South Africa

World Bank Job for SA Academic

Professor Barney Jordaan, adjunct faculty member of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, will serve as a mediator with the World Bank Group Office of Mediation Services.

In a press statement, the faculty points out that, “Prof Jordaan is among only a handful of people who are selected  as external consultants to the bank based on their extensive knowledge of workplace and labour law, civil rights law, dispute resolution theory, and practice and mediation.”

ARVs Can Protect the Uninfected, Study Found

A multi-national study shows that if an HIV-positive person starts taking antiretroviral therapy early on, that is, when their CD 4 count is still high, their chances of infecting their HIV-negative partner can decrease by as much as 96 percent.
The results of the study are viewed as confirmation of untested wisdom among clinicians who have for a number of years thought that people on combination antiretroviral therapy have a lower chance of transmitting HIV to their uninfected partners.

NGO Plans to Hold Govt Officials Accountable

Afesis-corplan, an Eastern Cape-based NGO contributing to community-driven development and good local governance in the Border-Kei region, has embarked on initiatives aimed at holding public officials accountable.

The organisation’s contention is that despite extensive legal and policy provisions geared towards ensuring the practice of good local governance in South African municipalities, the reality of local governance practice often falls well short of the policy ideals.

Johannesburg Clinics Run Low on AIDS Drugs

The Gauteng Department of Health says it is dispatching an antiretroviral drug to clinics around Johannesburg that have run low on stock.

The department spokesperson, Simon Zwane, points out that, “We have done a quick investigation and established that the clinics have not kept sufficient stock.”

Zwane states that the department will be dispatching more drugs to those clinics starting today already and continuing tomorrow.

Motsoaledi Launches a Wellness Centre

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has launched the 21st Trucking Wellness Centre in Epping near Cape Town, in yet another bid to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS among truck drivers.

Motsoaledi told partners from the private sector, truck drivers and other dignitaries that similar centres along the country's major trucking routes have been extremely successful in combating the disease.

City of Johannesburg Donates to NGOs

The City of Johannesburg has donated about R1 million to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to enable them to go the extra mile to providing care for the city’s needy.

The donation, totalling R955 596, 81, was given to seven local NGOs by executive mayor, Amos Masondo, during a ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Theatre.

IEC Launches Results Operations Centre

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has launched its Results Operations Centre in Pretoria, ahead of next week’s local government elections.

IEC chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula, also announced that all election-related activities throughout the country will be coordinated from the centre, which will be based at the Pretoria Showgrounds.

Killing of Lesbian a ‘Hate Crime’ – HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has declared the brutal rape and murder of Noxolo Nogwaza, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activist who was stabbed and stoned to death in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, a hate crime.

In 2008, lesbian activist, Eudy Simelane, was raped and murdered and a gay man narrowly escaped with his life after being attacked by a mob there in 2010.

Tlali Condemns the Raping of Lesbian

An openly-lesbian 13-year-old girl has become the latest victim of ‘corrective rape' in South Africa, as government promises it is working to stamp out the horrific practice.

The teenager was raped in Pretoria, in an act designed to try to ‘fix’ her sexual orientation.

In a press statement, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development spokesperson, Tlali Tlali has condemned “this senseless and cowardly act of criminality.” Tlali argues that, "Gay and lesbian rights are human and constitutional rights which must be protected and respected at all times."

WEF: Mbeki Unveils His Public Policy Plan

Former President, Thabo Mbeki, has called for the creation of an African school of public policy to help administrators implement policies of their governments better.
His proposal in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum meeting in Cape Town was backed by academics from United Kingdom and United States institutions, but triggered an intense debate among African delegates.
Meanwhile, chief economic adviser in the Nigerian Presidency, Precious Garba, accused Mbeki of sending a message to existing African universities that they are inadequate.


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