Produced by Jan Bornman
September 15, 2023
Poverty Pushes South Africans into Occupying Subpar Housing
South Africans living below the poverty line in the nation’s most populous city, Johannesburg, say they are pushed into occupying housing that is subpar and has a high risk of fire with minimum access to water and electricity — developments resulting from failure by housing officials to keep up with increased demands resulting from an influx of residents. For more, reporter Jan Bornman produced this report from Johannesburg.
March 09, 2023
Climate Change Devastating Women in South Africa’s Coal Regions
South African environmental group Southern Africa Resource Watch recently released a report that documents climate change significantly impacting the lives of women in coal-producing regions, who already face challenges from continuous nation-wide power cuts. For more, VOA’s Jan Bornman speaks to victims and authorities in Carolina, one of the affected areas in the nation.
February 25, 2023
South African Children Face Reading Crisis
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, basic literacy among young children has dropped in South Africa. More than 30% of South African children entering grade two do not know the alphabet, and the number of grade four pupils struggling with basic reading comprehension increased to 82% from 78% seven years ago, according to a report by a member of the country's 2030 Reading Panel. To address the issue, some private schools are spending up to 25% more time on reading and comprehension. VOA's Jan Bornman reports that South Africa's Department of Education has acknowledged the shortcomings but added that school participation and completion rates have improved over the last 20 years.
February 22, 2023
‘South Africa Literacy Rate Dropping’: Experts
South African education experts report that basic literacy among the nation’s youth has dropped since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and add that 30 percent of children entering grade two have minimum knowledge of the alphabet and that majority of grade four students struggle with basic reading comprehension. For more, VOA’s Jan Bornman speaks to educators and authorities from Johannesburg.
February 08, 2023
South Africa's Permit Exemption Deadline for Zimbabwean Looms
About 800,000 Zimbabweans live in South Africa — the largest group of immigrants the the country — but not all of them legally. South African authorities have granted about 180,000 Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP) but stopped renewing them and announced a June deadline for Zimbabweans to get a critical skills visa or leave the country. Jan Willem Bornman reports from Johannesburg.