African Leaders in Human Albino Trade, Says NGO

United States-based lobby group, Salif Keita Global Foundation, says politicians are involved in the trade of human albino body parts in Africa and use them as charms to bring them good fortune.

Coumba Makalou, president of the Salif Keita Global Foundation, a group that advocates for albinos' rights, says those who pay for body parts include rich businessmen and politicians looking to improve their political fortunes.

Makalou says body parts sell for as much as US$2 000.

Zambian NGOs Received £3m in 2008-2009

The Zambian Parliament heard that more than £3 million pounds was channelled through NGOs, for poverty reduction programmes by the British and Netherlands governments in 2008 and 2009.

Finance and National Planning Deputy Minister, Chileshe Kapwepwe, says the British government contributed 80 million pounds, adding that the monies were used for poverty, HIV/AIDS programmes, and good governance.

Partnership to Improve Conditions in Prisons

The Zimbabwe Prison Service has partnered with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children Norway and the International Committee of the Red Cross, to improve living conditions of female inmates in all prisons.

International Committee of the Red Cross regional delegate, Thomas Merkelbach, says they are working with the prison services to rehabilitate prisoners and assist with food.

Food Poisoning Claim Children’s Lives

Some 400 children in northern Nigeria have died since March from lead poisoning linked to illegal gold mining by residents, and thousands more remain at risk, according to the United Nations.

Spokesperson or the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Elisabeth Byrs, says that the Dutch arm of Medecins Sans Frontieres reported the new toll, up from 160 deaths last June, and is treating a further 500 children in its four clinics.

Motsepe Donates R10m to Jacob Zuma Foundation

Businessman, Patrice Motsepe, will donate R10 million to the Jacob Zuma Foundation in the next five years.

Speaking during the fundraising dinner in Durban, Motsepe said he is donating because he believe that it is important to share what he has with the poor.
the mining magnate announced during the foundation's fundraising dinner in Durban on Friday night.

New Bill May Discourage Immigration - FIPSA

The Forum of Immigration Practitioners of South Africa (FIPSA) has warned that the proposed amendments to the Immigration Act will have far-reaching consequences for foreigners wanting to invest and work in South Africa, as well as for the domestic immigration industry.

FIPSA chairperson, Leon Isaacson, states that serious problems already exist in terms of the advice provided by staff at embassy offices.

Thabo Mbeki Foundation Launched

Former president, Thabo Mbeki, has launched the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, aims to the 21st century an ‘African century’.

Mbeki pointed out that, "I sincerely hope that the thing we are doing today, to launch the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, also serves, in its own small way, to reaffirm that Africa is continuing her rise from the ashes."

Home Affairs Welcomes Refugees’ Response

The Department of Home Affairs has welcomed the positive response from undocumented Zimbabwean refugees to the current drive to regularise their stay in South Africa.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 61st executive meeting of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, the initiative is the start of a process to document all nationals from neighbouring countries living in the country.

Free Education Could Reduce Pregnancies – TAMWA

The Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) has called on the government to adjust the tax system to get more revenue to finance free education for all to help reduce schoolgirl pregnancies.

TAMWA executive director, Ananilea Nkya, says the organisation has established that schoolgirls are engaging in acts leading to pregnancies because of costs associated with education services, including lack of money to pay for hostels.


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