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SA Rescue Team Leaves Nepal

The specialised South African search and rescue team that scrambled to aid earthquake-struck Nepal, leaves the capital of Kathmandu.
 
The team, made up of paramedics, firefighters and urban search and rescue technicians has been in the country for a week.

European Countries Focus Aid on ex-Colonies

France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Portugal - former Europe’s biggest imperial powers - are spending the bulk of their Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets on their former colonies.

According to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the top seven countries French receiving Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) are Morocco, China, Vietnam, the Cote d’Ivoire, Colombia, Senegal and Kenya.

World Bank Supports Mozambique’s Efforts to Increase Food Security

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit in the amount of US$50 million to boost Mozambique's efforts to increase access to food and better nutrition for its people, and to promote market-based agriculture and private sector investment.

This financing is the second of a series of three agriculture budget support operations that finance a medium-term agriculture sector reform program in Mozambique.

US$50m for Areas Affected by Floods

The World Bank has assured of assisting Malawi with US$50 million to help in maintaining areas that were affected by the recent floods.

Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, points out that, “The [World] Bank decided to help the country having considered the diverse impact of the flooding and the desperate need for a quick response."

Gondwe says that apart from assisting those affected with the calamity, the money will also be used in rebuilding damaged roads, bridges, schools and houses of people affected.

US Govt Probes Zim Civil Society

At least 15 civil society organisations are under investigation by the United States government through its major donor fund distribution channel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) over corruption and misappropriation of millions of dollars.

Sources close to the investigations also say a senior official with USAID Zimbabwe office who was responsible for receiving and processing funding proposals from local non-governmental organisations had been summoned to Washington DC for questioning.

NSFAS Gunning for Loan Defaulters

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is seeking to recover an estimated R8 billion from people who are defaulting on their student loans.

This money could assist almost double the number of students benefiting from the scheme. NSFAS expects to fund about 415 000 students during 2015.

The scheme has conceded that it will not be able to fund all students who have applied for funding. NSFAS says it is only aware of 800 students who will not get funding although their applications have been approved.

UK Donates Funds for Flood Victims in Malawi

The British government has activated the Start Funds amounting to MK244 million (£350 000) to help ‘people affected by the Malawi floods to access food, shelter, water and sanitation services’.

In a statement, head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Malawi, Jen Marshall, states that London was deeply saddened of the situation in Malawi, adding that “The UK [United Kingdom] is working with the UN and International NGOs [non-governmental organisations] to support the Government of Malawi's response."

Hard Rock Cafe Fundraises for Mandela Hospital

Hard Rock Cafe International, chief executive officer, Hamish Dodds, says the late President Nelson Mandela was fond of children therefore they decided to help raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

Dodds believes building a hospital for children was Mandela's dream, adding that, "We support numerous campaigns around the world, but we also encourage all our regional and local city entities to also identify causes that really make sense to them. I think this one is particularly important for us because Nelson Mandela was such a global ambassador."

NGO: Relief Fund Opened After Robbery

The Solidarity Helping Hand confirms that a relief fund has been opened after the robbery at Pretoria’s President Kruger children’s home on 29 October 2014.

In a press statement, Helping Hand states that it wants to support the children’s home as much as possible during this crisis.

The organisation asserts that, “We have therefore already contributed R10 000 towards a relief fund. Our hope is that with the public’s help, we will be able to replace most of the home’s losses.”

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