An ambitious new government strategy to deal with abandoned mines is welcome but needs more teeth, say those in the know. Andiswa Matikinca reports

The draft national strategy aims to manage the closure of mines to mitigate negative impacts on neighbouring mines, communities and the environment. Photo © Daylin Paul/Life After Coal

It has been almost six years since #MineAlert reported that it will cost R30-billion or more to clean up and rehabilitate the thousands of abandoned mines scattered around South Africa. In a series of data-driven investigations, starting with No (dis)closure on mining’s mess, #MineAlert highlighted the legacy impacts on the environment and the health of poor communities living along the mining belt.

In May 2021 the government published a new national mine closure strategy to deal…


WanaData Nigerian member Temitope Obayendo was selected for a $1000 fellowship by Paradigm Initiative to attend a workshop in Abuja and report on digital rights. She has created a niche in health reporting and works with PharmaNews. In her report, she would be researching the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation and its implementation in Nigeria.


By Adaugo Isaac and Jean Githae

A newly released global report has revealed that women are still grossly underrepresented in the media. While some progress has been made in increasing women’s roles in news, a deep look at the Global Monitoring Media Report (GMMP) 2020, shows that women are still poorly represented across many important economic and social sectors.

At the global level, women made up only 25% of the people read about, seen or heard in the news. In Africa, the figure was much lower at 22%. …


By Ijeoma Okereke

The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) 2020 report notes that the news media lag in offering inclusive spaces for women, vulnerable and historically marginalised groups.

The current bureau chief for the Guardian Newspaper in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bridget Onochie, is the first female to attain such a position in the medium.

Mrs Onochie said she started her media career with the organisation as a book reviewer more than 15 years ago while taking part in the mandatory national youth service scheme by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Having passionately worked with the platform…


By Amina Maikori

Politics is a subject that many women feel uncomfortable speaking on. Perhaps it is a result of some of the negative practices and attitudes surrounding the topic.

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines politics as ‘the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government.’ Notably, this is what many females have been able to do from birth, the ability to wrap her father’s heart around her little finger right until she gets married and begins to influence her husband’s decisions behind the scenes.

It is probably why specific historical figures could dive into politics without…


By Eunice Owino

Although radio and television remain the most commonly used media platforms by Kenyans, there is a steady increase in the use of online news sources, read by 30% of Kenyans (Reelforge & Tifa 2019). However, the reporting on the impact of covid-19 targeting SGBV in Kenya media platforms is minimal compared to non-covid stories like political news.

  • The impact of CoviD-19 is exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex.
  • There is danger of the limited gains such as postponement of the age of marriage and gender parity in schooling, made in the recent…


While the world is shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, data on planned new mines indicates the global coal mining industry might not be winding down any time soon. Andiswa Matikinca reports

Coal citadel: 21 of the 30 proposed new mines are based in Mpumalanga province, which already accounts for 83% of South Africa’s coal production. Photo: Mark Olalde / #MineAlert

At the 47th summit of the Group of Seven (G7) nations in June, global leaders pledged to end government support for international thermal coal power generation by the end of 2021, and to eliminate inefficient fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

“We have committed to rapidly scale up technologies and policies that further accelerate the transition away from unabated coal capacity, consistent with our 2030 Nationally…


By Nyakerario Omari

A public Facebook group shared a poster on July 7, 2021 with claims that the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Interior Security Dr. Fred Matiang’i will be running for presidency alongside Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru as his running mate.


By Nyakerario Omari

Under the hashtag #FreeJacobZuma, this tweet claims that prisoners at Estcourt prison went on a hunger strike to demand the release of former South Africa president, Jacob Zuma.

With the ongoing protests in South Africa, we sought to check the authenticity of these claims.

Background

Violence spread across different parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, as pro-Zuma supporters demanded his release. Zuma was checked into Estcourt Correctional Centre on July 7, 2021. He was admitted for contempt of court and is expected to serve a 15-month jail term.

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