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    Funding shortage dampening optimism on AIDS progress

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

    Mail and Guardian The international community has made extraordinary progress in the past decade in the fight against Aids but a funding crisis is putting those gains at risk, United Nations health agencies said on Wednesday.

    Stephen Lewis on the gutting of the Global Fund

    Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

    AIDS-Free World, 28 November 2011 The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been the international financial armada in the battle against the three diseases. The collapse of the next round of Global Fund grants, known as Round 11, is the most serious, catastrophic setback in the Fund’s decade of existence. Hiding behind [...]

    Swaziland’s super-rich king fails to find money for Aids orphans

    Friday, November 18th, 2011

    The Guardian, 17 November 2011 Swaziland has failed to pay more than $10m (£6.3m) in grants to Aids orphans, the IMF says, despite the vast wealth enjoyed by its absolute monarch.

    COSATU concerned about Information Bill

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    COSATU press statement on the Protection of (State) Information Bill and current parliamentary process Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU notes with concern that the Protection of (State) Information Bill is currently being considered by the National Assembly (NA) in Parliament. According to previous ANC Parliamentary Caucus media statements published on 27 September and [...]

    Swaziland: Funding fiasco leaves country short of lab supplies

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    IRIN/Plus News Global, 15 November 2011 First there were national shortages of HIV medication, then of HIV tests, now Swaziland lacks the lab tests essential for initiating and managing HIV patients on treatment. To make matters worse, the country chose not to apply for the international funding that could have safeguarded antiretroviral (ARV) stocks.

    South Africa signs green energy loan

    Monday, November 14th, 2011

    Mail and Guardian Power utility Eskom signed a R1.9-billion loan from the World Bank on Monday that will finance the building of South Africa’s largest solar energy and wind power generation projects.

    Mugabe and Tsvangirai slam violence in Zimbabwe

    Monday, November 14th, 2011

    SABC 11November 2011 Zimbabwe’s political leaders have met in the capital Harare today to try to bring an end to the wave of political violence that has rocked the country over recent months. The meeting is the first of its kind since the coalition government’s formation and follows a week of clashes between Movement for [...]

    Swazi king must give up power, says Bishop Mabuza

    Monday, November 14th, 2011

    BBC News, 14 November 2011 Swaziland’s top Anglican cleric, Bishop Meshack Mabuza, has called on King Mswati III to give up political power in favour of a democratic government.

    Julius Malema suspended from ANC

    Thursday, November 10th, 2011

    Mail & Guardian, 10 November 2011 Julius Malema has been suspended from the ANC for five years and, if his appeal fails, must vacate his position as the youth league’s president, the ruling party’s national disciplinary committee has ruled.

    Civil Society activists criticise Zimbabwe Diamond Deal

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

    Statement from the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition The Kimberley Process (KP) has thrown away its main point of leverage over the Zimbabwean government by allowing it to export diamonds from the controversial Marange region without first fulfilling previous commitments to reform its diamond trade, said the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition of NGOs today.

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