Human rights

Life, death & cure

22 March 2019

For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.

Dalene von Delft poured a glass of water and steadied herself. She could do this, she told herself, looking at the three yellow pills in her hand that she was preparing to swallow. 

If I just throw them back hard enough and chase them down with some water fast enough, she thought, they’d miss her tongue completely, sparing her their gag-inducing metalic taste. 

Rescue teams race to save hundreds trapped by Cyclone Idai

20 March 2019

The powerful cyclone hit Mozambique's port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) last Thursday, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at risk.

At least 200 people have died in Mozambique and 98 in Zimbabwe, but the death toll is likely to rise as rescuers are still finding bodies.

A place to call home

20 March 2019: Nobuhle Mohlala, who was raised at   SOS Children’s Villages Nelspruit, wrote an inspiring letter thanking SOS Children’s Villages SA for the loving home provided to her for more than 10 years.
 
Like many of the children who end up in SOS care, she and her siblings did not have an easy start to life. They had a terminally ill mother, who eventually died, and a father who was never involved in their upbringing.
 

United Nations adopts resolution to support Semenya

22March 2019

Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday adopted a resolution tabled by South Africa to defend athlete Caster Semenya's rights to participate in sport.

The resolution, adopted in the 46th session by consensus and without a vote is aimed at eliminating discrimination against women and girls in sport, giving significant global weight from a human rights perspective to Semenya's case.

DRC health officials trained to combat spread of Ebola

14 March 2019 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased efforts to address challenges in combating the deadly Ebola viral disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The world health body has begun training health workers to sensitize local communities about the virus, and to provide them with materials to fight the disease.

Dr. Alain Kakule Mangolopa and his team are at the forefront of the WHO Ebola response in the DRC as part of the infection prevention and control (IPC) task force.
 

UK urged to pull its weight to support African refugees

7 March 2019 

Britain should practise what it preaches to African countries by doubling the number of vulnerable refugees it hosts and reviewing policies that restrict an asylum seeker's right to work, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

A cross-party committee said the British government should "lead by example" by resettling and employing refugees, especially those forcibly uprooted from their homes in sub-Saharan Africa.
 

Nearly 80, but North West man proves you're never too old to study

7 March 2019 

A 79-year-old man who matriculated back in 1966 has registered at the North West University in Vanderbijl Park with the hope of fulfilling his dream to be a teacher.

In a statement published by the university, Jacob Seboko said he felt he "had too much time" on his hands following the passing of his wife 10 years ago and decided to put his time to good use while ensuring that he keeps mentally fit.
 

Parents and guardians need to take responsibility for what we have become as a society

7 March 2019 

The recent incidents which saw the deaths of musician Thorisho Themane and Matwetwe star Sibusiso Khwinana triggered shock and anger among South Africans.

Some pleaded with the authorities to do more to ensure that we're safer in our communities, while others dared the government to implement harsher sentences on those implicated in the two murders.

Paarl Boys' High probe sparks wave of support for corporal punishment

 

7 March 2019 

A wave of support for corporal punishment in schools followed the Western Cape education department’s confirmation on Thursday that it is investigating Paarl Boys’ High School.

Facebook comments were summed up by Adam Vuropolis, who said: “I prefer reading about this than teachers who are getting sworn at and beaten up. Keep up the good work if this is true.”

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