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- Monday, 10 November 2014
- By Faith Mabera
The ongoing Ebola virus crisis in West Africa is the stuff of nightmares. Images from the ground in the hard-hit areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone conjure snapshots from the 1995 Hollywood film Outbreak with health workers in Hazmat suits and militarised quarantine zones, not to mention the mass hysteria that has gripped the public as news of the disease continually stream in on mass media.
- Wednesday, 24 September 2014
- By Wayne Jumat
With 126 South African medical students on their way to Cuba, on medical bursaries from the South Africa-Cuba Medical Programme, the following questions about the Cuban-South African approximation need to be addressed. What does the relationship offer broadly being embedded in the global South? Are the ideological and sentimental bonds as strong as before? And how does the South African-American relationship impact on the Cuban-South African relationship?
- Tuesday, 16 September 2014
- By Siphamandla Zondi
Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa (Organ Chair) and Zimbabwe (SADC chair) constitute the double troika that had a special summit on Lesotho and the DRC on 15 September 2014 in Pretoria against the backdrop of uncertainty about the SADC-facilitated constitutional normalization process in the mountain kingdom.
- Monday, 15 September 2014
- By Anna Xoyane
At the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, the Chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encouraged the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) to modernise farming as a means of attracting young women and men into the agricultural sector. The summit themed "Agriculture and Food Security" took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 25 June 2014.1 Since its evolution from OAU to AU in 2000 the organisation has been battling with the impact of global financial crises threatening its vision of integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Moreover, youth bulge and the rise of youth unemployment continues to destabilize regional peace and food security in Africa.