Today marks the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Comrade Ruth First, South African communist and anti-apartheid fighter by security forces. Here we reproduce a short biography of her life and contribution to the struggle.
Access to clean water, for drinking and sanitation, is denied to a growing number of people in many countries. According to the
World Health organisation half the population of the world will live in water-stressed areas by 2025. Parts of Africa are already experiencing the effects of severe water scarcity – caused by a combination of climate change, the impact of interference with river catchments, industrial pollution of water sources, and urbanisation unsupported by infrastructure, as well as the effects of conflict on public health provision.
The COVID-19 pandemic is being exacerbated by the deep-rooted poverty, underdevelopment, and instability which affect the 55 countries and 1.3 billion people of the African continent – a legacy of colonial domination, post-colonial exploitation of people and resources and imperialist economic, political and military interventions today.