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Emma McGarrity

Journalist and Writer

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The Big Issue, South Africa
11/16/2012
Table Mountain untouched by New 7 Wonders of Nature legitimacy concerns

As South Africa gears up to celebrate Table Mountain’s December 1 official inauguration as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, there is still speculation around the legitimacy of the competition following misrepresentation claims and allegations of winner

The Big Issue, South Africa
11/12/2012
Malawi backtracks on lifting homosexuality ban

Malawi’s Justice Minister has denied reports that the government has suspended anti-homosexual legislation pending a parliamentary debate on decriminalising homosexual acts, despite previously speaking out to support the move.

The Big Issue, South Africa
02/25/2013
Vietnam's thirst for 'drink of millionaires' drives up demand

The surge in demand for rhino horn - now worth more than gold on the black market - has been fuelled by the emergence of a thriving new marketplace for it in the East: Vietnam. Here, rhino horn is not used as much for palliative traditional medicines as i

The Big Issue, South Africa
02/25/2013
Risks emerge in popular teen acne drug which doubles as contraceptive

Diane 35 - a popular acne drug widely prescribed to young women and teenage girls - is under review by the South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) following a move to ban the drug in Frnace where it has been linked to the deaths of four women.

The Big Issue, South Africa
03/25/2013
Inmates choice - breaking the criminal cycle

With the highest incarceration rate in Africa, South Africa’s prisons are filled to the brim with men trapped in a cycle of gangs, crime and doing time. Far from affording them the opportunity to redeem themselves, the country’s prisons — sardonically ref

The Big Issue, South Africa
04/25/2013
Small farmers in a stir as government remains weak on tea trademark

Following a national outcry in February after the South African public discovered that a French company is attempting to trademark the name “rooibos”, Emma McGarrity travelled to the Western Cape’s red tea growing region to investigate what the impact wil

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