ISSUE #119

Covid 19: South African entry wins WHO Innovation Award


A modicum of balance must be brought to the sense of helplessness and nihilism becoming entrenched in society

Covid 19 victims are disproportionately black and brown


‘Race’ and class are big inequalities worldwide, which Covid 19 is exposing

Covid 19: Understanding the Politics of Disease and the Disease of Politics


The key is mobilisation even under the shadow of the pandemic

The plight of the Basotho under lockdown in South Africa


…better to die at home than in other people’s country where their families will not even get to see their bodies…

Virus: all that is solid melts into air


Pandemic in context of permanent crisis of neo-liberal capitalism

Network gives voice to communities resisting exploitation by mining companies


Tunatazama - We are watching

Historian Masilela dies in Thailand


He built a powerful intellectual family tree

Permeability


The Nigerian press, the public sphere and sustainable development: Engaging the post amnesty deal in the Niger Delta


Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

Linton Kwesi Johnson gave poetry back to the people


Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

The world is dancing to South Africa’s Jerusalema


Master KG’s hit a feel-good song for all!

Cyclone in Indian village stirs memories on tip of Africa


Reflections of a Habshi Yemeni Kokni Batavian African

Hometown Glory


Tapping into the artistic soul and depth of Emnambithi

ISSUE #119

Welcome to the April edition of The Journalist


In this edition we highlight issues that have informed much of the mainstream media coverage over the past 6 months.

They include the long-awaited Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, the saga of the Zondo Commission and the special public holidays of 2021. Except that we reflect on the battles for public opinion and the underlying politics of these issues, rather than merely parrot what is already in the public domain.

The contribution on the Zondo Commission challenges the idea that the commission is merely about uncovering corruption and exposing perpetrators. The contribution on the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is important because it shows how vaccine apartheid is being entrenched while ensuring profits for pharmaceutical monopolies at the expense of public health.

We also spotlight a momentous event of March 1871 – the Paris Commune –which inspired thousands to envisage a new society and which still resonates today in the form of a housing commune in Cape Town.

Our Arts section highlights the impact of the Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960 on artists in South Africa and in exile and how the massacre resulted in a surge of artistic creativity and imagination. As befits the first edition of 2021 we also feature a poignant article revealing the state of public schools where children of the poor bear the brunt of bureaucratic incompetence.

We also publish an obituary to Lovell Fernandez, one of the unsung heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle and a contributor to the understanding of social justice and law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).


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