​Bank Approves US$33m for Water and Sanitation

The African Development Bank has approved the release of US$33 million to improve water and sanitation in Bulawayo.

The bank points out that, "The Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) seeks to boost municipal water supply and sanitation services, thereby contributing to improved health and social well-being of the population."

It further states that this comes at a time when ZimFund Phase I project implemented in six cities in the country, has just been completed and Phase II projects have commenced.

UJ, NYDA Launch New Youth Institute

A new institute to nurture young thinkers was launched by the National Youth Development Agency in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Launching the Youth Development Institute (YDI), Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, says: “The institute will be a hub for young researchers and central point of reference for all youth related matters.”

APRM Toolkit

The South African Institute for International Affairs’ (SAIIA) African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Toolkit is a comprehensive repository of APRM knowledge for continental practitioners, civil society members, academics, students, journalists and donors.

It was designed to provide a single entry point for access to all of the most important APRM official documents and independent analysis of the process.

SONA: What President Zuma Needs to Tell SA


South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will give his 2016 State of the Nation Address on February 11 to outline key government business for the year ahead. The event will be keenly watched to establish what the president and the governing African National Congress consider to be the most important challenges facing the country, and how they plan to tackle them. Politics and society editor Thabo Leshilo asks three political scientists what to expect.

What are the most important issues the president should be addressing?

Andre Duvenhage:

​SA Recognised for Winning Fight Against Malaria

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance presented South Africa with the 2016 Award for Excellence in recognition of progress made in fighting malaria, as well as meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for malaria reduction.
South Africa is one of the eight countries to meet the MDG target and one of 13 overall recognised for their progress in the fight against malaria.
Confirmed malaria cases in South Africa dropped from an annual average of over 36 000 during the period of 2000-2005 to just under 14 000 cases in 2014.

Dlamini-Zuma Undecided on Second Term at AU

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has once again declined to say if she will run for a second term of office this year – or return home, possibly to run for national president.
Dlamini-Zuma told South African journalists at the end of the AU summit in Addis Ababa: “I haven’t decided yet. I still have time.”
She also spelt out that in effect she had less than three months to decide because she would have to put herself forward as a candidate three months before the election in July.

Unemployment to Rise in 2017 – ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says South Africa’s unemployment rate is expected to rise by 300 000 people by next year.
In its World Employment Social Outlook report, the ILO warned that if there is no change in policy responses to the global economic slowdown, about 3.4 million more people would be without jobs by 2017.
It is estimated that 5.3 million people (25.5 percent) in South Africa will be unemployed this year, and 5.4 million people (25.7 percent) in 2017. Last year 5.1 million people were unemployed.

Drought Adds to SA’s Economic Gloom

Driving his pick-up truck down a dirt road, farmer Petrus Roux points to scorched fields that should be a sea of green maize, part of South Africa's western grain belt.
The worst drought in over a hundred years has devastated crops and could tip the economy into recession, adding to a loss of investor faith in President Jacob Zuma, pushing up food prices and possibly stoking social and racial tensions ahead of local elections.
"As far as the eye can see, empty fields," Roux says, pointing to pastures seared a rusty red.

Too Important to Fail - It’s a Question of Trust

Today, 17 January 2016, marks the launch of a groundbreaking report “Too Important to Fail – Addressing the Humanitarian Financing Gap’ urging the global community to rethink the way they finance, distribute and document spending on humanitarian aid. Commissioned by the United Nations secretary-general ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, it details the drivers behind a diverse array of proposed changes in the status quo and lays out key recommendations for increasing effectiveness, efficiency and transparency.


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