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#LockdownDiaries: Stop the spread, report fake corona news!

So here is the deal: If you are too lazy to fact-check any corona-related information before sharing it on social media and WhatsApp, from the bullshit 5G-causes-corona claim to the video of a guy saying the 10,000 field workers will use Covid-19 infected swabs to deliberately make you sick: I will report you. It hampers the fight against this disease and is putting lives on the line.

Opinion: Why statues of King Leopold II must fall

Last week, a statue of King Leopold II in Antwerp was defaced in anti-racism protests, after which the government decided to remove all statues of the man. Rightfully so. It is time we stop glorifying white supremacists who in the name of civilisation pillaged, plundered, murdered and maimed their ways through other countries.

Roar in peace, Denis Goldberg (1933-2020)

Roar in peace, you legend. I had the honour of interviewing you once in your home in Hangberg, Hout Bay, sometime in 2010. You were late for our talk, which lasted 2 hours, and you offered me giant samoosas as an apology. It was the most memorable interview of my entire career, for more than one reason.

(Story ENG) Fighting plastic pollution

(MindSpace Magazine, 2019) - The world is drowning in plastic pollution, with microplastics (particles that are smaller than 5 mm) being now found in everything from the water we drink to the food we eat. This is a crisis that isn't just killing the planet. Human life, too, is impacted and severely so! 

Post-cyclone recovery Mozambique photos

Last year, I travelled to Mozambique for a field trip organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for some post-cyclone recovery stories for De Telegraaf. Whilst there, The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, asked me to take pictures for some of their stories, too.

The White Genocide myth: Rwanda, that was a REAL genocide

The white genocide is a myth. Rwanda in the 1990s, that was a real genocide. Every single day between April and July 1994 8,000 to 10,000 women, children and men were dragged out of their homes, churches, hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, and buses and killed for one reason: they were Tutsi or moderate Hutu. That is what genocide looks like. Sure, farm murders are bloody horrific and this issue deserves/needs/has to be addressed NOW. They are however no genocide.

#LockdownDiaries: Freelancing in times of corona

The lockdown is affecting businesses across the world, including my own freelance content business. I started the year with half a dozen regular clients and a very solid cash flow, of which only one remains., a Dutch newspaper The rest had to cut their content production contracts short, postpone them or cancel them altogether. This truly has been the scariest time ever since I started freelancing in 2007. There is a silver lining, though.

(ENG story) Bridging The Gaps Tech Challenge: disrupting our food system

The lockdown shouldn't be seen as an excuse to stagnate, but as an opportunity for innovators to co-create effective solutions to make South Africa a better place for all. This is where the Bridging the Gap food security tech challenge comes in.

#LockDownDiaries 3/21: Support your local superette

Those of you who are in lockdown (in South Africa and elsewhere) who need to go out occasionally to buy groceries: please please please support small businesses this lockdown, including your nearby neighbourhood superettes and corner shops first.

(Story NL) Drone Academy Malawi opent deuren

(29 februari 2020, Telegraaf) - Malawi heeft sinds dit jaar een drone-academie, de eerste in Afrika. Hier worden jaarlijks meer dan honderd jongeren uit verschillende landen opgeleid tot dronepiloten, -technici, en -experts. Niet om mooie foto’s of filmpjes te maken, maar om mensen te helpen.

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