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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

Ugandan NGO Opposes AIDS Bill

Members of civil society and security organisations want the Ugandan Parliament to two sections of the controversial HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to criminalise a person who attempts or intentionally pass on HIV to another person.

The Northern Regional Prisons Commander, Alfred Okullu, warns that it will not be easy to prove that one has intentionally transmitted HIV/AIDS to another person.

"More resources should be invested in behavioural change in the fight against HIV/AIDS," explains Okullu.

Sonke to Apply for Court Order Against Malema

The Sonke Gender Justice Network intends applying for a court order against African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema, for neither filing appeal papers relating to the hate speech ruling against him nor paying the R50 000 fine ordered by the court.

The organisation’s government and media relations manager, Mbuyiselo Botha, points out that Malema’s legal team missed dates to file papers for appeal and have also failed to apply for condonation.

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.

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.

Parliament to Fill SABC Vacancies – Kholwane

Parliament is moving ahead to fill the four vacancies on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) board, with its communications committee due to meet next week to draw up a shortlist of candidates.

Communications committee chairperson, Eric Kholwane, states that should another member resigns in the interim, the board could be left without the necessary quorum to take decisions.

Four Days Left for Zim Immigrants to Register

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents. In a press statement, home affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, points out that, "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet."

Zuma Urges South Africans to Fight Poverty

President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to stand up and fight poverty.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the Day of Goodwill at Mpendle in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, Zuma urged communities to form themselves into the groups and be part of government's poverty alleviation programmes.

The president called on people to stand up and cultivate the land, adding that funds are available to help organised groups who want to start projects to uplift themselves.

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