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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 short-term move for the ultimate long-term gain it is [...]

Mar 30th, 2020|

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 home, and stock up on various supplies, the less [...]

Mar 27th, 2020|

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 of indispensable liberal freedoms”. Human rights are about more [...]

Mar 23rd, 2020|

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 uncertain, but we know that it poses an immense [...]

Mar 19th, 2020|


In light of the severe impact of the COVID-19 virus and, in an effort to assist in reducing its spread, IJR staff will during the coming month, starting on the 18th of March, work remotely from their homes. A skeleton staff will during this period operate from the office in order to deal with urgent matters. During this period, [...]

Mar 17th, 2020|

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 South Africa, but in its current draft form, the [...]

Mar 16th, 2020|

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, members of the civil society called for street demonstrations. [...]

Mar 10th, 2020|

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