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    ANC Disciplinary Appeal Committee confirms expulsion of Julius Malema and suspension of two other members of ANC Youth League National Executive

    Thursday, April 26th, 2012

    ANC, 24 April 2012 Having considered the grounds of appeal and the Heads of Argument, the NDCA rules as follows:- APPEAL OF FLOYD SHIVAMBU 227. The appeal is dismissed. 228. The Respondent`s argument that the sanction of the Appellant be increased to a suspension of 5 years was considered by the NDCA and rejected. 229. [...]

    Southern Africa sets up regional climate research centre

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

    Guardian, 23 April 2012 Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek. The Southern African Science Service Centre for [...]

    Swaziland: Will the cult of King Mswati ever end?

    Thursday, April 19th, 2012

    BBC, 19 April 2012 Mswati III of Swaziland is accustomed to marking his birthday with a no-expense-spared celebration, literally one fit for a king. But with his country’s economy in free fall, this year there is no budget for a lavish do on Thursday 19 April as he turns 44. Home Affairs Minister Prince Gcokoma [...]

    Anglo American urged to act over tuberculosis claims

    Thursday, April 19th, 2012

    The Guardian, 19 April 2012 A South African miner who claims he contracted tuberculosis as a result of digging gold on behalf of Anglo American will use the FTSE 100 company’s annual meeting on Thursday to demand compensation. Daniel Seabata Thakamakau, 66, will represent more than 1,200 former miners who are suing Anglo American for [...]

    Anglo American pressed over dying miners

    Thursday, April 19th, 2012

    ACTSA Press release, 19 April 2012 A dying former Anglo American miner will speak out at its annual meeting today in a bid to win compensation and healthcare for men like him left destitute with silicosis which they blame on the company’s neglect. Daniel Seabata Thakamakau, 66, who toiled underground at gold mines in the [...]

    Mugabe calls for an end to political violence

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 18 April 2012 Zimbabwe’s president said on Wednesday that political violence must be “buried in the past” to move the nation toward free and unhindered elections.

    Swaziland’s vibrant tourist industry masks a hunger for democracy

    Thursday, April 12th, 2012

    David Smith, Guardian The tiny nation plays on its status as the only absolute monarchy in Africa – but citizens demand democracy as well as tradition. Culture and tradition are big selling points for Swaziland. Tourists looking for “the real Africa” are encouraged to see the big five wild animals on safari, visit villages or [...]

    Joyce Banda sworn in as new president of Malawi

    Saturday, April 7th, 2012

    The Guardian, 7 April 2012 Prominent women’s rights campaigner Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi‘s president on Saturday, becoming southern Africa‘s first female head of state and raising hopes for a fresh start in the small, poor nation after the death of her predecessor. Banda, a 61-year-old policeman’s daughter who has won international recognition [...]

    TUC protests at deregistration of Swazi trade unions

    Saturday, April 7th, 2012

    TUC, 7 April 2012 Ahead of a day of action by Swazi democrats and trade unionists on 12 April, the TUC has joined international trade union protests at the deregistration of the newly merged Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), which held its founding conference only a month ago. General Secretary Brendan Barber has protested [...]

    Government de-register Swaziland’s new trade union federation

    Thursday, April 5th, 2012

    AFP Swaziland has closed down its only labour union, which had threatened to lead a protest against Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III, federation leader Mduduzi Gina said Thursday. “Yes, we have been de-registered,” the secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) told AFP.

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