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  • South Africa: Mamphela Ramphele no longer the Democratic Alliance presidential candidate. Agang DA merger off.

    By Mark | February 3, 2014

    Agang-DA fallout: More questions than answers from Ramphele

    Source: Mail and Guardian

    Mamphela Ramphele has offered little explaination on why her decision to run as the DA’s presidential candidate was not discussed with Agang members.

    Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has blamed the Democratic Alliance (DA) for jumping the gun in announcing her joining the DA, in a disastrous week for the opposition which saw a short-lived alliance between the two parties aborted before it Read the rest of this entry »

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

    By Tony | January 31, 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 COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi was Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Government accuse pharmaceutical companies of genocide

    By Mark | January 27, 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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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

    By Tony | January 27, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Four police officers arrested after death of protestor

    By Mark | January 24, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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    Aid for Trade but does it reduce poverty?

    By Tony | January 15, 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”, Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe’s ailing economy fuelling child labour

    By Mark | January 9, 2014

    Source: IRIN

    The company closures, downsizings and retrenchments that have led to the demise of Zimbabwe’s Read the rest of this entry »

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

    By Mark | January 3, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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    Southern Africa Elections in 2014

    By Mark | December 31, 2013

    There will be national elections in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa in 2014.

    Botswana is expected to go to the polls in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Police break up Mandela Memorial Service

    By Mark | December 13, 2013

    The Royal Swaziland Police blocked off the Lutheran Church in Manzini to  prevent a memorial service to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela from taking place. Read the rest of this entry »

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