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13 Nov 2009 description
report Mail and Guardian

More than 1 250 international volunteers were placed in the Southern African region in 2008/9. More than half of these were in South Africa, a study by the Johannesburg-based Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (Vosesa) has shown.

The volunteers, mainly young people seeking experience abroad by working with local organisations and NGOs, serve for periods ranging from several weeks to two years.

But opinion on the volunteer sector is divided.

21 Jul 2008 description
report Mail and Guardian

If they don't register for temporary ID cards that allow them another six-month stay in South Africa

Monday was the deadline for registration of foreign nationals at the Rifle Range Road camp in Glenanda, south of Johannesburg.

19 Oct 2005 description
report Mail and Guardian

Farayi Mutsa is slumped in the shade outside Nsanje district hospital, gently holding his daughter, Azineyi. Her wrists are barely thicker than an adult thumb and her mouth is stained purple where nurses have applied zinc oxide cream to her sores. She looks six months old; she is three years.

Mutsa (33) planted maize, rice and bulrush millet but the rains never arrived and he had no crops to bring home last April.

29 Jan 2004 description
report Mail and Guardian

Southern Africa is facing another difficult year of food insecurity, brought on by the late onset of rains, and the on-going impact of HIV/Aids and problems of governance. Donors have so far provided $168-million of a $533-million humanitarian appeal covering six countries in the region. Chris Kaye, the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Regional Office for Southern Africa, speaks on the humanitarian community's response to the current emergency.

17 Dec 2003 description
report Mail and Guardian

Zarina Geloo- Lusaka, Zambia

Six people have died from cholera and another 165 are reported to be in a serious condition as the disease sweeps through Zambia's capital, Lusaka.

It appears that local authorities have been caught flat-footed by the outbreak. They are now engaged in a frantic bid to contain the disease, which is transmitted through contaminated water and food. Cholera typically occurs in Zambia during the country's rainy season.

The city council of Lusaka is scouting for extra garbage collection trucks.

29 Oct 1997 description
report Mail and Guardian

THE SADC region is bracing itself for the effects of the expected El Niño phenomenon.

El Niño, which distorts sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean causing them to rise, usually brings early spring rains, complete with thunderstorms and hail, as is now happening in many countries in the region.

In South Africa although government, weather experts and farmers say they are preparing for a bad farming season, it appears the impact of El Niño on the economy is still unclear.