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    South Africa: Division between Congress of South Africa Trade Union affiliates

    Friday, January 31st, 2014

    Nine COSATU affiliated member unions held a press conference on 29 January, called for the reinstatement of the suspended General Secretary and the urgent holding of a special national delegate conference. COSATU subsequently issued a statement condemning the holding of the press conference of the nine. COSATU has 21 affiliated unions. The General Secretary of [...]

    South Africa: Government accuse pharmaceutical companies of genocide

    Monday, January 27th, 2014

    Source: Mail and Guardian Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has accused a group of multinational pharmaceutical companies active in South Africa of conspiring against the state, the people of South Africa and the populations of developing countries – and of planning what amounts to mass murder. 

    South Africa: Platinum Mining – Strike continues but also low level talks

    Monday, January 27th, 2014

    Most of the platinum mines in the South Africa are silent for the fourth day as a strike called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) enters its fifth day. However, what are described as low level talks have begun. An estimated 70,000 workers are on strike. AMCU which has become

    South Africa: Four police officers arrested after death of protestor

    Friday, January 24th, 2014

    Source: BBC Four police officers have been arrested over Thursday’s deadly shooting of a protester in South Africa. Tshepo Babuseng, 28, was shot, allegedly by a policeman, at a protest over

    Aid for Trade but does it reduce poverty?

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    Trade may help people out of poverty but improving or increasing trade does not necessarily help those in poverty. DFID has just cancelled support for a major programme, “ Trademark Southern Africa”,

    Zimbabwe’s ailing economy fuelling child labour

    Thursday, January 9th, 2014

    Source: IRIN The company closures, downsizings and retrenchments that have led to the demise of Zimbabwe’s

    Swaziland government rated ‘very bad’ for efforts to tackle poverty

    Friday, January 3rd, 2014

    Source: IRIN A large majority of people in Swaziland go to bed hungry and blame their government for failing to address their food needs, according to findings from the first formal survey to determine how Swazis view their standard of living. The results from