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Silicosis and Tuberculosis on the Gold Mines

Many people have lost loved ones due to awful diseases such as silicosis and tuberculosis. Silicosis is a lung disease that is incurable. It is caused by inhaling silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over a prolonged period. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, fever and chest pains. People often confuse silicosis with tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Like silicosis it also affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body as well.

SA Should Keep Standing Up Against Violence Against LGBT Persons – At Home and Abroad

As the spotlight falls on the adoption of South Africa’s landmark Constitution, 20 years ago this year, one of its striking features -- the inclusion of the first-ever constitutional guarantee of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation -- is also under global scrutiny.

​Heyns Elected Member of UNHRC

Former Dean of Law Faculty and former Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, Professor Christof Heyns, has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Heyns, who previously served as United Nations Special Rapporteur, was nominated by the South African government.

Meanwhile, Heyns states that he appreciates and values the support that the university has given him while serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial summary and arbitrary executions over the past six years.

NGO Demands Motsoeneng Steps Down

Right2Know (R2K) has handed over a memorandum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) asking for the public broadcaster to end its self-censorship.

Micah Reddy‚ the media freedom organiser from R2K‚ says the SABC had gone from being a proud public broadcaster to a public relations machine for Luthuli House‚ the headquarters of the African National Congress.

​Asylum Seeks Allege SA Secretly Deport Them

Asylum seekers The Citizen spoke to say it seems to be up to your luck if you get asked to go to the ‘deportation room’.

According to two Malawian brothers who have been living in South Africa for more than 10 years, the Department of Home Affairs is ‘randomly deporting’ Malawians and Zimbabweans, and perhaps people of other nationalities too.

Andy (not his real name), a qualified electrical technician, who  is now living in South Africa as an undocumented migrant, says he will rather take his chances with getting arrested.

Call for Child Protection to be a Year-Long Commitment

The Department of Social Development says it is working on making child protection a year-long commitment.

The department’s director-general, Connie Nxumalo, points out that children need to be protected as they are the future of any country.

Government and civil society say they plan to spend the next seven days – during the Child Protection Week to pay attention to some of the difficult issues faced by South Africa's youth.

​Outcry Over Ban of LGBT Groups From AIDS Summit

Human rights advocates from major Western nations and organisations are protesting against a United Nations decision to bar 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affiliated groups from taking part in a high-level United Nations AIDS conference next month.
 
Because the 193-member U.N. General Assembly operates by consensus, the countries calling for the ban - Russia, Tanzania and 52 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – are not required to give an explanation.
 

​DRC Arrest Activists – HRW

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested at least 27 associates of Moise Katumbi, a presidential aspirant, and other opposition party members since late April 2016.

According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the arrests occurred between 22 April and 7 May in and around the southern city of Lubumbashi, where Katumbi is based.

The organisation argues that the investigation into Katumbi for his alleged ‘recruitment of mercenaries, [including] several retired American soldiers’, appears politically motivated.

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