South Africa’s lockdown may push Zimbabwe to the edge

As South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown comes into effect, the ramifications of this decision will be felt strongly across the Southern African region, most acutely by its northern neighbour, Zimbabwe. Although the unprecedented decision to lockdown Africa’s most advanced economy comes with serious consequences, it was largely welcomed as a necessary [...]

By |Mar 30th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

We have to ramp up safeguards for the most vulnerable if we are to overcome pandemics like Covid-19

As South Africa braces itself for a lockdown due to the Covid-19 or coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans that the country is prepared for the pandemic and that it has been for some time. Whilst the affluent retreat into the comfort of their homes, to self-isolate, work from [...]

By |Mar 27th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Human Rights Day reminds us of our progress and failures

What do we mean when we think about human rights? In The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, United States historian Samuel Moyn suggests that, “when people hear the phrase ‘human rights,’ they think of the highest moral precepts and political ideals” and the term brings to mind “a familiar set [...]

By |Mar 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Trust in the time of Covid-19 – do we believe the state can handle the outbreak?

"The world is facing a medical emergency far graver than what we have experienced in over a century." These were the strong words that President Cyril Ramaphosa used in his address to the nation on Sunday evening to announce government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Much about the virus remains [...]

By |Mar 19th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The NHI could provide a dose of social justice for South Africa

The recent State of the Nation address gave President Cyril Ramaphosa the opportunity to confirm the vision of the rollout of National Health Insurance (NHI). Equity, access, rights and participation are core elements of social justice that are essential to health promotion. The NHI presents a prime opportunity to improve social justice across [...]

By |Mar 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Burundi’s 2020 elections: What is at stake?

In May 2020, Burundians will be casting their vote in a ballot that will see a new president elected, replacing the incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza. The 2015 elections were preceded by violent street riots that culminated in a failed military coup and increased political tensions. In the aftermath of the coup, [...]

By |Mar 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

Climate change is fuelling social tensions and conflict

Climate change has wreaked havoc across the world — and Africa is likely to be worst hit by its destructive consequences. There have been droughts, floods, cyclones and locusts, all of which have placed a strain on natural resources.  Climate change causes land degradation, which is exacerbated in some countries [...]

By |Mar 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

What does the Budget speech mean for social cohesion?

Notwithstanding that Minister Tito Mboweni may have wanted to call it something else, the Budget Speech made it clear that we are now in austerity territory, writes Jaynisha Patel  Inequality is considered to be one of the most divisive features of South African society, and it is also considered to be [...]

By |Mar 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

IJR and ISS Host an Expert Roundtable on Strategies to Implement the African Union Transitional Justice Policy

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), based in Cape Town, South Africa and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is jointly hosting an IJR-ISS Expert Roundtable on Strategies to Implement the African Union Transitional Justice Policy, as a pathway towards preventing violent conflict and consolidating #peace and #security. [...]

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