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SOUTHERN AFRICA: Increasing hostility towards Chinese traders
7 September 2012 (IRIN ), In the last decade, Asian migrants have fanned out through southern Africa, opening shops in small towns and rural backwaters. While consumers in countries facing increasing economic hardships have come to depend on their low prices, local shop owners complain they are being forced out of business, pressuring governments to introduce restrictions on foreign traders.
SOUTH AFRICA: The (re)making of men
7 September 2012 (IRIN ), Manhood might be hard to define but South African media make it even harder, according to editors of a new book, who argue that negative coverage of men is doing more harm than good, especially when it comes to HIV. Now they are looking to rewrite masculinity in a country that ranks among the most gender inequitable in the world.
FOOD: Another strain of deadly wheat fungus in South Africa
3 September 2012 (IRIN ), As the world’s supply of staple grains grows tight, scientists are learning about the discovery in South Africa of yet another deadly variant of Ug99 stem rust, a virulent fungal disease that can devastate wheat crops within weeks.
SOUTH AFRICA: Liz Gatley, “You can actually have an influence, make a difference”
19 August 2012 (IRIN ), In South Africa’s Zithulele Village, the local hospital services 130,000 people - but operates without enough health workers.
SOUTH AFRICA: Police target foreign traders in Limpopo
17 August 2012 (IRIN ), Police in South Africa’s northern Limpopo Province have shut down hundreds of shops run by refugees and asylum seekers during an operation to enforce trading laws that observers say were “selectively enforced” to target foreign nationals.
SECURITY: Arms trade treaty failure not all doom and gloom
3 August 2012 (IRIN ), The failure of a proposed treaty to regulate the multi-billion dollar global conventional weapons trade does not mean disaster, according to some campaigners looking to develop effective international arms controls.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Deciphering a green economy
2 August 2012 (IRIN ), Two consecutive power outages affecting at least 600 million people spelt out India's energy crisis as August began. Caused in part by a coal shortage and in part by poor rains, the lack of power makes a strong case for an urgent global need to consider alternative sources of electricity.
REFUGEES: Resettlement still a last resort
1 August 2012 (IRIN ), After five years of hoping and waiting, Marie*, her husband Simeon* and their three children, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, finally received a phone call telling them to pack their bags; they would be leaving South Africa for Australia at the end of the month.
SOUTH AFRICA: Marie, “It’s been a long journey and a painful one”
1 August 2012 (IRIN ), Marie*, her husband and their three children, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are about to relocate from South Africa, where they have lived for the past decade, to Australia where they have been accepted into that country’s refugee resettlement programme.
SOUTH AFRICA: An uneven playing field
25 July 2012 (IRIN ), In an ideal society, every child would have an equal shot at achieving their human potential, regardless of their race, gender, family background or where they were born. The reality in South Africa, one of the most unequal societies in the world, is that a white boy born to a two-parent household in suburban Johannesburg has a much greater chance of succeeding in life than a black girl born to a single mother in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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