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13 Oct 2017 description

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has declared the province a disaster area.

“We must also indicate that the executive council will submit an application to national government for classification and declaration of a disaster as a provincial disaster in terms of the section 41 of the Disaster Management Act, since it affects more than one district,” said Premier Mchunu.

The declaration of a disaster area paves the way for Provincial Treasury to reprioritise the provincial budget and redirect funds towards the rebuilding of the province.

12 Oct 2017 description

Gauteng Premier David Makhura will declare parts of the province disaster areas following the severe storms and strong winds that hit the province on Monday.

This decision was taken at an ordinary meeting of the Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday, following a briefing on the extent of the damage by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).

The storms left a trail of destruction in parts of the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand District Municipality.

11 Oct 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds, have been affecting South Africa over the past few days, causing casualties and damages.

  • According to local media, as of 11 October at 6.00 UTC, at least five people have been killed and more than 500 people have been displaced in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

  • Over the next 24 hours, according to South Africa Weather Service, no more heavy rain is forecast for the affected area.

10 Oct 2017 description

BY LAURA MUNDY

Laura Mundy is an advisor for communications at the Alliance.

Home to one million people, Khayelitsha is the second largest township in South Africa. In a country where 18.9% of adults are living with HIV, protecting the next generation must involve prevention programming that is centred around the child as they grow.

Nestled into the heart of Khayelitsha is one of Yabonga’s children centres; dedicated to ensuring children and young people who are affected by HIV are able to reach their full potential.

10 Oct 2017 description

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is coordinating relief efforts amid the worst storm that hit many parts of the province.

The storm, which hit the province on Tuesday morning, caused major damage to hospitals, factories, homes and other key infrastructure.

According to a Cogta report, the storm caused power outages in various areas, with two deaths reported. Many residential areas, including businesses, especially in eThekwini Metro, reported flash flooding.

29 Sep 2017 description

South Africa has found a breakthrough pricing agreement that will speed up the availability of the first affordable, generic and single-pill HIV treatment programme.

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has collaborated with a number of international organisations and agencies to reach the breakthrough.

“The new fixed dose combination will be available to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) at a reduced price of US$75 per person, per year.

09 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Thuso Khumalo

PRETORIA — South Africa has extended the residency permits for nearly 200,000 Zimbabwean economic migrants by four years. Their current permits were set to expire December 31, which had raised fears of mass deportations.

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said the government is extending the permits due to worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe. She stressed that these are one-time extensions, not a path to permanent residency.

31 Aug 2017 description

Efforts to foster peaceful co-existence and local integration of refugees in South Africa continue despite challenges of recurring violence and discrimination

By Pumla Rulashe

DURBAN, South Africa - A little over a month after the shooting death of his young brother in their small shop in Durban’s Inanda Township, Ethiopian refugee Melaku Seifu*continues running his small township business, knowing that he cannot go on for much longer. According to his countrymen, he is a shell of his former self.

10 Aug 2017 description

The Department of Water and Sanitation says Western Cape farmers can only hope for more rains during this rainy season to enable them to harvest more crops before the rains begin to wane at the end of October.

A weekly report published by the department this week stated that last week’s heavy rains in the Western Cape brought some relief to locals, as dam levels increased from 27.3% to 28.2%, raising water storage in the province to 475.5 cubic metres.

31 Jul 2017 description

In order to eradicate extreme poverty for the poor in South Africa, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation held winter aid distributions at both Watersmeet and Driefontein, benefiting a total of 900 families. Since the volunteers also pay regular visits to care recipients in these two communities, the residents actively took part in the winter aid distributions.

17 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationDian Spear, Southern Africa lead, Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions, University of Cape Town

Disclosure statement: Dian Spear receives funding from UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology.

30 Jun 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Production in 2017 forecast to rebound strongly to record high

  • Country expected to return to being net exporter of maize in 2017/18 marketing year, following importing well-above average volume in previous year

  • Maize prices continued to decline steeply, driven by favourable supply outlook

Maize production forecast at record high in 2017

09 Jun 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Wildfires and severe weather have been affecting the Western Cape province over the last few days causing damage and casualties.

  • According to national authorities five people died, 2 000 evacuated and 827 houses damaged in Cape Town Municipality.

  • According to Eden District Municipality, as of 09 June at 16.00 UTC, wildfires broke out in the town of Knysna, causing five deaths and 300 houses damaged; local media, reported also that 10 000 people were displaced.

09 Jun 2017 description
  • Wildfires have been burning across the Western Cape province (South Africa) over the last few days causing extensive damage.

  • According to Eden District Municipality, as of 09 June at 7.00 UTC, at least 25 wildfires break out in the town of Knysna, causing four deaths and at least 100 houses damaged. Local media, as of the same date, reported also that up to 10 000 people were displaced following the wildfires.

  • The fires, according to Eden District Municipality, are all contained as of 9 June at 7.00 UTC.

08 Jun 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rainfall, strong winds and high waves, has been affecting the Western Cape province (South Africa) over the last two days.

  • According to Western Cape Government, as of 8 June 7.00 UTC, at least five people have been killed and four have been injured in the Municipality of Cape Town, Drakenstein and Eden District. Local media report that over 2 000 people have been displaced in Cape Town.

29 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

JOHANNESBURG, May 29 2017 (IPS) - Amid the worst drought in a century, South Africans are kick-starting a global consultative process to agree on the values of water in a bid to ensure more equitable use of the finite resource.

On May 30, ministers, officials, civil society, business and local regional organisations will gather outside Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of a high-level consultation on water called the “Valuing Water Initiative”.

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

Anita Powell

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa grabbed international attention earlier this year with images of angry demonstrators attacking foreign residents and their businesses. This type of xenophobic violence, analysts say, is largely driven by high unemployment, inequality and frustration with the government’s failure to provide everyone with basic services.