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Zuma Unveils New Push to Fight HIV/AIDS

President Jacob Zuma has announced a raft of policy changes to provide HIV treatment to some groups of patients earlier in the course of their disease, taking South Africa a step closer to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation.

The development is significant as it will oblige the government to extend treatment to many more people than it is at the moment, increasing the pressure to manage scarce resources more effectively.

“Let the politicisation and endless debates about HIV and AIDS stop,” says Zuma.

NGO Leaders Arrested Over Donor Funds

Zambian Home Affairs Minister, Lameck Mangani, says the country’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested two NGO officials who allegedly transferred K200 million from the organisation's account to their personal favour.

According to Mangani, those arrested are John Munsanje, executive director of the Family Health Trust (FHT) and Harrison Chibale, who is the finance and administration manager at the same organisation.

Call for NGO Activities to be Monitored

Ghana’s deputy for northern regional minister, Moses Bukari Magbenba, has called for a legislation and regulatory body to monitor the activities both local and foreign NGOs in the country. Magbenba argues that some of these organisations are not operating in the interest of their proposed beneficiaries.

Magbenba says he observed that the legislative power is needed because some NGOs have lost their focus of being non-profit entities and are making huge profits at the expense of poor communities.

NGOs Are Panicking – Shikapwasha

The Zambian government says the NGOs that are demanding that it discloses the names of organisations that have been pocketing donor funding are panicking.

Chief government spokesperson, Ronnie Shikapwasha, says those challenging the government to disclose the names of the NGOs involved in cheating should not panic because the police are doing a professional job.

Lieutenant-general, Shikapwasha, who is Information and Broadcasting Services minister, says he does not see reasons why Transparency International Zambia should be agitated with the revelations.

Zimbabwe Deports UN Rights Expert

United Nations human rights expert, Manfred Nowak, has been deported from Zimbabwe on 29 November 2009 after being detained by security officials on arrival overnight.

Nowak says he had been invited to that country by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai whose power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe is under severe strain.

Nowak points out that, “I had not anticipated this. This is a serious diplomatic incident."

Shiceka Criticised Over Moutse Referendum

ANC Accuses Shiceka Over Moutse
The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo has accused Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka, of jumping the gun by trying to resolve the Moutse border dispute through a referendum.

ANC provincial secretary, Joe Maswanganyi, says Shiceka should wait for an ANC national executive committee task team to interact with local structures before making a decision. He further urged Shiceka to listen to what the people of Moutse are saying.

Stats SA Gears for Census 2011

Statistics South Africa has set in motion the operational plans and processes that will culminate in Census 2011, a national priority and the third under the democratic administration.

Statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, says that this is a massive logistical exercise that dwarfs all other nationwide mobilisation.

Lehohla argues that a census is deemed the largest mobilisation in times of peace, adding that even war is dwarfed by a census.

SA Drops in International Rating

South Africa has dropped four places in the global index of African governance due to concerns about the rule of law, transparency, corruption and human rights.

Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s 2009 Index of African Governance puts Mauritius tops the list as the best governed country in Africa, a position the island state has held since the index was started two years ago.

South Africa ranks 9th, dropping from 5th place last year, while its neighbouring state, Botswana, remains in fourth position.

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