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14
JUN
7am

World Blood Donor Day 2019

Today marks World Blood Donor Day. This is a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who give their blood on a voluntary, unpaid basis to save the lives of those in need. The day also aims to raise awareness of the need for safe blood. Currently less than one per cent of South Africans donate blood even though it demands little more than giving up 30 minutes of one's time at least twice a year. For more on this issue here's Jane Rabothata spoke to Marketing Manager of the South African National Blood Services, Silungile Mlambo...
14
JUN
5am

“Fight against corruption in Nigeria not achieving enough in the area of convictions”

A former director of Kenya's Anti-Corruption Commission, Patrick Lumumba, says the fight against corruption in Nigeria is not achieving enough in the area of convictions.
Lumumba spoke at a one day National Democracy Day Anti-corruption Summit organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.
In attendance were guests from the diplomatic community and government, including the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
14
JUN
5am

People with Albinism still face discrimination, abuse

People with Albinism still face multiple forms of discrimination and abuse.
This according to the Albinism Society of South Africa. On Thursday, it was International Albinism Awareness Day, a day declared by the UN on 18 December 2014.
In South Africa, an event to mark the day took place at Nasrec, outside Soweto.
Challenges faced by people with albinism, ranging from unemployment to being discriminated against, were discussed.
14
JUN
5am

UN condemns attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman

The United Nations Secretary General has strongly condemned the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman amidst existing tensions in the region.
The attack happened south of the Strait of Hormuz which serves as a critical shipping lane that carries almost a fifth of the world oil exports from Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
The latest attack comes after the United States and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for last months attack on four tankers off the coast of the UAE - a charge Tehran has denied.
14
JUN
5am

SA to spend $130 000 on SONA

The South African parliament will spend about R2 million($130 000) for the State of the National Address.
This was revealed by the Presiding Officers of Parliament during a briefing on preparations for SONA next Thursday.
Presiding officers also say they don't expect any disruption during the event.
This will be the second SONA for this year, to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, during a Joint Sitting of Parliament.
13
JUN
5am

Ebola cases rises to 2000 in DRC

The number of Ebola cases has risen dramatically to two-thousand people who have been detected to have the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This is according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC. Now to deal with this rising outbreak medical experts are resuscitating the use of an experimental vaccine which was used in an earlier outbreak. The virus has left more than eleven thousand people dead since it affecting three West African countries in 2014. To look at the challenges that humanitarian organisations are facing as they respond the latest outbreak Benjamin Moshatama spoke to Tarik Jasarevic spokesperson of the World Health Organisation and Nicole Fassina, the IFRC's Ebola Virus Disease Coordinator. They both agree the big challenge they are facing is the security crisis in the DRC..
13
JUN
5am

AU expresses concern over use of force in Malawi

The African Union-Southern Africa Office has expressed concern over reports that the Malawi Police use force in dispersing peaceful protesting supporters of opposition political parties.
The concern comes few days after the situation got out of hand in the administrative capital Lilongwe. The opposition want the May 21 Presidential results nullified following suspected irregularities despite the Malawi Electoral Commission declaring Peter Mutharika winner of the presidential elections. Mutharika took oath of office two weeks ago.
13
JUN
5am

Elders take UNSC to task

The Elders have taken the United Nations Security Council, particularly the five permanent members, for failing to live up to its responsibilities.
In a briefing to the Council during an open debate on Conflict Prevention and Mediation, the group's Chair Mary Robinson also highlighted the use of the veto by certain permanent members as antithetical to the prescripts of the UN Charter. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon - now a deputy Chair of the Elders - called on Security Council members to act in the service of all rather their national interests.
13
JUN
5am

MSF achieve UN aids target ahead of 2020 deadline

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has achieved the UN AIDS targets of 90-90-90, one year ahead of the 2020 deadline.
The aim is to have 90% of the population know their status, 90% of those found to be HIV positive put on treatment, and at least 90% of those on treatment achieve viral load suppression. MSF - together with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Health Department in South Africa - achieved this target with their community-based project - Bending The Curves - in Eshowe. They made this announcement at the 2019 South Africa AIDS Conference in Durban.
13
JUN
5am

SA wool prices still good in the market

Despite many challenges faced by the Agricultural sector - South African wool prices were still good in the market last season.
This emerged at the 90th Wool Growers Association Congress underway in Port Elizabeth. But, delegates say there was a slight decrease towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year. This is attributed to the impact the foot-and-mouth disease had on the industry.
12
JUN
8am

MSF project reaches ambitious global HIV treatment and prevention targets

A community-based HIV/TB project of the global medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders or MSF, has achieved the UNAIDS targets of 90-90-90 one year ahead of the 2020 deadline. Findings from a follow-up survey of the project based in Eshowe, in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province have been presented at the country's annual HIV conference underway in Durban. The MSF initiative, dubbed "bending the Curves" is among the first in the country to reach UNAIDS's ambitious targets to test, treat, and suppress the viral load of 90 percent of people living with HIV. Jane Rabothata spoke to the deputy project coordinator, Musa Ndlovu...

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