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    “Zimbabwe must respect fundamental freedoms in run-up to constitutional referendum,” warn UN rights experts

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

    Three United Nations Special Rapporteurs urged today the Government of Zimbabwe to respect international human rights norms and standards pertaining to freedoms of association, of peaceful assembly and of expression in the run up to the constitutional referendum on 16 March and subsequent elections which may take place next July.

    South Africa to Investigate Zimbabwe’s Politically Motivated Rape

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

    AIDS Free World South Africa has made a groundbreaking decision to investigate crimes against humanity in Zimbabwe. This unprecedented action positions the country as a global leader in confronting rape worldwide, and provides the first real hope that a past campaign of mass rape will be prosecuted and future atrocities will be prevented.

    Southern Africa: report on flood situation

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    A brief update on the floods affecting southern Africa from Relief Web.

    South Africa: Mamphela Ramphele to launch new political party, Agang?

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    Mamphela Ramphele, an activist against apartheid, one of the leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement alongside such as Steve Biko, a medical doctor, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and one of the of four managing directors of the World Bank has announced she is consulting on forming a new party political platform.

    The EU Zimbabwe 18 February 2013

    Monday, February 18th, 2013

    The EU has lifted the travel ban on six members of the government of Zimbabwe. 21 people and one company have been removed from restrictive measures list (travel ban and asset freeze). A peaceful and credible referendum would be grounds for the removal of majority of remaining measures. Council of the European Union Council conclusions [...]

    South Africa: President Zuma gives State of the Nation Address

    Thursday, February 14th, 2013

    State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament, Cape Town The Presidency President Zuma gave his State of the Nation Address to Parliament on 14 February. In it he highlighted five key priorities including education, health, [...]

    Zambia: Is legal tax avoidance costing Zambia millions?

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

    ActionAid A new investigation released today by ActionAid has revealed that the Associated British Foods group (ABF), owner of Silver Spoon sugar, Ryvita and Primark, is dodging its tax bill in Zambia, one of the world’s poorest countries.

    Southern Africa floods, Mozambique 69 dead, 150,000 displaced so far in 2013

    Friday, February 8th, 2013

    UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Since October 2012, floods in Mozambique have killed a total of 97 people, of which 69 people have been killed since the major flooding began in January 2013.

    COSATU cautiously welcomes increase in farm workers minimum wage

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes the decision of the Minister of Labour to adopt the recommendation of the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) to increase the national minimum wage of farm workers from R69 to R105 per day, which means R11.66 per hour, R525 a week or R2274.82 a month.

    South Africa: Increase in farm workers minimum wage met with caution

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

    South Africa has increased the basic daily wage of farm workers by 52% following a violent strike in the wine-producing Western Cape region, the labour minister has said.