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    Dos Santos announces elections at the end of 2012

    Thursday, October 27th, 2011

    Mail & Guardian, 21 October 2011 Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos announced this week that his country would go to the polls at the end of 2012, but he stopped short of saying whether he would stand for re-election.

    Malawi’s vice president seeks asylum in Zambia

    Thursday, October 27th, 2011

    AfricaNews.com, 26 October 2011 Malawi state vice president Joyce Banda has applied for an asylum permit in Zambia fearing a possible arrest by government on treason charges. This comes after the Media reported that government is planning to arrest Banda upon arrival at Chileka Airport in the commercial city of Blantyre.

    Women lead the way in the struggle against Swaziland’s HIV crisis

    Thursday, October 27th, 2011

    The Guardian, 26 October 2011 Siphiwe Hlophe’s shrewd, enterprising spirit is apparent within moments of meeting her. “You work for Comic Relief?” she says. “Brilliant! I might walk away from this meeting with some money.” Hlophe, a Swazi woman living with HIV, wants the money for the charity she directs, Swaziland for Positive Living (Swapol), [...]

    SWAZILAND: New aviation rules ground HIV-positive pilots

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

    IRIN PlusNews Global, 25 October 2011 Swazi HIV activists are up in arms over pending aviation guidelines that will stop people living with HIV from ever piloting an aircraft. “This is pure discrimination, and if the rule is enforced it will be challenged on constitutional grounds prohibiting such bigotry,” said Helen Dlamini, a human rights [...]

    Delays Threaten Elections in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

    Voice of America, 23 October 2011 Presidential campaigning begins this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  But opposition parties and international election observers have expressed concern next month’s poll may be postponed. 

    Swazi teacher tells of uncertain livelihood

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

    Business Live, 25 October 2011 Thokozile Makama* has been told every month this year that she is not going to get paid. At R2,600, her monthly income (after bills) is much higher than the Swaziland average, but if it drops to zero, she has no plan B.

    Zimbabwe Parliament Completes Public Hearings on Electoral Reform Bill

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

    Voice of America, 24 October 2011 Zimbabwe’s Parliament on Monday completed a cycle of public hearings on the Electoral Amendment Bill that was marked by the disruption of numerous meetings in provincial centers including Marondera, Mutare, Masvingo and Kadoma.

    Swaziland: 1973 decree is alive, activists tell UN

    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    Times of Swaziland, 10 October 2011 Human rights stakeholders have informed the United Nations Human Rights Periodic Review team that the 1973 decree still exists and have called for its abolishment.

    Mozambique Government to Hire Over 7,000 Teachers Next Year

    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    allAfrica.com, 12 October 2011 The Mozambican government plans to hire 7,300 teachers next year, with most being employed to work in primary schools, particularly in the most populated provinces such as Nampula and Zambezia.

    Malawi’s Mutharika turns to court in vice president row

    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    AFP, 12 October 2011 Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has turned to the courts in his deepening feud with his deputy, his lawyer said Wednesday, in a move aimed at finding a way to push her from office.

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