the grid.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI
According to gender activists, the lockdown due to covid-19 has tightened the grip abusers have over their victims at home.
LILITA GCWABE
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Coronavirus in South Africa: Why the low fatality rate may be misleading

Be wary of statistics. Could South Africa's low fatality rate for Covid-19 patients be as low as 1.4% compared with 15% in the UK?
ANDREW HARDING | BBC

‘Our epidemic could exceed a million cases’ — South Africa’s top coronavirus adviser

Salim Abdool Karim says the country must rediscover its community spirit to deal with a coming surge in infections.
LINDA NORDLING | NATURE

Covid-19 Emergency & Lockdown: What went wrong and what will it take to fix it?

South Africa is at a crossroads. All of the strengths we have as a society, which could and should have been mobilised against Covid-19 still exist. We can still save lives, rebuild livelihoods, and birth a better society.
MARK HEYWOOD | DAILY CITIZEN

'Workers had to resort to using refuse bags to protect themselves' - Nehawu report

The labour union has uncovered shocking and dangerous working conditions under which health workers and staff have to perform their duties in some hospitals in the country.
AZARRAH KARRIM | NEWS24

IMF warns COVID-19 pandemic could widen economic gender gap

The health crisis, which will lead to a 4.9 percent contraction in global GDP, affects women more than men because they hold more jobs in the hardest-hit sectors.
AFP

Capitalism May Not Survive The 2020 Global Crisis

The current global crisis triggered by Covid-19 is the third capitalist crash in this century. And governments’ incapacity to consider non-capitalist solutions threatens to keep deepening this crisis into capitalism’s worst.
RICHARD D. WOLFF | RT

US Capitalism Is In Total Meltdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is like Hurricane Katrina, but for the entire country. And things are only going to get worse.
SARAH JAFFE | THE PROGRESSIVE

Journalism: The essential non-essential

COVID-19 re-affirmed journalism is a public good, yet as newsrooms collapse, journalism is in danger.
ISAAC OTIDI AMUKE | AFRICA IS IS A COUNTRY

Here’s what we know so far about the long-term symptoms of COVID-19

Sufferers with mild illness might expect to get better after a few weeks. But there’s mounting evidence this isn’t the case, and covid-19 may leave a long-lasting impression on its victims.
PETER WARK | THE CONVERSATION

                SOUTH AFRICA

Durban is “waging war” on the poor during a pandemic, says shack dweller movement

Thirteen shacks were demolished in Khenana informal settlement in Cato Manor in Durban on Tuesday. The operation involved the Durban Metro Police, the Anti-Land Invasion Unit, and Calvin and Family property developers.
NOKULUNGA MAJOLA | GROUNDUP

Rural Mpumalanga residents assaulted during lockdown

Residents of a small village near Amsterdam in Mpumalanga recount the violent punishments meted out to them by local police officers.
MAGNIFICENT MNDEBELE | NEW FRAME

“I can’t even feed my children” says unemployed farmworker

Over 30 farm workers claim the owners of Paardekop Vrugte in Citrusdal in the Western Cape unfairly dismissed them. They also argue that their eviction from hostels on the farm was illegal.
MARY-ANNE GONTSANA | GROUNDUP

The IMF’s $4bn loan for South Africa: the pros, cons and potential pitfalls

The International Monetary Fund has approved a R70-billion loan for South Africa to help the country manage the fallout from covid-19. The most significant downside is that the loan is denominated in foreign exchange.
DANNY BRADLOW | THE CONVERSATION

IMF Executive Board Approves US$4.3 Billion in Emergency Support to South Africa to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Once the pandemic is behind, there is a pressing need to ensure debt sustainability and implement structural reforms to support the recovery and achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.
IMF PRESS RELEASE

‘Academic boys’ to ‘sex jaros’: What it means to be a Black boy in a South African township

Toxic masculinities help drive everything from HIV infection rates to gender-based violence. But before we ask, what does it mean to be a ‘man’ in South Africa, should we wonder what it’s like to be a boy?
MALOSE LANGA | BHEKISISA

Anonymously threatened with gang rape and murder, SA teenager takes Facebook Inc to court to disclose perpetrator

Graphic threats of gang rape and murder from an anonymous Instagram account to a 13-year-old South African, feature as the centrepiece in a soon-to-be heard landmark court action aimed at compelling US-owned Facebook Inc to disclose the identity of the perpetrator.
MARIANNE THAMM | DAILY MAVERICK

5G tower can be set up in your garden

A new government policy proposal for the rapid rollout of 5G technology allows networks to build a 5G tower on your property.
TANYA WATERWORTH, DUNCAN GUY | IOL

               INTERNATIONAL

Bolivia: 'Beyond The Elections We have To Recover The State'

The situation in Bolivia is still volatile with elections postponed to 18 October. In this interview with Antonio Abal, who was a consul in Argentina but from the revolutionary left, he reflects on the reality of his country.
CARLOS AZNAREZ | RESUMEN ENGLISH

Wamba, militant African intellectual and friend

Ernest Wamba dia Wamba passed away on 15 July. He combined a lifelong commitment to emancipatory politics with a deep-seated African humanism.
MICHAEL NEOCOSMOS | NEW FRAME

               RACIAL JUSTICE

In conversation with Gary Younge

The renowned journalist and professor of sociology speaks about racism in the United States and Europe, Black Lives Matter and where it is he feels at home.
PERCY ZVOMUYA | NEW FRAME

               DEBATE

Are we living through a moment of lasting change? Two authors discuss Black Lives Matter, the Harper’s letter and where we go from here
PANKAJ MISHRA, VIET THANH NGUYEN | THE GUARDIAN

               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Annexation and Apartheid Have Been the Plan From Day One

Whether Israel’s illegal appropriation of Palestinian land takes place with massive media fanfare and a declaration of sovereignty, or whether it happens incrementally, Israel has, in reality, already annexed the West Bank—not just 30 percent of it but, in fact, the whole area.
BAROUD, BAHOUR, KEARNEY | WRMEA

Israel's nightmare: The dissolution of the Palestinian Authority

The PA announced that security coordination with Israel will cease and Palestinian security forces withdrew from areas jointly monitored with Israeli forces in north and east Jerusalem shortly afterwards.
ADNAN ABU AMER | AL JAZEERA

Israel soldiers destroy Palestinian coronavirus testing centre

Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian security checkpoint used to test for coronavirus in the occupied West Bank.
MEMO
               ENVIRONMENT
It’s time for stimulus policies to live up to the rhetoric and reflect a commitment to supporting clean energy over fossil fuels.
CHIDO MUZONDO, RICHARD BRIDLE | M&G

Record 212 land and environment activists killed last year

A record number of people were killed last year for defending their land and environment, according to research that highlights the routine murder of activists who oppose extractive industries.
PATRICK GREENFIELD, JONATHAN WATTS | THE GUARDIAN

Big corporations accused of driving environmental and health inequalities in black and brown communities through toxic and climate-changing pollution are also funding powerful police groups in major US cities.
NINA LAKHANI | THE GUARDIAN

               HISTORY

While remembering their past has not prevented history from repeating itself, it is not possible for the descendants of the world’s first successful slave revolt to forget the trauma inflicted on them by their northern neighbours.
YVES ENGLER | CANADIAN DIMENSION

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