When colonialist Cecil John Rhodes died, he asked to be buried in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills. His gravesite has long been a popular and lucrative tourist destination. As the threat of COVID-19 has shuttered the site and killed the nation’s tourism industry, local people are renewing the debate over whether the polarizing politician deserves to stay.
Construction of a $52 million solar photovoltaic power plant in Kisangani is on hold as the world fights the pandemic. The suspension is a letdown for hundreds hired to work at the plant – and a setback for the growing region after decades of blackouts and power outages.
Empty shelves of face masks and sanitizers have made headlines around the world in the wake of the global coronavirus crisis. But in Zimbabwe, another medical shortage – with life-threatening consequences – is quietly sweeping the country.
Informal vendors in Mexico, many of them women, enjoy autonomy and flexibility in how they work. But the coronavirus crisis has underscored the drawbacks – and dangers – of operating outside the formal economy.