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17 Apr 2015 description

PRETORIA, South Africa, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday welcomed government efforts to contain a wave of xenophobia in South Africa but said it was "extremely concerned" about the attacks in the past three weeks that have killed six people and displaced more than 5,000 foreigners. Those uprooted include refugees and asylum-seekers.

17 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 08:09 GMT

Twelve people were arrested overnight as anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa spread to parts of downtown Johannesburg, police said Friday.

"Twelve suspects were arrested for trying to break into foreign-owned shops," said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

It was the latest incident in a wave of immigrant-targeted violence that began earlier this month in the port city of Durban, leaving at least six people dead.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

13 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

WASHINGTON DC— South African Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has moved in to try and ease tensions in the country’s townships and squatter camps following fresh incidents of xenophobic attacks.

Reports from Durban say over a thousand foreigners have fled their homes and are seeking refuge at police stations following violent attacks from South Africans.

10 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness persists in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

03 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to develop in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

01 Apr 2015 description

Eager to expand their range of approaches, peacebuilding actors have for some years witnessed a growing interest in the role of art initiatives in conflict management. For their part, increasing numbers of artists are using it as a means to escape traditional art institutions. The professionalisation of the field has led us to consider the role that art could play in peacebuilding, as well as the advantages and associated risks of this approach and the challenges that must be overcome.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

25 Mar 2015 description

Hidroeletrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the company that operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi river, has announced that it will spend 480 million meticais (US$14 million) on protecting HCB transmission lines from the effects of flooding.

This protection will involve strengthening the pylons on or near river banks. Broader and deeper foundations for the pylons will be built, which will be able to withstand the force of the waters during peak moments of a flood.

24 Mar 2015 description

By Kate Seymour

Siphokazi Kosopi suffered intense discrimination after she was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). However, with the support of her family and the South African Red Cross Society, she has become an advocate for acceptance and a mentor to other MDR-TB patients in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

When she first fell ill in 2013, Kosopi did not know what was wrong with her. She had no appetite, had diarrhoea and was losing weight. Her family took her to a hospital where she was admitted and put into an isolated room.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

10 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ndimyake Mwakalyele

WASHINGTON DC— South African authorities have reportedly sealed off the Sikwalakwala border post linking the country with Zimbabwe amid reports of a cholera outbreak in the south-eastern parts of Chiredzi, Masvingo province, and Beitbridge.

A regular caller on VOA Studio 7’s LiveTalk program, who normally identifies himself as Moshangani from Chigwedziba communal lands and is now based in South Africa, said that country allegedly shut down its border in order to protect its citizens from the disease.

06 Mar 2015 description

Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated.

05 Mar 2015 description

Despite the medical progress, teenagers living with HIV continue to face a raft of challenges.

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary production forecasts point sharp reduction in 2015 maize crop, due to dry weather

  • Following favourable supply situation in 2014/15 (May/April), lower production forecast for 2015 is expected to result in tighter supply situation and low export availabilities

  • Maize prices increased rapidly in last month in response to unfavourable production prospects. However, overall good supply situation in 2014/15 has maintained prices below their year-earlier levels

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

20 Feb 2015 description

Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

13 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

06 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue in southeastern Africa; dryness remains in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa

06 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman
February 04, 2015 5:23 PM

Most young women who are at the highest risk of contracting the AIDS virus do not use drugs designed to prevent HIV infection, even when they're offered. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in thousands of women in Africa.