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Human rights and COVID restrictions: what South Africans are willing to give up

Human rights and COVID restrictions: what South Africans are willing to give up

SOUTH Africa’s constitutional democracy guarantees citizens certain basic human rights. But the regulations that attended South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic severely limited some of those rights. These include the right to freedom of movement and assembly, and the right to work or trade. Authors NARNIA BOHLER-MULLER, Divisional Executive, Developmental, Capable and Ethical State research division, Human Sciences Research Council BENJAMIN ROBERTS, Acting Strategic Lead: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division, and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Human Sciences Research Council STEVEN GORDON, Senior Research Specialist., Human Sciences Research Council YUL DEREK DAVIDS,…
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Morocco’s tough COVID restrictions hammer tourism sector

Morocco’s tough COVID restrictions hammer tourism sector

AHMED ELJECHTIMI BUSINESSES working in Morocco's key tourism sector say the country's tough COVID-19 restrictions, including a full flight ban, are undermining its competitiveness compared to rival destinations. Morocco shut its borders in late November and will only reopen them at the end of January. It has also banned new year celebrations and is enforcing its vaccine pass requirements more strictly in response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. "These restrictions are unjustified and they have made Morocco lose tourists to Mediterranean competitors such as Egypt and Turkey," said Lahcen Zelmat, head of Morocco's hotel federation. Tourism generated $8…
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Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run open to the world again this year

Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run open to the world again this year

AS an increasingly vaccinated world starts fighting its way back to a semblance of normality, it’s almost time again for the eagerly-anticipated annual Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run (MRWR), taking place this year on Sunday 5 December 2021. The event, which honours and remembers iconic global statesperson Nelson Mandela, will again take place in hybrid fashion, with the physical form at Tshwane’s Union Buildings for a restricted number of 1000 people, and the virtual form being open to participants globally who wish to take part in this special event. COVID restrictions forced the bulk of the event to take place…
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Namibia eases coronavirus restrictions to attract tourists

Namibia eases coronavirus restrictions to attract tourists

NAMIBIA has further eased restrictions for international tourists to try to prevent the collapse of a sector hit by the coronavirus pandemic after the country closed its borders in March. The Tourism Ministry has announced that tourists could go to their pre-booked destinations and take part in activities for up to five days, after which they will be tested for the virus. If they stay at their pre-booked destination for less than five days they can proceed to another destination without a test. In rules introduced in July, tourists had to quarantine at their first destination for seven days, which…
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South Africa relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

South Africa relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER INSPIRED by decreased levels of infections and reduced hospital admissions, South Africa has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, allowing people to buy alcohol, visit beaches and other public places. SA president Cyril Ramaphosa said the country will remain on COVID-19 Alert Level 3 but announced the following relaxed measures. Curfew hours will now be from 11pm to 4amRestaurants and other establishments have to close at 10pmDuty-free shops, registered wineries, wine farms, micro-breweries and micro-distilleries will be able to sell alcohol for off-site consumption during their normal licensed operating hours.The sale of alcohol by licensed premises for on-site consumption –…
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