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1 August, 2014
A special issue of African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) on the structural drivers of HIV has just been published.
29 July, 2014
The numbers from South Africa's largest mobile phone retailer show that a massive shift is happening in the smartphone market.

The shift from feature phones to smartphones in South Africa is happening faster than anyone could have imagined just a few months ago.

Sales figures from the country’s largest mobile phone retailer, PEP stores, reveal a radical transformation in the phone-buying habits of the low- and middle-income segments of South Africa’s population.
17 July, 2014

A few weeks ago, Sun City employees downed tools after discovering that the resort’s management had allegedly installed hidden cameras, without informing workers. This subsequently led to dismissal of hundreds of workers, accused by Sun City of ‘stealing food and beverages’.

2 July, 2014
Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi addressed the concerns raised during the tuberculosis (TB) Conference in his presentation. He emphasised the government’s plans and strategies to stop the spread of TB, to increase the identification and treatment of TB patients.
2 July, 2014
The National Department of Health introduced latest developments of the new South Africa TB management guidelines.

Dr Lindiwe Mvusi, Director in the TB Control and Management Cluster within the National Department of Health discussed the new developments of the South Africa TB management guidelines. The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a guide for health practitioners in making appropriate decisions when managing TB patients.
2 July, 2014
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated, it has claimed many lives in the past. There is an urgent need for vaccination to prevent the disease.

Opening the second plenary of the conference was Dr Willem Hanekom, Director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccines Initiative (SATVI) talking about the need for vaccination to prevent TB. During his opening statement he emphasised the necessity to replace or to improve the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine.
2 July, 2014
This was the headline goal at the opening of the conference.
 
12 June, 2014

To be faithful to South Africa and to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution in terms of their oath or affirmation of office, takes precedence above any other duty of Members of Parliament - including political party interests.

As such, Members of Parliament have a primary constitutional duty, apart from their combined legislative authority, to scrutinise and oversee executive action and to provide a national forum for public consideration of issues - to ensure accountable, responsive and open government.

11 June, 2014
In a post-apartheid South Africa, poor black people still face evictions, demolitions and continue battling for land and housing. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), attempts to strengthen organising against unlawful evictions, using the powerful ‘Dear Mandela’ documentary as an entry point.
11 June, 2014
We generally have a good system at home: no matter what happens, there is always a bedtime story. Generally. But there are those days when extra murals run late, homework piles up and before you know it, time has slipped by before we have had a moment to read. As a result, I have had to sometimes get creative with my family to sneak reading into our everyday lives - even if it is just 15 minutes a day.  
 
4 June, 2014
The Global Health for Social Change Internship (GHSCI) is an unpaid field placement programme that offers an opportunity for students to be embedded with a local or international public health non-governmental organisation (NGO) - while experiencing total cultural immersion by living with a host family.
22 May, 2014

The Western Cape info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available.

This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 1 200 organisations in the Western Cape involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision. Vulnerable people or families often need support in a number of areas. Our referral directory can help you solve this problem as it contains details of organisations providing services and support to vulnerable groups in all areas of the province. 

20 May, 2014
Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has successfully sourced funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the implementation of the communities forward rant over the period January 2014 to January 2019. FPD is the only prime recipient on this grant and three sub-recipients have been contracted; Society for Family Health (SFH), FHI360 and Humana People to People. USAID has identified 14 priority districts for implementation of the grant. 
16 May, 2014

Mesedi.org (Medical Service Directory) is a North-Star Alliance funded FPD Compass initiative that seeks to create an easy to access directory of health services in the SADC region.

13 May, 2014
Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in partnership with the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence against Women (NCK) and Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden have completed the three year Gender-Based Violence Capacity Development Project through a generous grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. SIDA donated six million Swedish Kronor (SEK 6 000) towards the success of the project.
13 May, 2014
The adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention to lifelong HIV care and treatment remain major challenges in many countries in the developing world. Whilst the South African ARV treatment programme has been rapidly scaled up, adherence to ART and retention in care has been estimated to be at less than 60 percent after more than four years on treatment.
29 April, 2014

Phumeza Tisile, one of only a few South Africans who beat XDR-TB each year, will be going to the World Health Assembly to demand urgent change in the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), change which will save lives. 
 
Drug-resistant TB is on the rise in South Africa, with 15 000 cases diagnosed last year, double the number of cases recorded only four years before. Khayelitsha, where an Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project is located, has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world.
 
29 April, 2014
Every Tuesday, an enterprising church minister from Rondebosch packs a box of theatre props and heads out to a nutrition rehabilitation centre in Crossroads on the Cape Flats. There, he tells stories and reads books to young children for who the squatter camp is both home, and the full extent of their worlds. As he arrives, they gather excitedly around his car, eager to help carry in the toys and finger puppets that make the stories come alive.  
 
23 April, 2014
South Africa is now officially the most unequal society in the world - and if we do not have the courage to tackle this issue, “we are in trouble”. So said Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and prominent political analyst, in the closing address to the 5th Annual CSI Conference.
23 April, 2014
At Tshikululu, “practical knowledge is combined with strategic thinking and sound governance to create flexible, well-managed fund portfolios” for corporate social investment (CSI).

This service differs from CSI efforts managed by companies’ marketing departments, where the focus invariably is on linking social investment with commercial activity.