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

Africa will benefit from a Chinese COVID vaccine

Beijing’s new ambassador to Pretoria says South Africa will benefit when China’s anti COVID vaccine goes out to the world. Chen Xiadong was speaking at a webinar hosted by the National Press Club on the third volume by Xi Jinping on the governance of China and the 19th Central Committee

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Not the behavior of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Is Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed heading towards becoming the least deserving Nobel Peace Prize laureate since Aung San Suu Kyi? Ahmed won the coveted prize last year largely for forging a complex and difficult peace with neighboring Eritrea. In doing so he greatly assisted stability in the Horn of

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Lesotho – South Africa joint cooperation commisson back on track

The seven-year-old South Africa – Lesotho joint cooperation commission has been revitalized as the leaders of the two countries instructed last June. The mountain kingdom entirely surrounded by South Africa has had political problems this year that eclipsed its struggle with the COVID pandemic. Octogenarian Prime Minister Tom Tabane quit

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Bushiri imbroglio has become a hydra-headed diplomatic monster for South Africa and Malawi

The escape from South Africa of self-styled Malawian prophet and preacher Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary has left President Cyril Ramaphosa “embarrassed and concerned” and has dented diplomatic relations between these Southern African Development Community Partners. The matter  became a hydra-headed monster Friday with Lilongwe magistrate Viva Nyimba setting

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Western Sahara confident of South African solidarity facing Moroccan aggression

Breaking the COVID diplomatic lockdown, the ambassadors of 17 countries presented their credentials of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. Social distancing was enforced as the envoys made short speeches expressing wishes of broadening and deepening bilateral relations with South Africa before presenting the

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A ding dong diplomatic tiff with Malawi

What started as a fraternal call from a new neighbour in great need has ended in a ding dong diplomatic fracas. Nipping this in the bud will take decisive action by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera came to power

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