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    Dialogue between the Zimbabwean Civil Society and the EU Commission

    Friday, April 30th, 2010

    By Bridget Tapuwa, from the Ground Report website, 25 April 2010 On 23 April 2010 the Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN) hosted a dialogue meeting between the Zimbabwean Civil Society leaders and the EU Commission in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Independence of Zimbabwe.

    Election 2010: Robin Hood Tax

    Thursday, April 29th, 2010

    Tell party leaders and your local candidates that you want a Robin Hood Tax. The banking crisis has hit the world’s poorest people hardest. With the general election in Britain only days away party leaders know that every single vote counts. Now is the time to let our parliamentary candidates know that we want the [...]

    The voice of Zimbabwe’s workers

    Thursday, April 29th, 2010

    By Rebecca Davis, ACTSA Member, April 2010 Lovemore Matombo looks tired. It’s not surprising: it’s 9am on Monday morning, at his hotel near Euston, and he’s had a gruelling few days already. These trips to London are important. As the President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), it’s his job to ensure that [...]

    Zimbabwe: ZCTU leader discusses poverty levels

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

    Lovemore Matombo, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), in an interview with Radio Labour, said that, despite a marked improvement in people’s lives following the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), the disposal income of 99% of the workers still remained below the poverty level.

    South Africa: Freedom Day address by Jacob Zuma

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    By Jacob Zuma, from the Presidency of South Africa website, 27 April 2010 I am deeply honoured to address the nation on this historic day, on which South Africans buried racial oppression, and ushered in new non-racial democratic order. On this day we remember all the brave men and women whose struggle and sacrifices made it [...]

    South Africa: Largest HIV testing programme launched

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    By Sarah Boseley, from the Guardian, 25 April 2010 South Africa today embarks on the biggest HIV testing programme the world has ever seen, with the ambitious target of persuading 15 million people to find out their status in the next 14 months – a six-fold increase on the 2.5 million tested in 2009. The [...]

    Zimbabwe split over Ahmadinejad visit

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    By David Smith, from the Guardian, 25 April 2010 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, discovered the split personality of Zimbabwe’s government when he visited the country last week. There was a warm welcome at Harare airport from the president, Robert Mugabe, who hosted a state dinner in his honour and assured the “comrade president” [...]

    The World Cup is Africa’s chance to show how it has changed

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    Sport has the power to rebuild fractured relationships Kofi Annan, the Guardian, 26 April Sport is far more than just a game. One only has to savour the global excitement in the runup to this year’s football World Cup to get a feel for its power and transformative potential. With less than 50 days to [...]

    Swaziland: 20,000 signatures against Public Service Bill wanted

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    From the Times of Swaziland, 24 April Manzini – An international workers organisation for public servants, Public Services International (PSI) has registered its concerns with the proposed Public Service Bill as it threatens job security for public servants. As a result of the bill local civil servants are looking for 20 000 signatures on a [...]

    Zimbabwe: Empty promises for free expression

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    Media reforms fall by the wayside under power-sharing government By Human Rights Watch (Johannesburg) – Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government has not carried out critical media reforms as promised under the country’s September 2008 Global Political Agreement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 26-page report, “Sleight of Hand: Repression of the Media and [...]

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