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01 Dec 2016 description

Balaclava, Mauritius – 26 November. The meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Disaster Risk Management held the 26th November 2016 has adopted the SADC Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Strategy which is expected to enhance coordinated interventions to disasters in the region.

30 Nov 2016 description

The livestock industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy, contributing approximately 40 percent of the global value of agricultural production. Most of this growth is in response to global changes, such as a growing and increasingly urbanized human population, accompanied by an increase in meat consumption.

28 Nov 2016 description
report UNAIDS

Despite the progress made against HIV over the past 15 years and the availability of proven prevention and treatment methods, the annual number of new HIV infections among adults has remained static, at an estimated 1.9 million a year since 2010. Moreover, there has been resurgence of new HIV infections among key populations in some parts of the world.

25 Nov 2016 description

South Africa - Government employees and civil society representatives convened this week (22-23/11) in Johannesburg for the third National Migration Health Consultation to discuss South Africa’s progress in responding to the HIV epidemic. The national consultations have been held since 2010 to discuss equitable access to the public health system in South Africa.

24 Nov 2016 description
report Oxfam

Les inégalités entre les femmes et les hommes sont à la fois la cause et la conséquence des violences faites aux femmes et aux filles. Forte de ce constat, Oxfam lance aujourd’hui une campagne internationale : **« Ça suffit ! Ensemble, mettons fin aux violences faites aux femmes et aux filles »**. Il s’agit d’en finir avec l’une des violations des droits humains les plus répandues dans le monde.

24 Nov 2016 description
report Oxfam

Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam today, as the agency launches a new global campaign called “Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls” to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations.

A third of women will experience violence at some point in their life. Violence against women and girls knows no boundaries of geography or culture – it is a global crisis. However, marginalized women, including poor women and girls, are the most vulnerable to violence.

22 Nov 2016 description

Johannesburg – The first national CD4/viral load monitoring dashboard has been launched in South Africa to help doctors and nurses keep a close eye on the health of HIV/Aids patients and reduce fatalities caused by illnesses linked to the epidemic.

The dashboard was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday by Right to Care in collaboration with the Department of Health, National Health Laboratory Service, National Institute of Communicable Diseases and Boston University.

18 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - Cabinet has conveyed its condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the recent floods and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

“The nation’s thoughts and prayers are with those whose loved ones are still missing,” Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

Flash floods in Gauteng and Mpumalanga resulted in the loss of lives, displaced communities, especially in informal areas, and destroyed infrastructure such as roads, bridges and property.

18 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu has dispatched an outbreak response team to the areas surrounding the Jukskei River following the recent flash flooding and the subsequent bursting of the river banks.

This is in a bid to mitigate any potential water borne disease outbreaks.

The Jukskei River is one of the longest rivers in Gauteng and flows through several industrialised and semi-rural areas hence it is always heavily contaminated.

16 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - The Gauteng Executive Council has declared a state of disaster in parts of Gauteng affected by flash floods.

The declaration, which was made today at a special meeting in Johannesburg, is made in terms of section 41 of the Disaster Management Act.

On the afternoon of 9 November 2016, Gauteng experienced heavy downpours, which led to flash floods in parts of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.

16 Nov 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Lors de leur assemblée annuelle, les États parties ne doivent pas compromettre les principes de la justice face au risque de nouveaux retraits

16 Nov 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

At Annual Meeting, Don’t Trade Away Justice in Face of Withdrawals

14 Nov 2016 description

Nouveau record en vue: 2016 devrait être encore plus chaude que 2015

Tout semble indiquer que 2016 sera l’année la plus chaude qui ait été observée depuis le début des relevés et que la température moyenne sera même supérieure au record établi en 2015. Selon les données provisoires dont dispose l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la température moyenne en 2016 devrait être supérieure d’environ 1,2 °Celsius à ce qu’elle était à l’époque préindustrielle.

14 Nov 2016 description

2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

11 Nov 2016 description

Flash floods in Johannesburg over the past two days have caused, havoc, panic and left many people destitute. Lifelong belongings were destroyed in a blink of an eye. Red Cross Volunteers and Staff took to the Streets of Section 19 in Alexandra and handed out clothing and toiletries donated by Land Rover South Africa to the destitute families that are housed in The Jesus is Lord Church. Red Cross thanks Land Rover South Africa for their Hope Crosses any Terrain donations.

11 Nov 2016 description

11.11.2016 – Whether facing strong rains or heat waves, cities can use various strategies to protect themselves against climate change impacts.

10 Nov 2016 description

Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days causing floods. Approx. 62 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Pongola city (Kwazulu-Natal province) over 8-9 November.

According to local media reports, as of 10 November early morning (UTC), at least four people have been killed, another two have gone missing in the city of Johannesburg and traffic has been disrupted in the cities of Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg (Gauteng province).

08 Nov 2016 description

by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Across peace and development initiatives, the exclusion of women comes at a high cost. Without women’s equal participation, peace agreements are more fragile, peacekeeping missions are less credible and safe, and economies are less prosperous.

08 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - Despite the recent rainfalls, severe drought continues to hit the Eastern Cape, with most dams still under 40% capacity.

Eastern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Fikile Xasa, said Amathole, Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi and OR Tambo District Municipalities are the most affected areas of the province.

08 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has allocated R212 million to assist provinces that have been severely affected by the drought.

The money is to be used for animal feed in seven provinces including the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. These provinces have declared a provincial state of drought disaster, as South Africa battles the worst drought since 1992.