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    President Zuma calls for IMF reform at the G20

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

    Address by President JG Zuma to G20 plenary session 27 June 2010 Excellencies, colleagues We have spoken a lot in the past about the need to speed up the reform of international institutions. It is time for us, the leaders to take the initiative in regard to the reform of the IMF. We are called [...]

    Poor health services hamper PMTCT progress in Swaziland

    Monday, June 28th, 2010

    28 June 2010, PlusNews Swaziland has made remarkable progress in reducing HIV transmission from infected mothers to their babies, but health activists worry that this may be stalled or even reversed if lapses in basic health services are not addressed. Since prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services became available in 2003, HIV transmission has almost [...]

    Africa a World Cup winner despite humiliation on the pitch

    Monday, June 28th, 2010

    David Smith, the Guardian, Sunday 27 June 2010 It was the best of times, it was the worst of teams. Two weeks into the World Cup, Africa is basking in the success of organising the biggest sports event on the planet – but already conducting a postmortem into why its finest talents froze on home [...]

    No chance to prepare for the future in Zimbabwe

    Monday, June 28th, 2010

    IRIN News, 23 June 2010 Chenai Moyo, 18, is confident she would have passed the examinations at her school in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, but for two years in a row there was no money; now she has to fend for the family and depends on an older man for support.

    Hard times delay MDGs for Lesotho

    Monday, June 28th, 2010

    IRIN News, 25 June 2010 Life is mostly hard in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, but the chronic droughts that seem to signal the unfolding impact of climate change are projected to become more severe, and could squeeze cultivable land from an already slim 10 percent to a mere three percent in 25 years.

    Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition: Diamond meeting ends without consensus on Zimbabwe

    Friday, June 25th, 2010

    Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition press release Diamond meeting ends without consensus on Zimbabwe Serious challenges ahead for landmark certification scheme, say NGOs The lack of consensus among Kimberley Process (KP) certification scheme members over whether Zimbabwe can resume diamond exports from the troubled Marange area was welcomed by the KP civil society coalition today [...]

    Swaziland: Women’s rights take one step forward, two steps back

    Thursday, June 24th, 2010

    IRIN, 16 June 2010 Much to the frustration of gender activists, Swaziland’s Supreme Court has reversed a February 2010 High Court ruling that allowed a married woman to register property in their own name.

    Swaziland: Police raid home of NGO Co-ordinator

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

    By Bishop Mesack Mabuza+, Chair, Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations Monday, 21 June The Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations condemns and deplores the pointless waste of taxpayers money spent by the Royal Swazi Police on raiding its Co-ordinator’s home on Thursday 17 June 2010.  To use the Suppression of Terrorism Act against Musa [...]

    Mauritius: Life for a trade unionist

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

    Mauritius, to many in the UK it is a delightful holiday island in the Indian Ocean. It is generally regarded as a well run democracy and regularly features near the top of lists of well run African countries. It is a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Yet Mauritius has been criticised by [...]

    France v South Africa: A win to celebrate South Africa

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

    I am supporting South Africa in today’s match, although part of me feels that the French team needs all the support it can get. With Nicolas Anelka sent home, the team refusing to train on Sunday, resignations from within their camp and both teams needing to win today it will definitely be a great match [...]

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