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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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Zimbabwe + 5 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (19 to 25 August 2014)

Regional Overview

The South African Government has placed an immediate ban on the entry of non-South Africans from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), taking place from 27 to 29 August in Windhoek, Namibia, will develop the first regional seasonal forecast for the coming rainfall season.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in northern DRC, which are said to be a different strain to the outbreak in West Africa.

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South Africa opens space for traditional rulers to claim land

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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.

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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.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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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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Madagascar + 1 other
Southern Africa Weekly Report Map, 5 to 11 August 2014

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GIEWS Country Brief: South Africa 05-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • A bumper maize crop estimated at about 14.7 million tonnes, was gathered in 2014

  • Positive supply outlook for the 2014/15 marketing year (May/April)

  • The improved supply situation, as well as lower international quotations, resulted in a sharp decrease in maize prices

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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.

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World + 9 others
FACT SHEET: U.S. Engagement on Climate Change and Resilience in Africa

Disasters and shocks — natural or manmade — have the potential to throw poor and marginal populations into crisis and wipe away hard-earned development gains. These disasters and shocks are occurring with greater frequency and intensity, making it difficult to build resilient communities, particularly in countries facing severe socio-economic challenges exacerbated by the effects of climate change.

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World + 10 others
FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law do better, grow faster, draw more investment than those who don’t.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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Malawi + 5 others
Southern Africa Price Bulletin July 2014

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

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South Africa's life expectancy jumps to 61.2 years

07/31/2014 18:10 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Life expectancy in AIDS-hit South Africa has shot up sharply over the past decade, thanks to life prolonging anti-retroviral (ARVs) treatment, latest estimates from the country's statistics agency showed Thursday.

South Africans are on average living up to 61.2 years compared to 52.2 years some 10 years ago.

"For 2014 life expectancy at birth is estimated at 59.1 years for males and 63.1 years for females," said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) in an annual demographics report.

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Angola + 10 others
Long Term Planning Framework Southern Africa 2012-2015 Version 2 of 31.07.2014

  1. Who are we?

The Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) located in Botswana is part of the Africa Zone and the wider IFRC Secretariat. The regional office covers 10 countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Madagascar + 12 others
Southern Africa: Malnutrition Snapshot (as of July 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW: MALNUTRITION

Malnutrition levels, particularly stunting levels, in the southern Africa region are very high, as is reflected in child nutritional status. All the countries in the region have stunting levels that are of concern, above the 20% World Health Organization (WHO) threshold for stunting.

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South Africa + 2 others
Space to heal in an unequal society

Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.