Hunger

Motlanthe Assesses Poverty Campaign

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, has visited the Eastern Cape to assess launch sites for the ‘War on Poverty Campaign’ and the roll-out of service delivery at Lubala village in Lusikisiki.

The high profile visit also seeks to re-energise and re-focus the anti-poverty initiatives of government and to provide political leadership and mobilise all stakeholders.

UN Warns of Food Crises in South Sudan

The top United Nations (UN) official in south Sudan has warned that the impoverished region faced a major food crisis that could lead to ‘free fall’, with half of its residents relying on aid this year.

The UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Juba, south Sudan, Lisa Grande, points out that, "We have a very general problem of food insecurity across all of southern Sudan."

Informal Trader’s Dreams Shattered

Informal traders' hopes of making huge profits during the upcoming World Cup tourist influx were shattered when they were ordered to vacate Park Station, a key transit hub in Johannesburg's central business district. Ironically, the incident occurred during South Africa's Human Rights Day celebrations; the day South Africa remembers 69 victims from Sharpeville who died during the protest against pass laws.

Activating for Change

On 21 March this year, we commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Sharpville where 69 people lost their lives activating for change in apartheid South Africa. We took a good look at how our current environment calls us to social action once again and how local heroes across South Africa are putting their energy into bringing about change in their communities.

Gates’ Upbeat Take on African Health, Food Initiatives

Software entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist, Bill Gates, has issued an upbeat assessment on the prospects of overcoming the challenges faced by the world's poorest people, many in Africa, in the fields of health and agriculture.

Gates argues that, "With vaccines, drugs, and other improvements, health in poor countries will continue to get better, and people will choose to have smaller families."

NGO Offers Soft Loans to Cassava Processors

A Nigerian NGO, Sustainable Livelihoods and Development Network for Africa (SLIDEN Africa), has begun the process of empowering no less than 3 600 cassava processors as part of its efforts to alleviate poverty among the peasants in Nigeria.

Under the arrangement, which is being sponsored by the World Bank and the University of Agriculture Micro Finance Bank, SLIDEN Africa also hopes to touch the lives of no less than 600 goat farmers, with the prospect of raising their income per annum to the tune of US$300.

Aid Cuts Will Hit Africa Hard – World Bank

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has warned that many African countries will be hard hit this year if aid flows slow down as a result of the global financial crisis.

In an economic overview for this year, the bank says growth on the continent is likely to slow to just over two percent this year, after seven years of a sustained pace of expansion at five percent.

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