Southern Africa

South Africa's health system shuns asylum seekers

JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2014 (IRIN) - When Elise M’s* 18-year-old daughter tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills last year, the ambulance that Elise called took them to nearby South Rand Hospital, in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville. But nurses at the hospital refused to admit her. full report

From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

MARONDERA, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised. full report

Uproar over Harare demolitions

HARARE, 13 October 2014 (IRIN) - Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures. full report

Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline

BINGA, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult. full report

South African move on child trafficking

JOHANNESBURG, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - The announcement yesterday that parents would have another nine months to comply with new regulations for travelling into and out of South Africa with their children has been met with a collective sigh of relief. full report

How to boost food production in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, 15 September 2014 (IRIN) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. full report

Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities. full report

Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants

MASAKHANE, 8 September 2014 (IRIN) - South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants. full report

Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers

HARARE, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices. full report

South Africa opens space for traditional rulers to claim land

BABANANGO/JOHANNESBURG, 21 August 2014 (IRIN) - The pace of land reform in South Africa has long been criticized as too slow, but experts and black South Africans still awaiting restitution, fear that the recent reopening of the land claims process may not only delay outstanding claims further but could actually reverse the limited progress that has been made in restoring land to those dispossessed by Apartheid-era policies. full report