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Zimbabwe doctors end strike without deal as unions meet government

10 January 2019

Zimbabwean doctors on Thursday ended a 40-day strike for better pay and conditions that crippled public hospitals without a deal on salary increases, their union said, but warned that members may not report for work daily due to acute fuel shortages.

The announcement by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) came just hours before public sector unions were to meet the government, which is expected to table an offer to expand cost-of-living payments in an attempt to avert unrest.

airstrike in Somalia kills 6 al-Shabaab extremists

10 January 2019

The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike in southern Somalia that killed six al-Shabaab extremists.

The US Africa Command statement on Wednesday says Tuesday's airstrike targeted an al-Shabab camp near Yaaq Braawe in the Bay region.

Two strikes on Monday near Baqdaad killed four al-Shabab members, and one on Sunday killed six al-Shabab members near Dheerow Sanle in Lower Shabelle region.
 

World Bank projects paltry GDP growth for SA in 2019

9 January 2019

South Africa’s real GDP growth will expand by a paltry 1.3% in 2019, according to a World Bank projection, putting it among the worst performers in sub-Saharan Africa.

The bank, which published its annual Global Economic Prospects on Tuesday evening, downgraded the country's projected 2019 growth rate from its June 2018 estimate of 1.8%. 

At 1.3%, SA’s projected real economic expansion will come in at under a third of the estimated 4.2% growth rate of its emerging market peers. It is also well below the projected sub-Saharan average of 3.7%.

A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

9 january 2019

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?

For decades, caesarean sections were a last resort for mothers and babies in distress. If you had access to this kind of procedure, you could count yourself among the world’s lucky.

Affluenza' the world's biggest disease

10 January 2018

The biggest disease faced in the world today is "affluenza", according to Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International.

"People believe happiness and a decent life comes from having more and more and more," the South African-born environmental activist said on Wednesday during a debate in Cape Town organised by the Green Economy Coalition and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform.

Second member resigns from Ramaphosa's Eskom Task team

10 January 2018

A second member of President Cyril Ramaphosa's task team on Eskom has stepped down, the Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko confirmed to Fin24.

Diko told Fin24 on Thursday via Whatsapp that Sy Gourrah head of ACTOM Power Systems had asked to leave the task team in December.

"She requested to be recused as the company she works for has dealings with Eskom and felt to avoid a potential conflict of interest, she asked the President to release her from the panel. The President acceded to her request," Diko said.

Sons and daughters of no country

8 January 2018

If amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration Act are approved, the children of migrants and other vulnerable groups might find it even more difficult to access basic services.

Under the proposed amendments, these children will receive a notice of birth, which will have to be taken to their embassy to obtain a birth certificate.

Limpopo's top performing schools under pressure as parents seek places for children

9 January 2019

Top performing schools in the rural areas of Limpopo are facing increasing demand from parents who want to secure places for their children.

Marumo Mashifane, the principal of Moroke Secondary School in Phokwane, Nebo, had to turn down scores of applications from parents – some from outside the area – who wanted to enrol their children at the school.

The school’s matriculants have consistently achieved high marks and in 2018 the Moroke got a 98.7% pass rate with three candidates obtaining 300/300 marks in physical science.

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