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Social / CSR in Southern Africa

  • Grace Mugabe denies plotting to poison rival for Zimbabwe presidency

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/10/09 Wife of president Robert Mugabe says suspicions following illness of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa are nonsensical. The wife of Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe, has publicly denied that she was behind the attempted poisoning of her biggest rival to succeed her husband. In remarks broadcast on national TV on Friday, Grace Mugabe, 53, said the charge was “nonsensical”. Her remarks – described as “extraordinary” by observers – followed the claim a day before by one of Zimbabwe’s vice-presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa, that he had been poisoned at the same time as he fell ill at a rally in August and had to be airlifted to hospital in South Africa.
  • KPMG's South Africa bosses purged over Gupta scandal

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/09/17 World auditor KPMG cleared out its South African leadership en masse on Friday next damning findings from an internal investigation into work done for businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma. KPMG's investigation into its work for the Guptas, accused by a public watchdog of improperly influencing government contracts, identified no evidence of crimes or corruption, but found that work done for Gupta family firms "fell considerably short of KPMG's standards", the auditor said in a statement.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Union in South Africa says the recent comments by that country`s Deputy Police Minister insinuating an influx of foreigners in Johannesburg are unfortunate. The Minister, Bongani Mkongi, was quoted to have said: “How can a city in South Africa be 80 % foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.” He made the comments while reacting to the problem of hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.
  • Sign language used in class at Mary Kohn School in Observatory, Cape Town.

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/28 The Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament has recommended that Sign Language be declared the 12th official language in SA, a language board has said. The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) released a statement on Thursday acknowledging "the positive step". "The committee is recommending that section 6 (1) and (5) (a) be amended to include SA Sign Language as an official language. The committee accepted the fact that, the issue of addressing the proposition for declaring SASL as an official language was long overdue," said PanSALB spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi.
  • President Robert Mugabe's sons were evicted from a luxury apartment block in Johannesburg's

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/16 President Robert Mugabe's sons were evicted from a luxury apartment block in Johannesburg's affluent Sandton area because of their "unacceptable behaviour", a newspaper claimed on Friday. The details come next Mugabe said last month his wife had made an "emergency" trip to South Africa to find " fasten accommodation" for their two sons.
  • South Africa: Storm Clouds Over The Rainbow Nation

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/09 The rise of Nelson Mandela and the ANC in 1994 and the end of the malevolence of apartheid in South Africa was meant to usher in a new era of social justice and racial equality in a country in a continent that had at no time known either. There were great hopes for the next, with a lot of sure that the creation of a political ecosystem that relied on democracy and the removal of discriminatory laws and regulations would be a sure-fire recipe for success, which would be equitable to each group on South Africa and would be guaranteed to lift up those who had been underrepresented politically and who had underperformed economically.
  • Botswana’s former president Ketumile Masire dies

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/01 Botswana’s former president Sir Ketumile Masire, the southern African country’s second post-independence leader and who led efforts to bring peace to Mozambique, has died aged 91, an aide said on Friday. Masire had been heavily involved in efforts to end violence between Mozambique’s government and the major opposition Renamo party in his role as co-chair of an international group of mediators.
  • Namibia, SA mourns anti-apartheid icon

    NAMIBIA, 2017/06/20 The death of revered Namibian liberation icon, Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, has drawn unparalleled attention and emotion particularly part Namibians and South Africans, with an outpouring of condolences to bid farewell to an anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner who was incarcerated on Robben Island together with the late Nelson Mandela and a lot of others. Ya Toivo died on 9 June 2017 at his home in Windhoek. He was 92.
  • Namibia: Poverty Still a Challenge

    NAMIBIA, 2017/06/06 President Hage Geingob said despite evolution having been made, poverty levels remained a major national challenge. Geingob said this yesterday at the official launch of the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) at National Home, adding that development was defined by the economic, political and social well-being of citizens. "The problem of poverty continues to be a challenge. We have sought to provide relief in crises, but we need to find a durable solution that helps everyone achieve the kind of lives they have reason to price," he said, adding that poverty eradication remained the focus of his government.