South Africa

The Very Unfortunate Decision

The very unfortunate decision
or words to that effect coming
from the intellect of a human
not from the non-leafy parts

The very unfortunate decision
(a newly-married couple visiting)
to go into an area where
700 murders occur a year

Not 700 rapes
Not 700 malnourished
Not 700 femicides
in your traditional calendar year

The very unfortunate decision
tourists going into Gugulethu
tourists going into a place
where people live their lives

Men Who Have Sex with Men: An Introductory Guide for Health Workers in Africa

‘Men Who Have Sex with Men: An Introductory Guide for Health Workers in Africa’  highlights issues that are specific to men who have sex with men (MSM) and provides additional training relevant for addressing this population group. Produced by the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the manual is designed for HIV counsellors and other health workers who work in Africa and have varying degrees of expertise in addressing issues related to MSM.

HIV & AIDS and STI National Strategic Plan 2007-2011 Report

The Treatment Action Campaign's (TAC) second ‘HIV & AIDS and STI National Strategic Plan 2007-2011 (NSP) Report’ serves to provide feedback with respect to NSP targets and progress made in measuring the level of implementation using the lessons learnt from the TAC six model districts - OR Tambo in the Eastern Cape, uMgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal, Mopani in Limpopo, Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng and Khayelitsha in Western Cape. The report covers the period from July to August 2010.

Jordan Criticises ANC Over Secrecy Bill

African National Congress (ANC) veteran, Pallo Jordan, has sharply criticised the party’s plans for a media tribunal and the Protection of Information Bill, saying attempts to muzzle the modern media are a ‘fool’s errand’.

Jordan warns that the party is backing itself into a ‘lose-lose situation’, and it risks losing its credibility as a campaigner for media freedom, and the Bill possibly failing a mooted constitutional challenge.

New Twist in South Africa's AIDS War

Authorities and health experts say South Africans living with AIDS are being robbed of their lifesaving drugs so that they can be mixed with marijuana and smoked.

The concoction is called ‘whoonga’ -- less a word than an exclamation -- and it adds a bizarre twist to the war on HIV/AIDS in the world's worst-affected country just as it embarks on a massive distribution of antiretrovirals.

NGO Highlights SA’s Social Challenges

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) says that poverty, unemployment and inequality continue to hamper the South Africa’s development as a caring, just and interdependent society.

CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, argues that while the country has managed to built schools, hospitals and clinics, it has not been able to direct the resources to these institutions to enable them to function properly and deliver a quality service to the people.

CASAC’s Open Letter to Simelane

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) has written an open letter to the national director of public prosecutions (NPA), Menzi Simelane, expressing its ‘grave concern’ about his decision to prosecute the female learner in the Jules High School sexual offences matter.

SASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, is of the view that the constitutional right of the female learner will be violated in the event of her being prosecuted.

Minister Withdraws the Broadcasting Bill

According to a report by Technology website, TechCentral, communications minister, Roy Padayachie, has withdrawn the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill which among other things, proposed a one percent tax to fund the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The website reports Padayachie as saying that he is convinced much more can yet be gained by engaging in further work before a bill is presented to cabinet.

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