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  • World AIDS Day: why the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS needs remobilising

    By Mark | December 1, 2014

    Source: New Statesman
    By Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa

    The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.

    Sixteen years on from the first World AIDS Day in 1998, this year the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS is in danger of falling down the list of priorities confronting world leaders. 

    It is in 2011 that the UN last hosted a high-level summit on the issue, but it’s not since 2005 that world leaders – hosted by the then Labour government at the Read the rest of this entry »

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    A letter from Cape Town

    By Mark | November 19, 2014

    I am having a week’s holiday in Cape Town.   On the day I arrived, the South African Parliament descended into chaos.   This was entirely coincidental.   It was obvious that the vote on the Nkandla report in the Parliament would be controversial.   It was entirely predictable that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would use the occasion to make a Read the rest of this entry »

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    Save TAC

    By Mark | November 12, 2014

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was founded in South Africa in December 1998 to campaign for access to AIDS treatment. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most important civil society organisations active on AIDS in the developing world.

    Today the future of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa’s most iconic and successful post-apartheid health and human rights movement, is under threat.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides 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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    UNISON pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | December 6, 2013

    UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today paid tribute to the courage and determination of Nelson Mandela, who has died in South Africa.

    “Nelson Mandela was a truly great man. His courage, determination and dignity in the face of extreme and harsh imprisonment was an inspiration to the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Prospects for the future

    By Mark | December 1, 2013

    Swaziland held elections on 20 September, but they weren’t fair or credible. Many boycotted the polls, rather than giving credibility to a process which is controlled by chiefs, bans political parties and fails to meet international standards. ACTSA was joined by Wandile Dludlu, Coordinator of the Swaziland Democracy Campaign and Swaziland United Democratic Front shortly after the elections to build support for the Swaziland Democracy Campaign and highlight the denial of democracy and rights. Here Wandile talks to ACTSA about the Read the rest of this entry »

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    World AIDS Day 2013

    By Tony | December 1, 2013

    World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013, is the 25th World AIDS Day. It is a day to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals, families, communities and nations. Is it a day to celebrate, mourn, be thankful or downcast? In truth all of these. Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: President Zuma gives State of the Nation Address

    By Mark | February 14, 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, the fight against crime, decent work, rural development and land reform. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Treatment Action Campaign turns 14 years old

    By Mark | December 11, 2012

    “In memory of former chief justice Arthur Chalskason”

    Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was launched on 10 December 1998, the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. TAC turns fourteen (14) years today on the international human rights day. Read the rest of this entry »

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