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    Climate Change Q&A: “We Expect the Polluters to Pay”

    Thursday, September 29th, 2011

    IPS News, 26 September 2011 An interview with Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, chair of the Africa Group of Negotiators for Climate Change. During the Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 17th U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu will lead the negotiations on behalf of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change [...]

    South Africa: In Need of a Unified Climate Change Policy

    Thursday, September 29th, 2011

    IPS News, 27 September 2011 The implementation of a unified climate change policy across all of South Africa’s government departments will not be easy as the divisions currently work largely as separate entities, says Greenpeace Africa. The South African government announced on Sep. 13 that it would beef up its climate policy “to ensure that [...]

    Dalai Lama: will South Africa issue a visa?

    Thursday, September 29th, 2011

    The Guardian, 28 September The Dalai Lama may have stepped down from his political role as Tibetan leader but China is clearly prepared to use its economic clout to ensure the Buddhist spiritual guide remains radioactive on the world stage. The technical excuses offered by the South African foreign ministry for dithering over an entry [...]

    Zimbabwe to introduce cash transfer scheme

    Thursday, September 29th, 2011

    The Guardian, 28 September 2011 Zimbabwe has launched a $75m plan to protect orphans and vulnerable children over the next three years. The money will come from the Zimbabwean government and donors, including the UK, the European Commission and the UN children’s agency, Unicef. Some $45m of the money for a child protection fund has [...]

    Zambia: New president sworn in

    Monday, September 26th, 2011

    Mail and Guardian Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata, a critic of Chinese investment, was sworn in as president on Friday after an upset poll victory that ushered in a smooth handover of power in Africa’s biggest copper producer. Sata (74) swept to victory on the back of voters looking for change in a country that [...]

    Swaziland: Loan in limbo?

    Monday, September 26th, 2011

    Analysis: Swaziland mulls multi-million dollar bailout IRIN MBABANE, 26 September 2011 (IRIN) – South Africa recently granted a US$350 million bailout to Swaziland’s King Mswati III – following desperate overtures to his neighbour to stave-off his kingdom’s financial meltdown – but the king has now cooled to the idea and left the Memorandum of Understanding [...]

    Zimbabwe: Women activists arrested

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    12 women arrested in Bulawayo on International Day of Peace; Williams and Mahlangu remanded in custody to Mlondlozi Prison WOZA WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu and 10 other women were arrested in Bulawayo on Wednesday, September 21 while attempting to commemorate the International Day of Peace with hundreds of WOZA women and men. [...]

    Zambia election: Sata wins presidential race

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    BBC News Opposition leader Michael Sata has won Zambia’s presidential election after two days of vote counting following a tight race with incumbent Rupiah Banda.

    South African ex-miners sue Anglo American in UK court

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Several hundred South African former miners have launched court proceedings against Anglo American Plc in London, the latest in a wave of lawsuits and compensation claims over lung disease that could cost the gold industry billions.

    South Africa gold miners sue Anglo American

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    BBC Online Former gold miners in South Africa are suing industry giant Anglo American in the London High Court for allegedly damaging their health, their lawyers say.

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