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Africa and West at odds over disputed Zimbabwe election

By Cris Chinaka HARARE, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election, in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote. African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the election but Mugabe’s main rival, Movement for Democratic Change … Continue reading

South Africa adds renewables into coal-heavy energy mix

by Jocelyn Newmarch JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – South Africans have traditionally relied upon their plentiful coal reserves to supply over 90 percent of their electricity needs. Only in the past decade has national energy policy taken note of abundant wind and solar resources. Economic growth in the past two decades has outstripped electricity capacity, … Continue reading

A South African town comes to terms with sexual violence

By Kristy Siegfried BREDASDORP, 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‚Äôs Western Cape Province. At the time of her … Continue reading

Matchmaking medical research

LONDON, 5 July 2013 (IRIN) – Are you a global research consortium looking for sites to test treatments for neglected tropical diseases? Or a major biotech company interested in performing clinical trials on potential tuberculosis vaccines? Or a doctor in a remote part of Africa or South Asia keen to play a role in the … Continue reading