World Health Organization criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

Moeti praised South Africa for following international health regulations and informing WHO as soon as its national laboratory identified the variant. “The speed and transparency of the South African and Botswana governments in informing the world of the new variant is to be commended,” said Moeti. “WHO stands with African countries which had the courage … Read more

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries over Omicron concerns

The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new Omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions. “Travel restrictions … Read more

‘A storm in a teacup’: South African medics try to calm fears over Covid variant threat to Christmas

What do we know about the Omicron variant?  Scientists have said they are concerned about the B.1.1.529 variant, named by the World Health Organisation as Omicron, as it has around 30 different mutations – double the amount present in the Delta variant.  The mutations contain features seen in all of the other variants but also … Read more

‘More infectious and vaccine resistant’ Botswana Covid variant is driving South African surge

A new Covid variant that has more mutations than have ever been seen before is becoming dominant in South Africa and is feared to be ultra infectious and vaccine resistant, scientists warned today. Experts said the variant is growing ‘very quickly’ in South Africa and is driving the country’s surge in infections.  Around 100 cases … Read more

African company works to replicate Moderna’s COVID vaccine, without permission, to address unequal access

Cape Town, South Africa — There are huge gaps in the availability of COVID-19 vaccines between different countries. Just 10% of people in Africa have received a single dose, compared to 63% across North America or 62% in Europe. CBS News correspondent Debora Patta found a start-up in South Africa that hopes to redress that imbalance … Read more

How Mami Wata Is Reinventing Surf Style With a South African Lens

Photo: Courtesy of Mami Wata The label officially launched in 2017 from South African co-founders Peet Pienaar, Nick Dutton, Andy Davis, and Masekela, but it only officially launched in the U.S. last month. The label made its American debut with a new, unisex collection that’s available to shop now. The new line includes graphic pieces … Read more

South African Novelist Of ‘When The Lion Feeds’ – Deadline

Wilbur Smith, whose multiple novels on South Africa won him international acclaim, died today at his Cape Town home. He was 88 and no cause of death was given on the author’s official website. “Global bestselling author Wilbur Smith died unexpectedly this afternoon at his Cape Town home after a morning of reading and writing … Read more

AFRICAN Rapper Affiliated w/ Drake Disses Black Americans: ‘They Have No Culture’!!!

There’s a very heated war brewing on Black Twitter, after a popular Nigerian rapper from Toronto made some extremely disrespectful comments towards Black Americans, MTO News has learned. The rapper, who goes by the name Pressa, said that Black Americans, “have no culture” and that they “don’t even know what island they from.” Look: Pressa … Read more

South African playwright and novelist Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for ‘The Promise’

Issued on: 04/11/2021 – 07:52 South African playwright and novelist Damon Galgut on Wednesday won the 2021 Booker Prize for “The Promise”, his third shortlisted novel which chronicles a family in his homeland from the late apartheid era through to Jacob Zuma’s presidency. Spanning several decades, the book shows the family’s growing disintegration as the … Read more

Sian Proctor, the first African American woman to pilot a spacecraft: ‘The reality is that solving for space solves for Earth’

After I got my PhD, I really wanted to gift myself something special, so I said: I’m going to go get my pilot’s license. Then, at 38, somebody sent me an email saying, NASA’s looking for astronauts, you should apply. I had no idea how they even selected astronauts. And when I looked at the … Read more