Opinion

Opinion

Xenophobia does not tell the full story of migration in South Africa

By Shannon Morreira, University of Cape Town and Tamuka Chekero, University of Cape Town The dominant story of migration in South Africa is that of xenophobia. The subject is regularly in the news with the focus on both incendiary political rhetoric and acts of violence against foreign nationals. The anti-migrant sentiment stems largely from South

Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and informal economies

John Luiz, University of Cape Town In 2003, Thabo Mbeki – then president of South Africa – described South Africa’s economy as being like a two-storey house. The top floor was quite plush, with all the fittings packed neatly together. He referred to this as the modern, diversified economy within South Africa. Below that level,

Challenges of Treating Customers Fairly in Funeral Insurance Industry

The principles of Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) universally apply across all industries be it a provider of tangible goods, services or credence value goods. In the services industry where sold value is not easily demonstratable treating customers fairly is of great importance. Regulators especially in the financial and insurance sector require providers to deliver six

Critical Reflections on Zimbabwean journalism under ‘digital siege’ 

By Prof Admire Mare EVERY year the rest of the world celebrates the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, which was set aside to promote the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate the state of press freedom, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who

Diaspora: 14 Reasons Why An Increasing Number Of Diasporans Are Being Buried Abroad

By Tose Gava EVIDENTLY, the proportion of diasporans being buried abroad has been increasing exponentially over the past few years. At the peak of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the figures further increased due to lockdowns, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines in most jurisdictions. I know cases of diasporans who were left with no option but

How informal sector organisations in Zimbabwe shape notions of citizenship

Kristina Pikovskaia, University of Oxford Since the late 1990s, as companies in Zimbabwe have shut down and laid off workers due to the country’s economic crisis, people have resorted to the informal sector to earn a living. It is estimated that 90% of Zimbabweans now have informal sector livelihoods. Gradually, informal sector organisations emerged in

Why British royals face simmering resentment in Caribbean

National flags still adorn the streets of Antigua’s capital days after the Earl and Countess of Wessex departed the island on their Platinum Jubilee Caribbean tour. People here pride themselves on the welcome offered to visitors – tourism is the country’s mainstay after all. But behind the red carpet and guard of honour upon arrival,

Youth Leading on Climate: Interview with Zimbabwe’s Elizabeth Gulugulu

By miragenews.com UN Climate Change News, 28 April 2022 -Youth play an important role in meeting the climate challenge. Young people are among the least responsible for climate change and are often among the loudest calling for action. With the UN Climate Change conference to be held in Africa this year, UN Climate Change recently

Diaspora: 10 Scenarios Where Your Funeral Director Provided Funeral Policy Will Let You Down

In my last blog 12 Reasons Why Cash Denominated Funeral Policies Are By Far Better I elaborately discussed issues of treating customers fairly through provision of suitable cover and correct advice. Needless to say, the whole idea of funeral policies is to guarantee the policyholder a dignified send-off. Transnationalism and global citizenry have however meant that

COMMENT: No Adelaide, you are totally offside

Andrew Kunambura, Editor IT is with great outrage that I learnt last week of a programme aired on ZBC TV by, and at the behest of its CEO, Adelaide Chikunguru whose sole purpose was to settle a perceived vendetta against Destiny Media Group CEO, Gilbert Nyambabvu. The programme, ‘Inside Out’, was aimed at criticising Nyambabvu

A street art mural in Zimbabwe exposes a divided society

Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti, Rhodes University The Shona and the Ndebele are Zimbabwe’s two most dominant ethnic groups. Explaining the ever-present tension between them, historian Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni points to the abuse of the post-colonial state by the ruling Shona-dominated government “in its drive to destroy Ndebele particularism”. He explains, “This sets in motion the current

CCC: New opposition party faces the same old problems

By Simon Allison JOHANNESBURG: In late January, at the Bronte Hotel—a favourite haunt of foreign correspondents in Harare – a brand-new Zimbabwean opposition party was officially launched. Just three months later, that party, known as the Citizens Coalition for Change or CCC, was celebrating what looked to be a triumphant start. In a round of by-elections late

Russia, Ukraine conflict: Exposing the West’s modern imperialist agenda

By Xavier Katanda Halford Mackinder summed it up all when he said: “The one that governs Eastern Europe prevails over the Heartland. The one that governs the heartland prevails over the global Islands. The one that governs the global Island prevails upon the globe.” Amidst pomp and fun fare, hope to world peace was born

Masiyiwa Will Not Diversify Gates Foundation’s Approach to African Agriculture

By Ashley Fent & Elizabeth Mpofu I commondreams.org After years of public scrutiny for undemocratic decision-making, the Seattle-based Gates Foundation—one of the wealthiest and most powerful private philanthropies in the world—made headlines earlier this year when it expanded its board of trustees. In spite of an emphasis on diversity, all the new trustees have close financial ties

Diaspora: 12 Reasons Why Cash Denominated Funeral Policies Are By Far Better

The reason why funeral policies exist is that consumers need them to cover end of life expenses and guarantee themselves a dignified send off. The need is a time aged and will persist as long as life exists. Your policy should always speak to your needs and reality. A policy that treats you fairly as

No one is above the law

By Andrew  Kunambura IT might sound like a line from some typical Hollywood blockbuster movie, but the idea that “no one is above the law” underpins the whole of today’s legal system and is the essence of the rule of law. The rule of law, as outlined by renowned British Whig jurist A V Dicey

IN-DEPTH: Migrants scapegoated in South Africa as inequality and unemployment surge

By opendemocracy.net Doreen Chasi lost her brother and husband in South Africa’s 2008 xenophobic attacks in which nearly 100 foreign nationals were killed. This year, it all seems to be happening all over again. “They destroyed my stall,” Chasi told openDemocracy. “All the produce I had just purchased for resale was confiscated. That reminded me