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Frederik Ngubane, stateless in South Africa: "It's like my future is on hold"
30 January 2013 (IRIN ), Frederik Ngubane, 22, returned to South Africa, the country of his birth, in 2009, after spending his entire childhood in Kenya and Uganda. An orphan, Ngubane had lost all contact with his South African relatives, and soon after arriving in the country he also lost his birth certificate, the only document proving his South African nationality. He has spent four years living as a stateless person, and is now losing hope that his situation will ever change.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/97373/Frederik-Ngubane-stateless-in-South-Africa-It-s-like-my-future-is-on-hold
South Africa searches for solutions to shack fires
23 January 2013 (IRIN ), One of the worst informal settlement fires in the history of Cape Town, South Africa, took place on New Year’s Day in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, laying bare the complexities undermining efforts to end these frequent disasters.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97313/South-Africa-searches-for-solutions-to-shack-fires
Widespread flooding hits Southern Africa
22 January 2013 (IRIN ), Several Southern African countries are dealing with the effects of flooding following heavy rains over much of the region in the past week.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97305/Widespread-flooding-hits-Southern-Africa
In Brief: Staples, not export crops, key to tackling Africa’s poverty – report
18 January 2013 (IRIN ), Africa could reduce its poverty levels faster by focusing more on the production of staples rather than export crops, according to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97278/In-Brief-Staples-not-export-crops-key-to-tackling-Africa-s-poverty-report
GLOBAL: Lessons in urbanizing from BRICS
10 January 2013 (IRIN ), In another four decades, urban residents will account for 66 percent of the population in developing countries, says the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97211/GLOBAL-Lessons-in-urbanizing-from-BRICS
South Africa bolsters its troops in the Central African Republic
8 January 2013 (IRIN ), South Africa has deployed 200 troops in the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), which some see not simply as an effort to assist CAR’s army but also as a move to counter French military influence in the region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97194/South-Africa-bolsters-its-troops-in-the-Central-African-Republic
Urban water woes
2 January 2013 (IRIN ), In Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare (population 3,000,000), a man relieves himself in the dirt next to his tin shack, holding his nose to ward off the stench of a nearby overflowing latrine. In Ramallah (population 300,000) in the occupied Palestinian territory a 14-year-old girl wakes with menstrual cramps - and skips class because her school lacks a washroom where she can clean herself in private. In Bangladesh’s mega-capital (population 12 million), a monsoon-season flash flood leaves thousands with cholera.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97161/Urban-water-woes
IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96984/IDPs-African-IDP-Convention-comes-into-force
SOUTH AFRICA: New ARV tender drops prices, changes treatment
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), The South African government has negotiated savings of about US$250 million in its latest antiretroviral (ARV) tender, which is the first to include a three-in-one tablet. This triple fixed-dose combination ARV will now allow the country to move to new, simpler HIV treatment and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) guidelines in April 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96930/SOUTH-AFRICA-New-ARV-tender-drops-prices-changes-treatment
SOUTH AFRICA: Treatment programme by numbers
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa has recently made huge strides in HIV treatment, scaling-up the number of people on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs while also improving its national treatment guidelines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96935/SOUTH-AFRICA-Treatment-programme-by-numbers

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