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22 May 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Melissa McHale | Associate Professor, Colorado State University

David Bunn | Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

Eddie Riddell | Research Associate, University of KwaZulu-Natal

12 May 2018 description

Ten years after an outbreak of horrific xenophobic violence claimed 60 lives in South Africa, refugees and migrants are still facing daily discrimination and living in constant fear of physical attacks, Amnesty International said today.

On 11 May 2008 a Mozambican national, Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuaye, was beaten, stabbed and set alight in a brutal killing which set off a chain of violent attacks against migrants and refugees in South Africa.

11 May 2018 description
report UNAIDS

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, completed a five-day visit to three countries in southern Africa. The mission included high-level political discussions, the launch of the Lesotho HIV Health and Situation Room and frank and an open dialogue with women activists about how to address sexual harassment and abuse.

Beginning in Lesotho, Mr Sidibé attended the launch of the HIV Health and Situation Room with the Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki. Special guest Naomi Campbell was invited by UNAIDS to join the two-day country visit to learn more about the HIV response.

10 May 2018 description
report UNAIDS

GENEVA, 10 May 2018 — During my recent visit to South Africa, I listened carefully to you, I heard you. The HIV epidemic is inextricably linked to sexual and gender-based violence and the two can never be separated. We need the passion of advocates to move issues forward.

Let us come together and address sexual harassment and gender inequality. A transformative agenda to address sexual harassment and gender inequality is urgent. Let us work together towards it, let us spend our time and energy on this important agenda.

27 Apr 2018 description

April 24, 2018
Story by Rachel Bergen, Photos by Matthew Sawatzky

DURBAN, South Africa – South Africa is home to thousands of refugees and many more asylum seekers and economic migrants seeking better futures, but it has remarkably few social service agencies.

MCC helped start one of the first holistic organizations dedicated to improving the lives of refugees who settled there.

16 Apr 2018 description

Ten water tanks and clean water for drinking and other domestic use are being distributed to nine primary schools and one group home for children in the Western Cape Province. This province is located in the southernmost region of the country and includes the city of Cape Town. Water tanks have been sourced and companies have been identified to supply water to fill the tanks.

26 Mar 2018 description

Heavy rain has been affecting Gauteng Province (north-eastern South Africa) over the past few days, causing floods and damages. According to media, as of 26 March at 7.30 UTC, five people were injured in Gauteng. In addition, media reported some evacuations, road interruptions and 13 bridges damages in Johannesburg area.

23 Mar 2018 description

Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading cause of death in South Africa, and yet it is curable. Why have we not overcome this fatal disease?

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) profiles five key strategies on which government and donors should focus their finances and efforts in order to end the deadly TB epidemic.

22 Mar 2018 description

Cape Town is in crisis. Prolonged drought, increased demand for water, and a lack of coordinated planning have combined to create a doomsday scenario in which the city is running out of water. The result has been a scramble for a quick fix for an issue that has been years in the making.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mxolisi Ncube

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22.

JOHANNESBURG, Mar 20 2018 (IPS) - April 12 is expected to be the infamous “Day Zero” in South Africa’s second largest city of Cape Town, a tourist hub which attracts millions of visitors every year.

13 Mar 2018 description

By Rachel Bergen

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - Pastor Samson Matabaro waves at people he passes walking down the streets of Pietermaritzburg and seems to know everyone's name and history. As he makes his way through Little Addis and Little Harare, named for the number of Ethiopians and Zimbabweans populating the areas, he offers a bit of welcome in a country that isn't always hospitable to foreigners seeking asylum.

04 Mar 2018 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:40 GMT

"We see the severe impact that this drought is beginning to have on jobs and livelihoods"

CAPE TOWN, March 1 (Reuters) - A severe drought afflicting South Africa's Western Cape province is expected to cut agricultural output by 20 percent this year, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports to Europe, officials said on Thursday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

27 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

PRETORIA, South Africa, 23 February 2018 – UNICEF South Africa acknowledges the South African Government’s commitment to ensuring a balance between financial stability and ensuring the progressive realisation of children’s social and economic rights.

26 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Peter Johnston, Climate Scientist & Researcher, University of Cape Town

Disclosure statement: Peter Johnston receives funding from Water Research Commission, Australia Africa Universities Network.

22 Feb 2018 description

Severe Drought Situation

• Western Cape Province (South Africa) is going through a severe drought, affecting in particular urban areas of Cape Town and its water supply.

• The current drought is the consequence of a sustained below-average monthly rainfall since 2015, which intensified in the last wet season (April-September 2017). This event is highlighted by the long-term indicators of precipitation anomalies (SPI-24) produced by the JRC Global Drought Observatory (GDO).

21 Feb 2018 description

A decline in water usage has pushed back the day Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry

CAPE TOWN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

20 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Kevin Winter, Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

19 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Magalie Bourblanc, Senior Research Fellow, GovInn (Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation), University of Pretoria

19 Feb 2018 description

Restrictions on water use in Cape Town are "going be a part of what we term the new normal", says one city councillor

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Feb 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every day, the drought-hit South African city of Cape Town takes to social media channels to exhort residents to save on water, giving practical tips such as only flushing the toilet once a day with water already used for showering or washing up.

15 Feb 2018 description

Southern Africa is currently hosting over 60,000 registered Somali refugees and asylum-seekers - half of whom live in South Africa.

By Markku Aikomus

PRETORIA, South Africa – The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation.