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    The misery of being a UNISWA student

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

    Times of Swaziland, 31 August Letter from Swazi student to the Times of Swaziland: Sir, Even though I’m a student leader I’m writing this in my personal capacitas. The University of Swaziland (UNISWA) was supposed to open for the 2011/12 academic year on Monday, August 8, 2011. However, this was not the case as the [...]

    South African wine industry rooted in human misery, says report

    Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

    The Guardian, 23 August 2011 There is no question of its flair for producing a world-class chenin blanc, cabernet sauvignon or pinotage at an affordable price. But the provenance of South Africa’s wines is altogether less savoury, an investigation by human rights monitors has revealed.

    IMF team visits cash-strapped Swaziland

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 23 August An International Monetary Fund delegation began a two-week visit to cash-strapped Swaziland on Monday to see if the country was doing enough to win the fund’s blessing to secure foreign loans.

    Mutharika dissolves Malawi’s Cabinet

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 20 August Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has sacked his 42 member Cabinet and taken over all portfolios weeks after deadly anti-government riots killed 19 people.

    COSATU criticises SADC leadership and calls for Day of Action

    Thursday, August 18th, 2011

    Congress of South African Trade Unions calls on SADC leaders to act now in defence of democracy in Southern Africa COSATU, 17 August 2011 The Congress of South African Trade Unions notes that the 31st Ordinary Summit of SADC heads of states and government begins today in Luanda, Angola to discuss various issues affecting the [...]

    Zimbabwe ex army chief and power broker dies

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

    Zimbabwe ex-army chief Solomon Mujuru dies in farm fire BBC News, 16 Aug Zimbabwe’s ex-military chief Solomon Mujuru has died in a fire at his farm, the state security minister has said. Mr Mujuru, 62, was one of Zimbabwe’s most senior politicians and married to Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

    Zimbabwe civil society outline demands for election roadmap

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

    Zimbabwe Civil Society Position Paper to SADC on the Elections Roadmap 15 August 2011 Zimbabwe civil society groups under the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition banner make the following five submissions to SADC leaders on critical steps to prepare Zimbabwe to hold genuinely free and fair elections under conditions of free political activity without violence or [...]

    Zimbabwe: South African civil society statement on the Global Political Agreement

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

    The coalition government of Zimbabwe must urgently institute reforms and ensure human rights respect We the undersigned South African Civil Society participants and the Zimbabwean Diaspora attending the above-mentioned event wish to highlight civil society’s grave concern at the lack of progress in the implementation of fundamental democracy and human rights reforms outlined in the [...]

    South Africa unveils universal health care scheme

    Monday, August 15th, 2011

    BBC News, 12 August South Africa’s government has set out its plans to introduce a universal health care scheme.

    Em Angola a paz vai bem, mas não o suficiente

    Monday, August 15th, 2011

    Observações pessoais de um profissional da área do desenvolvimento Após muitos anos de viagens a Angola, em visita recente depois de uma ausência de cinco anos, percebi o quanto as coisas mudaram e o quanto permanecem como antes. Passei duas semanas trabalhando com comunidades rurais em três províncias para discutirmos os efeitos das mudanças climáticas [...]

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