Monthly Archives : August 2010

Rwanda: Kagame Supporters Celebrate Election Win

Rwanda: Kagame Supporters Celebrate Election Win

Wild celebrations have broken out in the capital Kigali as early results have indicated that incumbent President Paul Kagame is headed towards a landslide victory. The festivities signal an end to a period of political tension that has been induced…

2 Comments / 23 View / 10th August 2010

South Africa: Strikes expensive for all

South Africa: Strikes expensive for all

 The country’s biggest ever set of strikes started today as earlier negotiations for wage and benefit increases between unions and the government held in the first week of August failed to amount to much.  The timeline leading up to the strike…

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Genetic abnormality linked to TB

Genetic abnormality linked to TB

A new study has revealed that there is a genetic irregularity that makes exposure to tuberculosis (TB) amongst African populations more likely. TB is one of the world’s deadliest diseases with at least nine million people requiring treatment and more…

2 Comments / 14 View / 9th August 2010

The Hague: On that Campbell stunt and war victims

The Hague: On that Campbell stunt and war victims

The unlikely collision of the fashion world and the realms of international justice took place on Thursday 5th August as supermodel Naomi Campbell testified at the Special Court in The Hague. Miss Campbell was questioned about claims that she accepted…

3 Comments / 17 View / 5th August 2010

South Africa: Ex-Police Commissioner Jailed

South Africa: Ex-Police Commissioner Jailed

Prosecutors said that they hoped that the sentencing of former South African national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi to 15 years in prison would ‘send a strong message that corruption will not be tolerated’ in the country. Selebi’s part in accepting…

2 Comments / 14 View / 4th August 2010

Sierra Leone: Britain Pledges One Million Bed Nets

Sierra Leone: Britain Pledges One Million Bed Nets

The endeavour to improve the wellbeing of women and children has been heightened with UK government’s pledge to provide Sierra Leoneans with one million bed nets. The West African state aims to offer every household in the country three long…

1 Comment / 19 View / 3rd August 2010

Kenya: Anticipation over Referendum

Kenya: Anticipation over Referendum

President Mwai Kibaki and the head of Kenya’s electoral commission said on Tuesday that the body does not expect a repeat of the violence that followed December 2007’s presidential elections as the nation votes on a new constitution. The referendum…

4 Comments / 16 View / 3rd August 2010

South Africa: A Lasting Legacy for Youths

South Africa: A Lasting Legacy for Youths

Although the 2010 World Cup may have already ended, it appears as though it will continue to be of lasting significance to some of South Africa’s youngsters through the launch of the Youth Zones Programme. The effort is a collaboration…

4 Comments / 15 View / 2nd August 2010

AU Summit 1975/2010: Changing Times

AU Summit 1975/2010: Changing Times

As heads of state gathered in Kampala last week for the African Union summit my mind wandered back to 1975 when heads of state also gathered in Kampala for the OAU (Organisation of African Unity as it was then known)…

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A Good Man in Africa: Desmond Tutu

A Good Man in Africa: Desmond Tutu

The title of William Boyd’s book could have been invented for Desmond Tutu and I make no apologies for this rather personal review of his contribution to South Africa, Africa and the world. The former Archbishop of Cape Town and…

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