Shell Wild Coast BLASTING: Natural Justice, Green Peace head to court

Environmental and human rights organisations supported by environmental law firm, Cullinan & Associates have filed an application for an urgent interim interdict against Shell in the Grahamstown High Court to prevent the fossil fuel firm from conducting seismic testing along South Africa’s ecologically sensitive Wild Coast marine environment. Shell’s seismic testing was due to start off … Read more

Zambian president’s first 100 days

On 24 August, Hakainde Hichilema took the oath of office as Zambia’s seventh president after inflicting a comprehensive election defeat on the incumbent, Edgar Lungu. He inherited a country with a major debt crisis and that is in economic decline. So what has he achieved in his first 100 days? On governance, Hichilema has restored … Read more

Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it’s just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021. Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it’s more of an indication of the region’s robust … Read more

Omicron latest: Nigeria confirms first cases, from SA-originating travellers

Nigeria’s public health authorities on Wednesday said the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, had been identified in samples from passengers travelling from South Africa. The heavily mutating Omicron variant – also known as B.1.1.529 – was classified as a variant of concern (VoC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 27 November, Omicron in Nigeria Covid-19 and vaccination stats … Read more

What the Omicron variant and Mashaba’s election ticket have in common

“The road to genocide in Rwanda was paved with hate speech.” — William Schabas There happen to be three fascinating analogies between the xenophobic election ticket (very popular in the recent local government elections) and the new Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the coronavirus which causes the disease known as Covid-19. They are both … Read more

Rich countries must divert Covid jabs to developing world, says Covax executive

One of the main figures behind the Covax vaccine initiative has questioned why rich countries are ramping up their booster programmes in response to the Omicron coronavirus variant, and insisted that priority should be inoculating the large number of people worldwide who are still waiting for a first jab. “The most important thing is that … Read more