Jacklynne Hobbs
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/ 31 March 2005

From anti-Blair to Auntie Blair?

<img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/199502/Zim_icon.GIF" align=left>Zimbabwe’s last parliamentary election, held in 2000, transfixed the attention of the international community. A substantial number of column inches were devoted to the campaign of farm occupations and human rights abuses that preceded the ballot — and the allegations of vote rigging that followed. Now, the Southern African country is going to the polls for its next legislative election, on Thursday.

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/ 2 September 2004

Men: The final frontier in sex education

It’s not as if men are conspicuous by their absence at Countdown 2015: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All: quite a few have braved the meeting, even though it must be disheartening to hear the shortcomings of their gender so thoroughly dissected. The same cannot be said of the extent to which men feature in sexual and reproductive health programmes, however.

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/ 1 July 2004

Plugging the medical brain drain

The flight of nurses and doctors from South Africa — and other African states — has long been a source of concern for the governments of these countries. And, the advent of Aids has sharpened fears about the effects of this migration. Should donor agencies and NGOs start supplementing the salaries of health workers?

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/ 14 April 2004

‘It’s now time for the people to speak’

While the media mayhem that attended South Africa’s first two democratic elections is undoubtedly a thing of the past, there was still a blizzard of flashlights when the country’s first citizen cast his ballot on Wednesday morning. Addressing journalsts after voting for the national and provincial legislatures, President Thabo Mbeki said, ”I think it’s now time for the people to speak.”