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    Climate Change: did Durban achieve breakthrough or postpone key decisions?

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

    UNFCCC Press Release, 11 December 2011 Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, have delivered a breakthrough on the future of the international community.s response to climate change, whilst recognizing the urgent need to raise their collective level of ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.

    Zuma calls for decisive climate action

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

    SAPA, Mail and Guardian, 6 December The world needs to move away from analysing and studying climate change to identifying practical adaptation actions, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

    Swaziland: Home of the forgotten despot

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

    Morning Star, 5 December If you were asked what you knew about Swaziland, what would be your response? What do you know about this small country of less than a million people located between Mozambique and South Africa? As the Scottish Trades Union Congress delegate on a recent ACTSA visit to southern Africa, I had [...]

    Zim media activist detained

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

    Reuters, Mail and Guardian Zimbabwe police detained a leading media rights activist on Tuesday in what analysts said was a new crackdown on critics of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party before possible general elections next year.

    Stephen Lewis: “Reduced support to Global Fund tantamount to murder”

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

    Aids-free World, 6 December 2011 Remarks by Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, delivered at a plenary session at the 2011 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) With your indulgence, I’m going to deviate from the assigned topic. I shall address the Millennium Development Goals, but not in the way [...]

    Cosatu: Why we oppose the secrecy bill

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011

    Zwelinzima Vavi, Secretary General, Congress of South African Trade Unions The Protection of State Information Bill has been the subject of unpre­cedented and sustained negative attention both locally and internationally.

    Swaziland: Opposition to military spending grows

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011

    IRIN, 29 November 2011 Swaziland spends 4.7 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on paying, equipping and barracking the 3,000 soldiers in its army, and now parliament has passed a US$8 million supplementary budget for the force, provoking a rare public reaction in questioning the role or even the need for an army in [...]

    President Zuma launches new South Africa strategy on HIV/AIDS and TB

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011

    South Africa Presidency, 1 December 2011 Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of World AIDS Day and the launch of National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and TB for 2012-2016, Port Elizabeth On this day each year, the world gathers to reflect on progress made in the fight against [...]