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    Strike tearing alliance apart

    Friday, August 27th, 2010

    Mail and Guardian 27 August 2010 The two-week strike by hundreds of thousands of state employees marks the lowest point in relations between the ANC and its alliance partner Cosatu since President Jacob Zuma took leadership of the ruling party, with Cosatu making the unprecedented threat that it will refuse to support some ANC candidates [...]

    The ANC has not and shall not wilt under criticism or close scrutiny

    Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

    Pallo Jordan, ANC Today, Vol 10 No 31,20 – 26 August 2010 Freedom of expression, of which is Media Freedom an important dimension, is one of the fundamental rights South Africans secured through the democratic political revolution of 1994. After more than a hundred and fifty years of hard-fought struggles, entailing the loss of thousands [...]

    Zuma’s media censorship ‘is like going back to Apartheid era’

    Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

    Daniel Howden, the Independent, 24 August 2010 The South African government has been accused of resorting to censorship policies reminiscent of the Apartheid era in a bid to silence its critics in the media. The ruling African National Congress is pushing a series of measures which would, opponents say, undermine freedom of speech, criminalise investigative [...]

    Swazi anger at prince’s HIV exaggeration claim

    Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

    BBC News, 20 August 2010 Aids activists in Swaziland have criticised a top adviser to King Mswati III for saying the country’s HIV epidemic is being exaggerated for the benefit of pharmaceutical firms. Prince Mangaliso said public awareness campaigns against HIV amounted to little more than scare tactics.

    ZCTU saddened by the death of Gibson Jama Sibanda

    Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

    Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, condolence message, 24 August 2010 The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has been saddened by the death of its former President, Gibson Jama Sibanda after an illness.

    South African public sector strike ‘endangering lives’

    Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

    David Smith, the Guardian, 23 August 2010 A public sector strike has bitterly divided South Africa as protesting workers are accused of deliberately endangering the lives of hospital patients. The crippling stoppage, now in its sixth day, has seen the army deployed to hospitals and the government health minister forced to return to his previous [...]

    Reclaiming and reuniting: Declaration of the people’s summit

    Monday, August 23rd, 2010

    SADC Summit Declaration, Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network, 16 August 2010 More than 350 representatives of grassroots movements, community-based organizations, and faith based organizations, women’s organizations, labor, students, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements met in Windhoek, Namibia on 15-16 August at the sixth SADC People’s Summit organised by the [...]

    South Africa striking out

    Friday, August 20th, 2010

    IRIN News, 19 August 2010 Over a million teachers, nurses and other government workers have downed tools across South Africa, suspending public education and healthcare while their demands for better pay go head-to-head with government’s reluctance to accede. “We have embarked on an indefinite strike … all public schools are reporting zero presence – that [...]

    Zimbabwe diaspora can also discuss new constitution

    Friday, August 20th, 2010

    IRIN News, 17 August 2010 The parliamentary committee in charge of reviewing Zimbabwe’s constitution is actively inviting feedback and recommendations from the millions of Zimbabweans living abroad. “Our resources could not permit us to travel all over the world to solicit the views of Zimbabweans on the contents of the draft constitution; this meant that [...]

    Leaders commit to deepening economic integration

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010

    The two-day SADC Summit ended in Windhoek yesterday with regional leaders reaffirming their commitment to deepening economic integration and speedy implementation of the bloc’s programmes. A communiqué issued at the end of the Summit attended by heads of state and government from 14 member countries renewed SADC leaders’ calls for integration placing emphasis on the [...]

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