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

South Africa sends troops to evacuate nationals trapped in Mozambique

headline: South Africa sends troops to evacuate nationals in Mozambique President Cyril Ramaphosa is in an urgent meeting with his Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapsia-Nqakula today following his announcement that he’s sent troops to Mozambique to evacuate South Africans trapped there by ISIS-affiliated jihadis fighting government forces. At least on South

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Bafana Bafana is beaten by a sense of entitlement

So Bafana Bafana are out of the Afcon Cup to be played in Cameroon next January and February. Losing 2-0 to Sudan in last week’s qualifier was the final nail in the coffin. The team slunk home and very little has been heard from them. I will spare their blushes

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Refusing to speak to the media makes one look silly

A disturbing piece of television during national women’s month. A female student talking-to a television reporter is bearded by a male colleague.  “We are protesting,” he says. “No interviews” and with that he pushes her in the small of her back into the throng of toy toying youth. She doesn’t

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South African Covid variant can evade antibodies to reinfect, tests show

The South African variant of the coronavirus has caused an “amazing and terrifying” infection spike in the country already hardest hit by the virus in Africa, according to  The United States this week joined countries in slamming their doors on travellers from South Africa, which has itself closed its land borders

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Trump: the media is partly to blame

Of course Donald Trump had to be impeached. There had to be consequences for inciting the deadly attack on the Capitol that left five people, including a police officer, dead. Sweeping up the mob is far more serious that the abuse of power that got Trump impeached last year. He

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Delay in COVID vaccine’s arrival infuriates South Africans

Battling an unprecedented new wave of COVID 19 infections, South Africans have returned to a lockdown regime last seen five months ago.It includes a ban on alcohol sales, an extension of a curfew from 9pm until 6am, the closure of all beaches, lakes, dams and rivers and new restrictions on

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South Africa has more than a million COVID infections

The belief that South Africa avoided the worst of the COVID 19 pandemic by swiftly implementing one of the strictest lockdowns on the planet last March is evaporating. The fear is looming that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be forced to implement a second economically crippling set of measures to contain

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