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  • Angolan Women Urged to Take HIV/AIDS Test

    The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.

    Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.

    Tsemo is concerned with some HIV positive people who drop out of antiretroviral therapy in the various health facilities in the country, to traditional treatment, an attitude that has been adversely affecting the clinical condition of many patients.

    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS urges pregnant women to adhere to HIV/AIDS test,” click here.

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    All Africa
  • Mandela Foundation Mourns Angelou

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid tribute to the United States poet and author, Maya Angelou.

    In a press statement, the organisation spokesperson, Danielle Melville, points out that, "On behalf of our board of trustees and staff, the Nelson Mandela Foundation mourns the passing of Maya Angelou.”

    Melville says the late former President, Nelson Mandela, met Angelou in Cairo, Egypt in 1962, while he was garnering support for the armed struggle and undergoing military training.

    To read the article titled, “Mandela foundation mourns poet,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • GDP Risks Two Percent Decline

    The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has warned that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in South Africa risks declining below two percent this year.

    SAIRR chief economist, Ian Cruickshanks, says that the decline will negatively affect government revenue, infrastructure development and job creation in the country.

    Cruickshanks, who is of the view that the ongoing platinum strike would trigger the decline, states that, “Clearly we getting no input from mines and if we have a look at Commerce and Industry in South Africa, the confidence level, business confidence is at a very low level.”

    To read the article titled, “SA GDP risks two percent decline,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Child Protection Week Commemorated

    Childline, a non-governmental organisation, says the disintegration of family values in South Africa is one of the main factors contributing to the high rate of child sexual abuse.

    Childline’s Joan van Niekerk, speaking at the start of Child Protection Week, said that, "One of the things we have failed to do in the 20 years of democracy is really look at how we can strengthen family and re-connect people.”

    Van Niekerk argues that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by men and boys, adding that the latter in particular should be the focus of our prevention efforts.

    To read the article titled, “Child Protection Week begins,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Lonmin Accuses NGOs of Exploiting Plight of Miners

    Platinum producer, Lonmin, has questioned some aspects of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) handing over food to families of striking mineworkers on the platinum belt, while praising the human rights initiative itself.
     
    Lonmin chief executive officer, Ben Magara, says the NGOs are exploiting the plight of the 80 000  mineworkers, who have been on strike since January on a no-work no-pay basis.
     
    The Marikana Support Group, humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers and other groups have been supplying food relief to the miners since early this week.
     
    To read the article titled, “NGOs are exploiting plight of mineworkers: Lonmin,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Korkie’s Family Remains Optimistic

    The family of South African hostage, Pierre Korkie, says it remains optimistic that the 56-year-old former Bloemfontein teacher will be released.
     
    Korkie’s captors are demanding a US$3 million ransom and threatened to kill him in February 2014 unless the ransom was paid. However, mediation by the relief organisation, Gift of the Givers Foundation, resulted in an extension.
     
    Pierre's believed to be in poor health and the family spokesperson, Andre Venter, says the family will release a statement on the anniversary of the kidnapping on 26 May 2014 regarding the latest on attempts to secure Pierre's release.
     
    To read the article titled, “Korkie family optimistic he will be released,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO: Stigma Prevents Alcoholics From Seeking Help

    The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says the stigma around alcoholism is one of the main reasons why people are hesitant to seek help.
     
    The organisation’s Cathy Vos says an average of around 10 000 people visit their centres for help every year and 15 percent of these are women.
     
    Vos, who states that some people fear losing their jobs if they admit they're addicted to alcohol, describes alcoholism is a vicious circle, adding that while it is hard to kick the habit, with help, it is possible.
     
    To read the article titled, “Stigma prevents alcoholics from seeking help,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • SA Legally Bound to Educational Reforms

    Activists have urged the government to be legally bound to extensive education reforms.

    The application due to be heard in the Western Cape High Court will determine whether the government will have to submit regular reports to the public protector, the South African Human Rights Commission or the Auditor-General detailing how it is remedying its alleged failures to comply with the Constitution’s requirements on the right to basic education.

    Applicants Jean Pease, educationist and civil society activist, and the Progressive Principals Association, a 200-member Western Cape-based organisation, specify age-appropriate early childhood development programmes, mother tongue-medium education, timeous supply and delivery of adequate quantities of textbooks and relevant teaching materials and  professionalising teachers as the four areas in which they contend that the government’s systemically dysfunctional implementation violates constitutional rights.

    To read the article titled, “Education’s legal fires ‘need dousing’,” click here.

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    Mail and Guardian
  • Limited Access to Contraceptives Increases Abortion

    According to the Department of National Health, two-thirds of sexually active women in South Africa use contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancy, yet almost 90 000 abortions were performed in government clinics and hospitals in the 2012-2013 financial year, almost 20 000 more than the previous year.

    Andrea Thompson from Marie Stopes South Africa, a non-governmental organisation that offers reproductive health services at reduced rates, points out that the organisation has experienced ‘a slight decline in women seeking abortions’.

    Thompson further adds that, “We have provided one percent fewer abortion services since January this year compared to the same period last year.”  

    To read the article titled, “Contraceptives: South Africans are still out of the loop,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO Slams Hotel for Mocking the Poor

    The United Kingdom-based Winnie Mabaso Foundation, which works with impoverished children in South Africa, has joined a growing chorus of international disdain against Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa in Bloemfontein, which has been luring wealthy guests with the promise of an ‘experience of a lifetime’.

    In an open letter this week, Lisa Ashton, who founded the Foundation with late Johannesburg charity worker, Winnie Mabaso, lambasted Emoya for the ‘obscene experience’ it offers.

    Meanwhile, the hotel owner, Buks Westraad, who the Foundation accuses of making a total mockery of people living under utter poverty, says that like other South African entrepreneurs in tourism, he is trying to make something positive from a negative perception.

    To read the article titled, “Charity accuses luxury Bloem 'squatter camp' of spitting in the faces of the poor,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
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