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ANC: Celebrating 100 Years of Existence

The African National Congress (ANC) held its 100th birthday celebrations from 6-8 January 2011 in Mangaung, Free State, where it was formed in 1912. The celebrations featured events which were attended by among others, sitting and former heads of state, ANC members and supporters from all over South Arica and the alliance partners.

Below are the messages of support to mark the ANC’s centenary:

Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Adonis Musati Project: Fundraiser

The Adonis Musati Project (AMP) was named after a young Zimbabwean man who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while queuing to get his asylum papers. The project strives to empower marginalised refugees and migrants in South Africa through fostering sustainable support networks and encouraging personal development that achieves lasting change.

AMP seeks to appoint a part-time Fundraiser to further expand its existing institutional and private donor base. This position is based in Cape Town.

Youth Dialogue

Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) was formed in 2009, conforming to the provisions of African Youth Charter, which was adopted by the African Union. The Charter defines African youth as people between the ages of 15 and 35. Membership to OAYouth is open to individuals and youth organisations, that are working to empower youth on any issues.

Humanism Has No Borders - Commemorating World Refugee Day

2012 marked the 11th anniversary of World Refugee Day, commemorated every year on 20 June. Thousands of people take time to recognise and compliment the input of people forcibly uprooted from their homes and displaced throughout the world. The annual tribute is noted by an array of events in many countries, incorporating humanitarian workers, civilians, government officials and refugees and asylum seekers.

Zim Sanctions Must Stay - NGO

Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN), a consortium of more than 20 NGOs in nine countries, says sanctions on Zimbabwe must stay intact until human and property rights violations stop.

In a press statement, ZEN coordinator, Tor-Hugne Olsen, says even after a year of a coalition government, the political, democratic and economic crisis in the country remains unchanged.

Hanekom Commends DHA on Zim Registrations

People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says the Department of Home Affairs has ‘exceeded expectations’ in its attempts to register Zimbabweans illegally in South Africa.

PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, who has been among its fiercest critics, points out that, “The officials worked hard, it was a mammoth task and they had limited time.”

Hanekom says he is hopeful that at least 220 000 Zimbabweans who applied for the dispensation would be accepted.

Kenya Criticised Over Corruption

Anti-Corruption activist, John Githongo, says not enough is being done in the fight against corruption despite commitments made by politicians under the new Kenyan constitution.

Githongo says that impunity is still prevalent in government and not solid action was being taken against individuals implicated in graft.

In the same vein, constitutional expert, Yash Pal Ghai, says that any individual implicated in graft should vacate office immediately to allow for investigations to take place.

Pro-Gbagbo Forces Abducting Opponents – HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says security forces associated with Laurent Gbagbo are abducting and ‘disappearing’ his rival's supporters.

Citing statements from numerous witnesses, the organisation says the Ivorian leaders who order and encourage these kinds of grave human rights abuses could be held accountable by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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