Scientific Fact or Fake News in the era of the COVID pandemic

The COVID19 pandemic has brought about a paradigm shift in how we think about information. For the first time in recent history you can be arrested for creating or spreading fake news. Read this very informative blog by rural doctor Dr Madeleine Muller, from Eastern Cape. ...

Influential coalition urges President Ramaphosa to increase child support grants

As a member of this coalition, RHAP cannot emphasize enough the urgency of this intervention. ” We, a group of concerned academics, civil society leaders and other development partners, appeal to you to consider our call for an urgent increase to the value of the Child Support Grant (CSG) by R500 for a period of six months. This measure i ...

Covid-19: Lockdown responses from farmworkers to sex workers to CSOs

https://city-press.news24.com/Voices/covid-19-lockdown-responses-from-farmworkers-to-sex-workers-to-csos-20200328 ” Rensburg told Spotlight that the social mitigation measures government announce seem inadequate, particularly for the poor. “Rural communities have among the highest unemployment rates and are almost completely dependent on ...

OP-ED Covid-19: We need both physical distancing and social solidarity

By Lydia Cairncross for Spotlight• 20 March 2020 Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019, the world has been bombarded with messages about how to curb the spread of the virus. Governments have activated legislation enabling them to shut down public spaces and force people into self – isolation. As civil society organisations workin ...

STATEMENT: BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION: ESCALATION OF MEASURES TO COMBAT COVID-19 EPIDEMIC PRIORITISES LIVES, BUT NOT LIVELIHOODS

https://budgetjusticesa.org/media/budget-justice-coalition-escalation-of-measures-to-combat-covid-19-epidemic-prioritises-lives-but-not-livelihoods/ The Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) commends the South African government for the pace at which it has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and provide accurate information about the ...