Newsflashes

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.
5 December, 2008
The North West Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing has launched a housing project worth R200 million for the working poor in Mafikeng.
5 December, 2008
Oxfam has warned that Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic is posing a "grave danger" to 300 000 people already weakened by food shortages.
3 December, 2008
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it is scaling back planned growth in its grant making next year in response to the economic downturn.
3 December, 2008
The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has urged South African journalists to be impartial during the upcoming national elections.
2 December, 2008
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says the health department’s inefficiency had played a major role in cutting back on its AIDS literacy programme and retrenching 20 percent of its staff.
2 December, 2008
Social networking platform MXit has put its technology to work to help raise HIV and AIDS awareness on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2008.
2 December, 2008
Mobile Internet use is growing in Nigeria while the number of people going online via personal computers is slowing. This is according to analyst firm Nielsen Online.

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