Newsflashes

13 January, 2009
South African state power company Eskom plans to start operating wind turbines this year to boost the country’s supply of electricity. Eskom spokesperson, Fani Zulu, points out that, "We are looking at building 50 wind turbines with two megawatts each before the end of this year across the country... . It is a little more expensive than generating electricity by coal, but by all means it is a worthwhile cost." 
13 January, 2009
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe says that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has underscored the urgent need to reform the United Nations (UN).   “I agree that the UN, and the UN Security Council in particular, is in need of urgent reform in order to become more representative of the world’s population", says Motlanthe.
13 January, 2009
Nigerian CSOs have been offered an opportunity for better involvement in policy formulation and implementation. The offer was made by the special adviser to the president on relations with the civil society, Chineme Ume-Ezeoke, who set a new agenda for CSOs to help foster a robust relationship between the groups and government.
13 January, 2009
Education minister Naledi Pandor says South Africa should have the final 2008 matric examination pass rate by the end of this month, when her department expects to have finished its investigations into about 700 allegations of examination irregularities. Pandor expressed concern about the delay in the release of the results, particularly those for whom continuous assessments were not handed in to the provincial authorities on time.
13 January, 2009
High poverty rates and low education levels are contributing to increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Yemen, especially among commercial sex workers. This is according to the Integrated Care Association for People Living with HIV. The organisation’s secretary-general, Abdul-Hafed al-Ward, points out that most cases of HIV/AIDS involve people with low incomes. Al-Ward maintains that, “Poverty and HIV/AIDS go together and wherever the former exists so does the latter."
10 December, 2008
Environmentalists have protested outside the main entrance to the United Nations climate conference in Poznan in an attempt to keep the World Bank from controlling climate change finance.
10 December, 2008
The Rwandan government has warned unregistered international NGOs to register by March next year or face closure.
10 December, 2008
The South African Council of Churches and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa have condemned the recent abduction of journalist and activist Jestina Mukoko by a gang of plain-clothed men suspected to be police operatives.
9 December, 2008
Local and international environmental activists have handed over a petition calling on the government to investigate the suspension of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) water expert, Anthony Turton.
9 December, 2008
More than 80 percent of South Africa’s population regards homosexuality as wrong. This is according to the Social Attitudes Survey in South Africa conducted by researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
8 December, 2008
Sex workers have launched the Johannesburg branch of Sisonke, an organisation that advocates for the legislation of sex work.
8 December, 2008
Former president Thabo Mbeki is to head an institute at the University of South Africa (UNISA) that will help enforce policies on the African continent.
5 December, 2008
Eskom’s decision to cancel its plans to build a new reactor Eskom had saved the country from economic ruin. This is according to Earthlife Africa, energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor.
5 December, 2008
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkobv’s administration has banned several gay rights marches in Moscow in the interests, it argues, of ensuring security and preventing public disorder.
5 December, 2008
Seventeen interest groups in the United States have urged world leaders to speed up efforts to reach a new global deal on curbing emissions that cause global warming.

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