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12 May 2018 description
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May 11, 2018 11:02 AM
Darren Taylor

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — While the South African city of Cape Town drew international attention when it warned it could run out of water this year, an international charity focused on global water supplies says "slow burning" droughts have wreaked even worse devastation in other parts of Africa.

Jonathan Farr leads work on water security for Water Aid, an organization that works to bring clean water to some of the world's poorest communities, including in southern Africa.

04 Apr 2017 description
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WASHINGTON — Several countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including Zimbabwe, on Monday evening experienced an earth tremor described by a seismologist as out of the ordinary.

Times Live of South Africa, quoting TMG Digital, reported the tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale in Gauteng occurred earlier in the day in Krugersdorp on the West Rand of Gauteng before another one hit in the evening.

18 Mar 2017 description
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BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Malawi has started registering new cases of cholera in areas bordering Mozambique, one week after the government in Malawi warned of a cholera outbreak in the neighboring country.

The disease — an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium — affects children and adults, and can kill within hours if left untreated.

Malawi last registered cholera cases in 2015, but now health authorities in Malawi say they have found new cases at a health center in Nsanje district bordering Mozambique.

15 Jun 2016 description
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Patricia Mudadigwa

Thirty-six years after independence, villagers along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border are still being seriously affected by landmines planted during the war of liberation of the 1970s by the Rhodesian security forces to stop freedom fighters from entering the country.

In several areas, some of the minefields are being cleared by a non-governmental organization, which is giving the villagers a new lease of life.

24 May 2016 description
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Anita Powell
May 23, 2016 2:49 PM

Severe food shortages in southern Africa are expected to grow dramatically worse by year's end, unless the world does something soon.

African aid experts say they worry that the continent’s crippling drought may fall behind crises in conflict-ravaged nations like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, as international aid officials converge this week for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

20 Oct 2015 description
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Lameck Masina

BLANTYRE—Recent fighting between government forces and opposition RENAMO fighters in Mozambique is increasing the influx of asylum seekers into Malawi. More than 150 Mozambicans have entered Malawi in recent days as the conflict over the disputed election intensifies. But their fate is in limbo as the Malawi government plans to close down the refugee camp where 140 others are living.

14 Aug 2015 description
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Lameck Masina
August 13, 2015 4:09 AM

BLANTYRE—Hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into Malawi because of fighting between government forces and the opposition party RENAMO. Many of the displaced people are resisting being relocated to a refugee camp.

The Mozambicans started entering Malawi in early July after RENAMO fighters carried out two attacks in Tete province.

RENAMO disputes the result of last year's elections and wants autonomy in northern Mozambique, where it has the most support.

10 Mar 2015 description
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Anita Powell
March 09, 2015 11:22 AM

JOHANNESBURG—Cholera has again reared its ugly head in Southern Africa, infecting nearly 6,000 people in Mozambique, Malawi and now Zimbabwe. Heavy rains have been cited as the main culprit of this outbreak, but poor sanitation continues to plague this region, and human rights advocates say that is a failure of leadership.

The record-setting rain that has washed over the nations of Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe has brought back a disease that plagues Southern Africa: cholera.

14 Nov 2014 description
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Gillian Parker

MAPUTO/XINAVANE/XIA XIA, MOZAMBIQUE—With more than half of the population illiterate and its people speaking more than 40 local languages, Mozambique faces colossal challenges in disseminating health information to its population. As the country rolls out new national health campaigns, communication experts are becoming savvier about how they reach Mozambicans.

16 Jul 2014 description
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Tatenda Gumbo 15.07.2014 20:19

WASHINGTON —Zimbabwe is among 15 countries in Africa that will soon be able to test infants for HIV in just 60-minutes.

The test, called Alere q HIV ½ Detect assay, which has proved effective in Maputo, Mozambique, where it was tested in five clinics, was developed by Alere, a leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic and health information solutions, in the world.

03 Apr 2014 description
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MAPUTO — Two decades ago, when a devastating civil war ended, Mozambique was considered one of the countries most gravely affected by landmines. Now the country is hoping to be declared mine-free by the end of the year. But, as the world marks the International Day of Mine Awareness on April 4, will revived hostilities between the two civil war enemies - Frelimo, which runs the government, and Renamo, which is now the opposition - keep the country from reaching its target?

Luis Wammasse was a young soldier fighting in Mozambique's civil war when he stepped on a landmine.

22 Aug 2013 description
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Lameck Masina

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Groups representing small-scale farmers, rural women and social activists from the countries of the Southern African Development Community, SADC, are asking the regional bloc to consider stop giving what they say is “red carpet” treatment to multilateral corporations at the expense of the poor.

The call is included in a joint statement issued by the Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmer’s Forum and People’s Dialogue which says the region is facing ongoing challenges and a deepening crisis due to neo-liberal economic policies.

25 Feb 2013 description
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by Kim Lewis

Torrential rains continue to cause flooding in large areas of Mozambique affecting 238,000 people and of those 186,000 have been forced to flee their homes for safety. Both the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers have burst their banks and humanitarian agencies are working in clusters to provide assistance and shelter to the homeless.

15 Feb 2013 description
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Jinty Jackson
February 15, 2013

CHOKWE, MOZAMBIQUE — Mozambique’s government wants to permanently resettle people living in the flood-prone Limpopo river basin after a devastating flood swept through the area last month.

Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina is pushing local authorities to be firm with people who want to return home - saying the risk of future floods is too great. The government is offering people plots of land on higher ground if they agree to move. Close to 100 people died in the floods and more than 200,000 have been affected.

14 Dec 2012 description
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"What we’ve seen in the past few years is the securitization of immigration in South Africa,” said Roni Amit, a senior researcher at the Center for African Migration and Society at Johannesburg’s Wits University.

“There’s just this increased sense that we need to protect our borders and stop people from coming in. There’s this perception that there’s a flood of African migrants coming into the country and that we need to restrict that and keep them out and that they are a drain on the economy.”

04 Dec 2012 description
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The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it is seriously concerned that some army generals aligned to President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party may abuse troops that have been reportedly deployed along the border with Mozambique ahead of crucial elections expected next year.

24 Nov 2012 description
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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will not be distracted from democratic reforms in Zimbabwe by regional upheavals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, South Africa and Madagascar, says SADC executive secretary, Tomaz Salomao.

However, groups like the Brussels-based International Crisis Group are already complaining that SADC, the guarantor of Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement, is failing to enforce implementation of the power-sharing deal it brokered in 2008.

09 Oct 2012 description
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Joe DeCapua

Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.

Listen to De Capua Report on African wheat

27 Sep 2012 description
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Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mozambique have joined a global partnership aimed at boosting food security and addressing malnutrition in Africa.

The countries are part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition launched earlier this year by the Group of Eight leading industrial nations.

26 Jul 2012 description
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Africa’s private sector is being asked to play a bigger role in fighting HIV/AIDS. The Gift from Africa initiative calls on businesses to invest in the continent by investing in health. The initiative was discussed at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington.

Listen: De Capua report on HIV-AIDS and the private sector