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SA eyes import tariff cuts to aid manufacturing

South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday his government may cut tariffs on some imported equipment and goods in a bid to boost the manufacturing sector. Mbeki said a healthier manufacturing sector was critical to the government's efforts to narrow the country's trade deficit.

Communist leaders oppose split with ANC

The leadership of South Africa's communist party has signalled it wants to stay allied to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) rather than contest elections independently. A proposal to run a separate slate of candidates in the 2009 elections was put forth at the South African Communist Party national congress this week, but was quickly sidelined.

SA insists on Mugabe invitation

South Africa and other African nations will insist that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe be allowed to attend a long-delayed summit between the European Union (EU) and Africa later this year. Mugabe and more than 100 other Zimbabwean officials are banned from travelling to EU nations under sanctions imposed in 2002.

SA conference united in war on Aids

Researchers, scientists and healthcare workers resolved on Friday to open a new front in South Africa's war on Aids, encouraged by the government's fresh approach to the crisis and improved weapons to protect those most at risk of infection.

Dual TB, HIV treatment key to Aids battle

African, especially Southern African, nations must link tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment with HIV-prevention programmes if they are to win the Aids battle, a top World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Thursday. Dr Kevin de Cock, head of WHO's HIV/Aids department said that traditional treatments for Africa's rampant TB problem could worsen the Aids pandemic.

Activist says SA must raise wages to fight Aids

South Africa will not be able to halt the spread of HIV/Aids unless it increases wages for government healthcare workers, the head of a leading HIV/Aids advocacy group said on Wednesday. An estimated 12% of South Africa's 47-million people are infected with HIV, and about 1 000 die each day from Aids and related diseases.

Signs of progress ahead of SA Aids conference

Aids researchers from around the world gather in South Africa on Tuesday amid tentative signs the nation is finally embracing mainstream approaches to fighting the epidemic. Hopes of a shift in South Africa's attitude to a disease affecting nearly 12% of its 47-million people have been building since the government in March unveiled a revamped Aids strategy.

SACP eyes split from coalition

The South African Communist Party (SACP) may decide to withdraw from the coalition that has ruled since the end of apartheid, threatening to shatter cooperation between leftists and moderate black nationalists. The SACP's provincial council in Gauteng voted in favour of a go-it-alone approach last week.

ANC under pressure to tilt left

There are signs that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is mulling a policy shift that could tilt Africa's booming economic powerhouse to the left after more than a decade on a centrist course. The ANC is under growing pressure from trade-union allies and its own rank-and-file to make income redistribution and nationalisation the lynchpins of its programme.

‘Rendition’ Rashid appears in Pakistan court

A Pakistani man whose family says was abducted as part of the United States-led war on terror is in custody in Pakistan after 18 months of secret detention, human rights group Amnesty International said. Khalid Rashid, who vanished after being arrested in South Africa as an illegal alien in 2005, appeared before a federal review board in the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 12.

Mbeki must admit crime ‘is a problem’

South African President Thabo Mbeki is expected this week to outline a strategy to cut crime and poverty and prepare the nation to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup in a speech overshadowed by a deep rift in his ruling party. Mbeki's speech to Parliament on Friday has been preceded by a heightened debate over rampant crime.

Samora Machel remembered 20 years after crash

South Africa and Mozambique plan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Samora Machel with a ceremony this week at the site of the plane crash that killed the Mozambiquan leader. South African President Thabo Mbeki and Mozambiquan President Armando Guebuza will pay tribute to Machel at a memorial on an isolated hillside outside Mbuzini in South Africa.

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