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South Africa's health system shuns asylum seekers

Report
IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2014 (IRIN) - When Elise M’s* 18-year-old daughter tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills last year, the ambulance that Elise called took them to nearby South Rand Hospital, in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville. But nurses at the hospital refused to admit her.

“They pointed to a sign on the wall saying non-South Africans have to pay R5,000, [US$457]” recalled Elise. “I offered my cell phone, but they said, ‘No, this is not a pawn shop.’”

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Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation: Vital step in shaping future of humanitarian action: Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos

(Pretoria, 28 October 2014): Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, concluding a two-day visit to South Africa today said that learning from the experiences of the region will be vital in the global effort to reform humanitarian action.

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World + 21 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary October 31 - November 6, 2014

Rainy season begins slowly in southern Africa, dryness widens in Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

  2. Consistently above-average rains across parts of eastern Ethiopia have caused flooding downstream along the Juba and Shabelle River Basins in southern Somalia. Continued rainfall is expected to result in additional flooding.

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Senegal + 9 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 30 – November 5, 2014

  • Another week of poorly distributed rains across the Greater Horn has led to strengthening deficits in southern Somalia.

  • In southern Africa, a delayed start of monsoonal rains observed in parts of Angola and South Africa.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Burundi sigue el modelo de Sudáfrica y México en la lucha contra la pobreza

Bujumbura - En Burundi, dos tercios de los habitantes viven por debajo del umbral de pobreza y cerca del 80% de la población gana menos de US $1 por día. El desempleo representa uno de los problemas más preocupantes y afecta especialmente a los jóvenes. En este contexto, ¿qué iniciativas pueden contribuir a alcanzar un futuro mejor?

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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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World + 9 others
Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa Staying the Course, October 2014

Strong Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, but Pockets of Difficulty

  • Infrastructure, services, agriculture driving growth in most economies
  • Positive outlook overshadowed by Ebola impact in affected countries
  • Goals are high, inclusive growth and addressing fiscal risks in a few countries

Strong growth in the majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should underpin a robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the IMF said in its regional outlook.

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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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Hidden Hunger in South Africa

Report
Oxfam

Hidden hunger strips away dignity, perpetuates inequality and destroys South Africans’ potential to prosper

One in four people in South Africa do not have enough to eat, and half the population is at risk of hunger, despite the country producing more than enough food.

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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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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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Madagascar + 8 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (23rd to 29th September 2014)

Regional Overview

According to FEWSNET, regional cereal production estimates for 2013/14 show an increased availability by 17 per cent above last year and 19 per cent above the past five-year average. Cereal production is also 2 per cent above the regional annual requirements.

In Focus: Southern Africa Climate Outlook

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South Africa to Start Deporting Zimbabweans

Report
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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Angola + 10 others
Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 1, 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

Overview of the SARCOF Forecast

Four seasonal forecasts were issued at the SARCOF, covering the periods October to December 2014 (figure 1a), November 2014 to January 2015 (figure 1b), December 2014 to February 2015 (figure 1c), and January to March 2015 (figure 1d). According to the SARCOF, most of the SADC region is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall (light blue colours) throughout the forecast period. The exceptions are as follows: