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Manuel defends SA’s stance on Zimbabwe

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel on Tuesday defended South Africa's quiet diplomacy toward Zimbabwe, saying that foreign intervention to bring about a regime change risked unleashing turmoil like in Iraq. He told lawmakers that South Africa -- the top regional powerbroker -- was not in a position to dictate political and economic policy to Zimbabwe.

Act on Zim, rights group tells SADC

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged Southern African leaders to send monitors to Zimbabwe to investigate the clampdown on the pro-democracy movement. On the eve of a key Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit , leading Zimbabwean human rights groups said they held a four-hour meeting with South African mediators.

Bush’s visit to Africa puts spotlight on malaria

As the wife of the United States president tours Africa, she will be shining a spotlight on malaria as well as Aids. While the former does not grab the same headlines, it far outstrips Aids as the continent's biggest child killer, claiming one young life every 30 seconds.

Africa looks to China, India with hope and fear

Business and political leaders attending an annual conference meant to focus entrepreneurial attention on Africa hailed China's and India's huge appetite for raw materials as a powerful driving force to move the African economy up a gear. But the discussion at the World Economic Forum's annual conference on Africa was tinged with anxiety.

Skills shortages and unemployment bite SA

Simon Gungqa and dozens of other hopefuls stand at a busy intersection, their eyes watchful, appealing to motorists to hire them for a few hours' casual labour in a country scarred by extreme unemployment, coupled with a crippling shortage of skills.

Oprah encourages openness about Aids

United States talk-show host Oprah Winfrey on Saturday promised to give free Aids testing, counselling and -- if necessary -- treatment to the 152 girls chosen for her new school in South Africa. Hoping to encourage more openness about the disease underwent an HIV test herself to persuade the new pupils at her new Leadership Academy for Girls to follow suit.

Wildlife officials release penguins off Robben Island

Robben Island's rocky, windswept shores and the Atlantic's expanses were intimidating for a penguin after weeks of pens and pools. So, when dozens of the birds abandoned as chicks by their parents and raised by humans were released back into the wild on Wednesday, most at first huddled nervously together in the frigid waters.

Don’t try to copy Hollywood, top actor advises

The budding South African film industry should draw from the country's own rich and painful experience of the apartheid era and not try to emulate Hollywood's big-budget movies, veteran actor Morgan Freeman said on Thursday as he appeared at Cape Town's Sithengi film festival.

Tutu celebrates 75th birthday

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu, the conscience of South Africa, celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday with a gala dinner attended by 1 200 guests, including former president Nelson Mandela. The celebrations for his birthday have lasted for weeks. On Friday, he was guest of honour at a ceremony at the University of South Africa.

Jordaan: SA ahead of schedule for 2010

South Africa will be ready to host the World Cup in 2010, organisers insisted on Tuesday, seeking to dispel worries over transportation, accommodation and stadiums. Danny Jordaan, head of the organising committee, said South Africa was ahead of schedule in its preparations and should relish the opportunities offered by the soccer showcase.

Will SA be ready for World Cup 2010?

As South Africa takes on the responsibility of organising the next World Cup, exuberance -- and not necessarily efficiency -- appears to be paramount. World soccer governing body Fifa kicks off the journey to the 2010 World Cup at a July 7 ceremony in Berlin. Dubbed Africa's Calling, it will be attended by South African President Thabo Mbeki. But will South Africa be ready?

Skewed view of Aids slows progress of vaginal gel

HIV/Aids is increasingly regarded as a disease of the poor, blunting the enthusiasm of the rich and powerful to develop tools such as a virus-killing gel that could save millions of lives, delegates at an international conference said on Monday. Speakers at the conference said development of a microbicide gel that could be used by women to prevent the spread of the virus was slow.

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