The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) boycotts official World AIDS Day proceedings for the second consecutive year as the group alleges that the millions of rands used to host this year's event in the Free State would be better spent strengthening the health system.
TAC national general secretary, Anele Yawa, states that, “As the TAC, we are totally opposed to our government spending millions of rands on high profile events every World AIDS Day, often in provinces where the challenges are immense," adding that, "In many instances, these high profile World AIDS Day events do not make any positive impact in our battles to contain the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics in our country."
Meanwhile, Joe Maila, spokesperson for the Department of Health, has described what he calls TAC's estimations of alleged government spending on World AIDS Day celebrations as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘extreme exaggeration’.
To read the article titled, “South Africa: TAC to Boycott Official World Aids Day,” click here.Source:All Africa
According to a second round of preliminary results, Namibia's ruling party looks set for a sixth straight election victory.
With slightly more than half of votes counted, the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) party - in power since 1990 - was leading the polls with 77 percent.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia has released the first round of preliminary data putting SWAPO in the lead with slightly more than 66 percent of the vote.
To read the article titled, “Namibia’s Swapo leads preliminary poll results,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) say that although 65 percent of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.
While less than a third of South Africa’s 35 million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures, SANAC says that the country has among the ‘highest population-level HIV testing in the world’.
In another development, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS is of the view that less than half of people infected with HIV in the world know that they have contracted the virus.
To read the article titled, “World AIDS Day: Less than half of infected people know,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Corruption Watch, a civil society organisation that gathers, analyses and shares information on corruption in South Africa, says that people take it for granted that corruption is happening on all levels.
The organisation argues that that blatant demands for bribes in exchange for tenders are commonplace in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
If further states that people are unable to get a tender since government certain officials demand 10 percent, while others increasingly believe that the only way to get work is to bite the bullet and pay someone for it.
To read the article titled, “How officials are milking the state,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the recent dropping of high profile cases shows that there is no ‘sound relationship’ between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).
ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that sometimes police rush to make arrests without gathering sufficient evidence because of public or political pressure.
Burger adds that in so-called ‘low profile’ cases, the level of incompetency as far as investigating is concern is worse than in ‘high profile’ cases.
To read the article titled, “Expert highlights police incompetency,” click here.Source:SABC News
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is expected to make more submissions to the e-tolls advisory panel sitting in Pretoria.
Earlier this month, the agency told the panel that it had spent 95 percent of its budget on maintaining the road network in South Africa.
SANRAL chief executive officer, Nazir Ali, suggested that more goods must be transported by rail.
To read the article titled, “SANRAL to make submissions to e-toll advisory panel,” click here.Source:SABC News
Anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive South Africans will be dramatically advanced after government concluded a R24 billion deal with Aspen Pharmacare to intensify manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).
Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, says the agreement will help stimulate local manufacturing, adding that,” That ARV tender has fought a lot of mays and ifs and buts about it, but an indicative target of 70 percent local procurement…”
The massive tender aims to improve ARV supplies to patients and will also be a massive cash injection for local producers. Foreign manufacturers will also have to invest and produce in South Africa to take advantage of the local procurement clause.”
To read the article titled, “ARV's provision to HIV positive persons to advance next year,” click here.Source:SABC Education
Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that South Africa urgently needs a national action plan to fight racism and xenophobia.
Pillay, who was addressing the Women's Network in Durban, believes that government should consult the whole community on what form of action needs to be taken to address racism and xenophobia.
Pillay, who is also a former International Criminal Court judge, maintains that: "I am always a human right protector and defender and I will continue to serve but in an informal capacity in whatever way I can."
To read the article titled, “Govt needs to take tough stance against racism, xenophobia,” click here.Source:SABC News
A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.
The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.
The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."
To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.Source:BBC News
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, after illegal drugs.
NPA’s advocate, Luvuyo Mfaku, points out that South Africa ranks among 10 countries in Africa where human trafficking is rife.
Mfaku, who says 10 000 people are being trafficked in the country annually, from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says human trafficking is a practice that involves the removal of people or persons from their familiar surroundings by means of force, threats, deception or under false pretences for the purposes of exploitation.
To read the article titled, “SA sees rise in human trafficking,” click here.Source:SABC News