Jean-Jacques Cornish


"The low down on African affairs"

Journalist, Editor and authoritative commentator on African Affairs. Radio talk-show host and prominent guest speaker.

Recent African News

German Chancellor stomps on Ramaphosa’s careful diplomacy

As expected Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated today’s meeting at the Union Buildings of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The German leader stepped all over Ramaphosa’s  careful explanation of why South African abstained in a United Nations General Assembly vote condemning Russian aggression. Ramaphosa carefully

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South Africa fears a new wave of xenophobia

  There are fears that a new wave of xenophobia is building in South Africa. Driving it as movement called Dudula, which is the Zulu word for drive-back. Current hot spots are Alexandra township, were people in poverty live in sight of the salubrious business and residential area of Sandton,

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I am betting the Kuwaitis won’t change their working week

It is said other Arabic countries will follow the United Arab Emirates in adopting a Western working week. From this year, the UAE has observed Saturday and Sunday as holiday instead of Friday and Saturday as is the case in most Islamic countries. If there are further changes, my money

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Is he really running out of road?

How did we move in four short years from  the Ramaphoria  of a new president to a man whom even sympathetic analysts say has run out of road? Cyril Ramaphosa has reached the critical half-way stage of his presidential term and he will have to show his mettle in Thursday’s

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Sisulu accuses black judges of mentally colonialising South African

The over-achingly  ambitious Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is standing by an incendiary article she penned criticizing South Africa’s world renowned constitution and black judges. The article is seen as an opening volley in her bid to win the presidency at the elective congress of ruling African National Congress in December.

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Striving to become the anti-vax poster boy

He could have stopped the expulsion process dead in its tracks. All Novak Djokovic had to do was stop by a medical facility and get a COVID vaccination. He could have done this while being kept in a migrant detention facility at the start of his ill-fated latest visit to

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A diplomatic career spanning both sides of a historic divide

“African Viking,”by Pierre Dietrichsen. Dietrichsen is one of that dwindling band of diplomats who represented both the apartheid regime and South Africa’s new democracy led by President Nelson Mandela. His memoir contains gems of a unique history that includes the complex and often exasperating transition between the two. Dietrichsen writes

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Terrifying new COVID variant emerges from Botswana

South Africa’s National Institute For Communicable Diseases has confirmed that a new possibly vaccine-resistant COVID strain with 32 mutations has been detected.  Virologists are calling it the most evolved COVID strain ever, and fear it could be worse that the Delta strain. A COVID expert says what has been dubbed

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Don’t shoot the pragmatist

The nation’s flags fall to half staff today as South Africa begins a four-day official mourning period for its last white leader F.W. de Klerk. President Cyril Ramaphosa calls this a mark of respect for a predecessor. A State memorial service for de Klerk will be held a date to

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