South Africa

Gigaba lays bare South Africa’s economic woes: will it be enough to trigger change?

Wittingly or unwittingly, South Africa’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s medium term budget policy statement places him – and champions of the market economy inside and outside the African National Congress – in a strong position and opens the way for real economic change. Whether the opportunity is taken is, of course, another matter.

AU – New Commission Chairperson to be Elected

Heads of State and government will on Monday elect a new African Union Commission Chairperson to replace South Africa's Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – widely credited with improved efficiencies and women's empowerment at the august body.

Six months ago Dlamini-Zuma, who declined a second four-year term, had her tenure extended in Kigali, Rwanda, after elections to replace her were inconclusive.
Dlamini-Zuma, an academic and politician, was the first woman to lead the 50-year-old organisation.
 

Government Broadband Tender Cancelled

Broadband for all in South Africa has hit a snag as bidding for government’s first phase of its 'Connect' project has been cancelled, according to a tender bulletin update.

The tender, which was headed up by the telecommunications and postal services ministry, was originally divided in two phases.

Phase one was allocated R1.5bn and was expected to connect 6 235 government facilities in eight district municipalities. Phase two was subsequently planned to connect 35 211 facilities in another 44 disctrict municipalities by 2020.

Gambia Withdraws from ICC

Gambia has notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will take effect on November 10, 2017, U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Monday, making it the third country to quit The Hague-based tribunal.

In October, Gambia's Information Minister Sheriff Bojang described the ICC as "an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans." The tiny West African nation said in late October it planned to pull out of the ICC.

Treatment Action Campaign at the Precipice: An Opportune Time for Reflection

A recent petition by researchers, clinicians and activists made on behalf of the Treatment Action Campaign and published in the Mail & Guardian Newspaper, 28 November, 4 December 2014 Edition, The Case for Saving the TAC is Compelling, left me with mixed views on the TAC’s plight as petitioned. The TAC is evidently not unique in its current funding crisis in South Africa.

The New South African TB Management Guidelines - What’s New?

The National Department of Health introduced latest developments of the new South Africa TB management guidelines.

Dr Lindiwe Mvusi, Director in the TB Control and Management Cluster within the National Department of Health discussed the new developments of the South Africa TB management guidelines. The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a guide for health practitioners in making appropriate decisions when managing TB patients.

The new developments amongst others include:

Vaccines to Prevent TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated, it has claimed many lives in the past. There is an urgent need for vaccination to prevent the disease.

Opening the second plenary of the conference was Dr Willem Hanekom, Director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccines Initiative (SATVI) talking about the need for vaccination to prevent TB. During his opening statement he emphasised the necessity to replace or to improve the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine.

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