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Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos to visit South Africa

WHO: Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
WHAT: Mission to South Africa
WHEN: 26-28 October 2014
WHERE: Johannesburg, Pretoria

Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, will visit South Africa from 26 to 28 October. Ms. Amos is scheduled to participate in the Eastern and Southern Africa regional consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit.

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Burundi + 2 others
Le Burundi s’inspire de l’Afrique du Sud et du Mexique pour lutter contre la pauvreté

Bujumbura - Au Burundi, deux personnes sur trois vivent en dessous du seuil de la pauvreté et près de 80 pour cent de la population gagne moins d’un dollar par jour. Le chômage constitue l’un des problèmes les plus préoccupants et il touche particulièrement les jeunes.

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South Africa’s pledge for older persons

By Kate Ferreira

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 14 October 2014 – Senior government figures and 40 mayors from across South Africa have marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by signing a unique national pledge to implement minimum standards to both engage older persons in disaster risk reduction and to meet their needs.

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World + 13 others
Ebola ne ferait qu'une bouchée de la plupart des systèmes de santé africains

10/01/2014 06:21 GMT

Par Selim SAHEB ETTABA, avec les bureaux africains de l'AFP

DAKAR, 1 octobre 2014 (AFP) - Les pays d'Afrique subsaharienne se retrouvent inégalement armés face à la menace d'Ebola, mais pratiquement aucun ne tiendrait le choc contre une épidémie d'ampleur, par manque d'infrastructures et de personnels sanitaires de base, selon des spécialistes.

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World + 12 others
Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

10/01/2014 02:03 GMT

by Selim SAHEB ETTABA

DAKAR, October 1, 2014 (AFP) - The disparity in African countries' ability to fight Ebola has left the continent fighting an uneven struggle against a disease that doesn't respect borders -- yet relatively simple measures could help, experts say.

While countries like Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa have well-equipped hospitals with specialist units and high-tech labs, vast expanses of the continent remain health-care deserts.

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South Africa + 2 others
Refugees: positive ruling but issues remain (interview)

“A courageous decision”, said Father David Holdcroft, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa based in Johannesburg, to MISNA in commenting an appeal filed in Pretoria’s supreme court by Ethiopian and Somali refugees and asylum seekers, whose right to work as traders in the country.

Why is the decision to turn to the high court and ruling so important?

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Zimbabwe + 1 other
South Africa to Start Deporting Zimbabweans

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Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo

WASHINGTON DC — South Africa has issued a deportation warning to all foreigners residing in the country illegally, including Zimbabweans who have failed to regularize their stay.

Speaking Sunday at a media briefing in Pretoria, Home Affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni, said Zimbabweans who failed to acquire residence permits in 2010, or regularize their stay in the country through other means will with effect from October be deported from South Africa.

Studio 7 was unable to reach Apleni for his comment on the pending deportations.

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South African move on child trafficking

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - The announcement yesterday that parents would have another nine months to comply with new regulations for travelling into and out of South Africa with their children has been met with a collective sigh of relief.

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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World + 24 others
Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Lesotho + 1 other
School Meals In Lesotho Get Good Review From Visiting Dignitary

A top official from South Africa sees for himself the impact of his country's donation on hunger relief in Lesotho and, in particular, the big difference it has been making for school children.

There was great excitement at Masapong Primary School in early September when it received a visit from South Africa’s Director General of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Jerry Matjila. He was in Lesotho to review the impact of his country’s US $20 million donation to WFP’s school meals and nutrition programmes in the Mountain Kingdom.

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World + 5 others
Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

The number of people with one hectare of agricultural land in Kenya dropped by 17 percent over the last decade, and by 13 percent in Zambia and 16 percent in Uganda, according to the FAO.

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World + 21 others
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

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Lesotho + 1 other
Fears for Lesotho's future after 'coup'

08/31/2014 11:44 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - The attempted assassination of a top military commander plunged Lesotho into further turmoil Sunday, following an apparent coup that forced the prime minister to flee to neighbouring South Africa.

Gunmen attacked the Maseru home of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo confirmed, deepening a seeming battle for control of the military.

The pre-dawn attack was reportedly unsuccessful, killing only a dog, but Mahao's whereabouts is now unknown.

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Liberia + 7 others
Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

08/27/2014 01:22 GMT

by Zoom Dosso

MONROVIA, August 27, 2014 (AFP) - Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office said on Tuesday.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had told overseas ministers to return within a week as part of a state-of-emergency announcement on August 6, warning that extraordinary measures were needed "for the very survival of our state".

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South Africa opens space for traditional rulers to claim land

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IRIN

BABANANGO/JOHANNESBURG, 21 August 2014 (IRIN) - The pace of land reform in South Africa has long been criticized as too slow, but experts and black South Africans still awaiting restitution, fear that the recent reopening of the land claims process may not only delay outstanding claims further but could actually reverse the limited progress that has been made in restoring land to those dispossessed by Apartheid-era policies.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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World + 13 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 4, July 2014

Editorial Note

10 Years of IPC

This year, the IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally developed by FAO in Somalia in 2004, the IPC has been extensively applied in different countries and contexts.

In 2007, the IPC became a Multi- Agency Partnership, now led by 11 Partners under the results-based IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014- 2016) launched in February 2014.

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South Africa + 1 other
S.Africa says 250,000 Zimbabweans can stay, for now

08/12/2014 13:27 GMT

PRETORIA, August 12, 2014 (AFP) - South Africa on Tuesday said around 250,000 Zimbabweans living in the country on temporary visas due to expire this year can get three-year extensions, delaying a possible mass expulsion of workers.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said a scheme that allowed Zimbabweans to flee the political crisis at home on four-year work visas would be extended until 2017.

"The new special permit is valid only for three years," Gigaba told reporters, making it clear this was only a reprieve for worried Zimbabweans.

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Earthquake strikes South Africa, one dead

08/05/2014 13:49 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, August 5, 2014 (AFP) - A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck South Africa on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the commercial capital Johannesburg and killing one man in a gold mining town as well as injuring several mineworkers.

The quake, centred south of Johannesburg, was reportedly felt as far afield as neighbouring Botswana and Mozambique.

At least one person was killed when a building collapsed in the town Orkney in the heart of a gold mining belt, according to emergency services agency ER24.

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World + 17 others
FACT SHEET: U.S.-African Cooperation on Food Security

Since coming into office in the midst of a global financial and food crisis, President Obama has made food security a foreign policy priority. Building on commitments first made by African leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo in 2003, the President led the G-8 in 2009 in launching a global food security initiative in L’Aquila, Italy and then shortly after launched Feed the Future which invests assistance in countries’ national food security plans, promotes agricultural research and innovation, and helps build the capacity of our partners.