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More support needed for South Africa's subsistence fishermen
22 August 2013 (IRIN ), Bobby Moodliar, 52, is one of thousands of subsistence fishermen trying to eke out a living from the waters around South Africa’s port city of Durban. Until a few years ago, he was able to support his entire family from the fish he caught in the city's harbour, which is regarded as one of the most important fish nurseries in the Indian Ocean and is home to salmon, shad, barracuda, and various species of migratory fish.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98617/More-support-needed-for-South-Africa-s-subsistence-fishermen
Why South Africa's land reform agenda is stuck
15 August 2013 (IRIN ), This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the South African Land Act, which restricted black people from buying or occupying land except as employees of white people. The Act gave white people ownership of 87 percent of land, leaving the black majority to settle in the remaining 13 percent.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98572/Why-South-Africa-s-land-reform-agenda-is-stuck
North Kivu braces for potential UN-armed group clashes
2 August 2013 (IRIN ), A UN ultimatum for armed groups around Goma, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) North Kivu Province, to disarm, expired on 1 August and a security zone has been set up around the city. Goma is calm, but civilians, aid agencies and NGOs wait nervously as the UN's first ever "offensive" peacekeeping force prepares to fully deploy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98514/North-Kivu-braces-for-potential-UN-armed-group-clashes
African governments still underfunding health
23 July 2013 (IRIN ), Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98459/African-governments-still-underfunding-health
Political cost of defending gay rights in Africa
18 July 2013 (IRIN ), US President Barack Obama’s recent call for equality for gays during his Africa tour drew assurances by his Senegalese counterpart that the country was not homophobic. Yet dismantling anti-gay laws and attitudes carries huge political and religious risks few leaders in the continent are willing to take, rights groups say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98436/Political-cost-of-defending-gay-rights-in-Africa
A South African town comes to terms with sexual violence
15 July 2013 (IRIN ), Seventeen-year-old Anene Booysen was gang raped and brutalized on a patch of scrubby grass between two newly built RDP [government subsidized] houses, in a bleak, low-income suburb about 3km from central Bredasdorp, a small town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98419/A-South-African-town-comes-to-terms-with-sexual-violence
No consensus on implementation of cessation clause for Rwandan refugees
12 July 2013 (IRIN ), The future of tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees living in Africa remains uncertain nearly two weeks after the 30 June deadline recommended by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for the discontinuation of their refugee status.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98409/No-consensus-on-implementation-of-cessation-clause-for-Rwandan-refugees
Countering Africa’s green revolution
8 July 2013 (IRIN ), Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98378/Countering-Africa-s-green-revolution
Planning for non-surgical male circumcision
3 July 2013 (IRIN ), In May, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced the prequalification of PrePex, the first non-surgical device for adult male circumcision. Compared to surgical circumcision, the device has fewer complications and is easier and quicker to use, allowing lower-cadre medical workers to be trained to perform the procedure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98353/Planning-for-non-surgical-male-circumcision
M23 Kampala talks set to resume
20 June 2013 (IRIN ), Delegates representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the rebel M23 are back in Kampala, Uganda, for a fresh round of peace talks, but analysts say that unless both sides are fully committed to the negotiations, a political solution to the crisis in the DRC’s North Kivu Province is unlikely.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98256/M23-Kampala-talks-set-to-resume

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