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A researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in December 2021. African countries were penalized by Canada’s travel ban even though they discovered the Omicron variant via complex sequencing work when western nations failed to. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

I was ensnared in Canada’s harsh and unscientific African travel ban

Ottawa’s travel ban against African countries made clear its underlying policy: What matters is not your test result, but where you’ve been. It’s yet another example of anti-Africa discrimation.
South Africa has an impressive record of marine biological research in protected areas, but the country needs to pay greater attention to the human aspects. Doug Lang

Protected marine areas should serve nature and people: a review of South Africa’s efforts

The social, ecological and governance objectives of marine protected areas need to be understood to enhance benefits to both people and the environment.
A man protesting in New York City one year after the violent insurrection in Washington, D.C. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Prosecuting Trump would inevitably be political – and other countries have had mixed success in holding ex-presidents accountable

Criminal charges against former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could spark political consequences – not only for Trump, but for US democracy.
Holidaymakers relax on the South Beach during New Year festivities in Durban after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions. Photo by Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa has changed tack on tackling COVID: why it makes sense

The South African government has chosen a pragmatic approach that balances the potential direct and detrimental indirect effects of Covid.
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Explainer: How South Africa’s petrol price is set

South Africa hasn’t achieved its policy objective of deregulating the fuel price because vested interests have opposed this, and the government doesn’t have the political will to implement the policy.
Women are more likely to work in sectors hit hard by the pandemic, like hospitality. Guillem Sartorio/AFP

New research: how Covid-19 has made life harder for South African women

The pandemic has increased vulnerability and poverty for female-headed households more than for male-headed households.

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