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An imam leads the prayer during the funeral for COVID-19 coronavirus victims at a mosque in Cape Town. MARCO LONGARI /AFP - GettyImages

Funeral rites and Covid-19: what must be done to respect tradition and keep people safe

It is important that procedures surrounding funerals are developed by public health officials alongside traditional and religious authorities.
Sathima Bea Benjamin was seldom recognised during her lifetime as a performer. Ian Bruce Huntley

The marginalised African Songbird who finally became visible again

It took ages for one of African jazz's hidden masterpieces to be reissued. Still today, four decades later, 1976's 'African Songbird' tells volumes about the politics of the time.
For black women demands for equal dignity and fairness do not necessarily entail a desire to do away with male leadership in the home, community and country. EPA/Jim Hollander

Why black women in South Africa don’t fully embrace the feminist discourse

National Women’s Day in South Africa marks the historic protest in 1956 of women against apartheid policies. But, six decades on, black women have yet to fully embrace feminism as a discourse.

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