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AUG
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Global medical aid agency MSF fights for lifesaving TB treatment

The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders or MSF continues to fight for global access to the lifesaving TB treatment. Although this recently developed drug, which has been first introduced by South Africa, is a game changer in treating the world's deadliest infectious disease - it remains out of reach for millions. MSF is currently challenging pharmaceutical corporation Johnson and Johnson which seeks to extend its monopoly over the drug in India, which if granted will also have further serious implications for countries like South Africa. Jane Rabothata reports.
16
AUG
4am

DRC President rejects first draft of the suggested new government members

The Democratic Republic of Congo's president Felix Tshisekedi has rejected the first draft of the suggested new government members due to low representation of women and youth.
Prime Minister Sylvester Ilunga Ilunkamba submitted the list from both the Common Front for the Congo and the Cap pour le Changement but President Tshisekedi instructed him to go and review for the list.
16
AUG
4am

Delegates emphasise the importance of educating communities during Climate Change Summit

Delegates who attended a two day Climate Change Summit in South African coastal city of Durban, have emphasised the importance of educating communities about the impact of climate change.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial government held its first Climate Change Summit to craft a programme to deal with the increase in severe weather. This after floods claimed the lives of 85 people in April this year.
16
AUG
4am

SA growth prospects receives marginal boost

South Africa's growth prospects have received a marginal boost following the release of better-than-expected retail trade sales numbers.
According to Stats SA, retail trade sales edged up in June, by 2.4% year-on-year from a revised 2.3 % recorded in May. Most economists were expecting the sector to show a 2.2% growth.
16
AUG
4am

“Chad youth join outlawed terrorist groups "because of ignorance,"

Young people in Chad are joining outlawed terrorist groups "because of ignorance," according to a traditional leader in one of the most insecure and unstable parts of the West African country.
Youssouf Mbodou Mbami is the chief of the Canton of Bol and presides over a large swathe of Lake Chad, an area where many young people have been recruited or forced to join terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram. Daniel Dickinson of UN News traveled with Youssouf Mbodou Mbami to the island of Ngomiron Doumou where up to 300 men, women and children were abducted at gunpoint by Boko Haram fighters in 2015.
16
AUG
3am

Women's Month: empowering women and promoting gender equality

Africa's women have made a great deal of progress in recent decades, but much more remains to be done to ensure their economic empowerment, safety and good health. While women across the continent can now take their rightful places in industry and government, millions more remain isolated, oppressed and underserved. In commemoration of Women's Month in South Africa, annually observed on the month of August, we reflect on what society ought to be doing in support of women and recognise the crucial role they play. Jane Rabothata spoke to Racey Muchilwa, who is the Africa Cluster Head of Novartis South Africa, a multinational pharmaceutical company
15
AUG
7am

SA Chief Justice honoured with Chairman's Guardian of Governance award

The Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa - has this week honoured South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng with the coveted Chairman's Guardian of Governance award.
This - was at a glitzy 22nd installment of the annual Internal Audit Conference in Sandton - Johannesburg. Mogoeng received the award for what the institute has described as his moral and ethical leadership, adherence to good governance and commitment to bridging the gap between the law and bread and butter issues to South Africans.
15
AUG
5am

“SA to strengthen friendship with the CAR”

South Africa's Tourism Deputy Minister, Fish Mahlalela, says South Africa will strengthen the bond of friendship with the Central African Republic.
Mahlalela was speaking at the CAR's 59th anniversary of independence celebrations in Pretoria yesterday.
15
AUG
5am

Police contingent deployed to SA township after foreign-owned shops were looted

A large police contingent has been deployed to the Soweto township in Johannesburg South Africa after foreign-owned shops were looted overnight.
Community members say the foreign-owned shops were looted to avenge the incidents that happened in the Johannesburg CBD last week when foreign nationals attacked police during a raid on those who trade in counterfeit goods.
Police have confirmed that shops were looted in different parts of Soweto. A large police contingent has been deployed to the areas. Foreign nationals have removed goods from some of their shops to a place of safety.
15
AUG
5am

Court application to set aside the findings into Marikana killings

A court application to set aside the findings of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana killings in South Africa, seven years ago, is being processed.
Lawyers for the families of the killed workers argue that the commission had exonerated state officials and mine executives and that they want a new inquiry. 34 mineworkers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012, and 10 other people, including police officers and security guards, were killed in the preceding week during a strike at the Lonmin platinum mine which turned violent.

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