South Africa

Govt Taking HIV Fight to the Farms

Limpopo Health and Social Development MEC, Dikeledi Magadzi, says she is committed to intensifying the war on HIV and AIDS on farms in the province.

The fight against the disease was in the spotlight since Magadzi was expected to be joined by Deputy Minister of Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, to extend the HIV counselling and testing campaign to farming communities over the weekend.

The two were expected to visit ZZ2 farms near Mooketsi to talk to farmworkers about the importance of knowing their status.

ANC Regime Equal to Apartheid – WikiLeaks

The African National Congress (ANC) is seen as slipping away from democratic practices reminiscent of the regime it fought to overthrow, especially in its handling of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), according to a United States diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. .
It says the ANC, which led South Africa out of apartheid had by 2010, slipped into anti-democratic practices reminiscent of the regime it fought to overthrow.

Community Radio Faces Closure

Bush Radio, one of South Africa's oldest community radio stations, might be forced to stop broadcasting due to severe financial problems.
The station’s management have launched an appeal for funds to make up R300 000 in shortfalls, saying the station is ‘teetering on the brink of closure’.

HIV Infections Outpace Prevention – Motlanthe

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says that the rate of new HIV infections continues to outpace prevention efforts.
Replying to questions in the National Council of Provinces, Motlanthe, told members there are now an estimated 5.38 million people with HIV in South Africa.
He says this translates into a HIV prevalence of 10.6 percent for the overall population, and 16.6 percent for the 15 to 29 year age group.

SAHRC: Sexwale’s Comments Not Hate Speech

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that comments made by Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, did not constitute hate speech, but were insensitive.
Rights commissioner, Sandi Baai, says that while the comments did not impinge on constitutionally-enshrined human rights, "Those holding public office should think before they make statements".
Baai says the SAHRC had considered whether Sexwale should apologise, but found there were insufficient grounds for this.

Moutse Demarcation Case Dismissed

The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by residents of Moutse, who challenged two laws that relocated parts of their municipality from the Mpumalanga to Limpopo.

The matter involving Moutse, once a cross-border municipality straddling the Limpopo-Mpumalanga border, is the last of the cases where the Constitutional Court has had to decide on the constitutionality of the legislation on cross-border municipalities and the question of public participation.

Eastern Cape Education a Paralysis - Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has noted that the national government’s intervention in the Eastern Cape Education Department, since its announcement in March this year, has stalled.

The trigger for the intervention was the dismissal of 4 000 temporary teachers, due to non-functioning school programmes, lack of monitoring and evaluation, among other reasons, which left many pupils without teachers in the province.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

ANC Criticises DA Over HRW Report

The African National Congress (ANC) accuses the Democratic Alliance led provincial government of the Western Cape for failing the exploited wine farms workers, following a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

The report ‘Ripe with Abuse: Human Rights Conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries’, which revealed that the farm workers are exploited, abused and underpaid by their employers in that province.

ANC provincial leader, Marius Fransman, states that the national government needs to intervene the province’s wine and fruit industry.


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