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​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.

Unemployment Remains the Biggest Risk

Ubiquity Reputation Strategist, Kaveer Beharee, says unemployment remains the biggest risk perceived in South Africa.

Beharee's comments come as the country hopes to convince international investors that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination.

This week will see the sitting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and interested stakeholders are readying themselves for Davos.

Meanwhile, more than 80 South African businesses, government and non-governmental organisation leaders will attend the WEF.

NGOs’ Humanitarian Needs for 2016

There is one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

Besides displacement caused by long-term conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan, there is also the threat of more violence in Central African Republic and hunger caused by El Nino, which is expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions in Africa and potential flooding in the east.

Cities Not Keeping With Demand for Basic Toilets

Katrina Charles says that over the last 15 years, 68 million people gained access to improved sanitation in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Charles, who describes this as a big achievement, says in the same period the urban population grew by an estimated 167 million, leaving an additional 99 million urban dwellers without access to improved sanitation.

TB at Crisis Level – World Bank

The World Bank says tuberculosis (TB) in the mining sector in Southern Africa has reached crisis proportions and needs all relevant stakeholders to work together.
The World Bank, which has put aside over R1.6 billion to assist different governments in the region, address this pandemic, maintains that the current infection rate is at 10 times the level classified as an emergency.

In addition, it says that the number of TB patients and those at the risk of contracting it in the mining sector is growing at an alarming rate.

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