Reesha Chibba

Aids, malaria and TB fund ‘aims to inspire donors’

In just four-and-a-half years, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria has helped 544 000 HIV-positive people begin anti-retroviral treatment, distributed 11,3-million insecticide-treated bed nets and treated 1,4-million cases of tuberculosis. This is according to a progress report released by the fund on Thursday.

The truth is out there … somewhere

South Africa's Unidentified Flying Objects Resource (Saufor) will host its second annual Unbind Your Mind UFO conference in celebration of World UFO Day on July 1 in Cape Town. Cristo Louw, founder of Saufor, said in a statement on Monday: "The time is ripe for the South African public to be informed about the true nature of the UFO issue."

It’s a hard life on the streets of Johannesburg

A group of men sits huddled around a two-plate stove. They rub their hands, trying to stay warm; one eats porridge with a wooden spoon straight out of the pot. This is the end of the line for Johannesburg’s homeless, and every night between 500 and 800 people bed down in the halls of the Central Methodist church in Johannesburg’s inner city.

Kasrils kick-starts Zim rescue mission

South African President Thabo Mbeki has relaunched his diplomatic offensive to engage President Robert Mugabe in a bid to resolve Zimbabwe's escalating political and economic crisis, it emerged on Thursday. Official sources said Mbeki on Thursday dispatched Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils to Zimbabwe.

Could two time zones help electricity demand?

South Africa should consider the introduction of two time zones in order to alleviate Eskom's electricity peak-demand woes, said Professor Christo Viljoen, a professional electrical engineer and former member of the then-Eskom council, this week. "If South Africa is ... divided into two time zones ... the peak demand of the two zones will not coincide.

Ryk ‘devastated’ after medals go missing during robbery

South African Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling is distraught after his Sandton home was robbed early on Friday morning and some of his medals stolen. Neethling's agent Fiona de Souza told the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i> on Friday that the swimmer is "devastated" about the robbery.

The good news is ‘there will be gas’

Residents in Johannesburg and other inland and KwaZulu-Natal regions who are experiencing gas shortages need not panic because "there will be gas", Colin McClelland, director of the South African Petroleum Industry Association, told the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i> on Thursday. "I'm not concerned that people won't get gas," he said.

Sponsor woes get SA down ahead of Streetfootball Cup

The South African streetfootball team, which is participating in the first Streetfootball World Cup, to be held during the Soccer World Cup in Berlin in July, is battling to find a local sponsor. Akila Monate, the coach of the team, told the Mail & Guardian Online that finding local sponsorship has been tough.

‘Sending me back is a death sentence’

''If South Africa wants to send me back to Zimbabwe it would be a death sentence,'' former Zimbabwean opposition MP Roy Bennett told the Mail & Guardian Online in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Bennett fled to South Africa in March after being implicated in an arms find in Mutare, eastern Zimbabwe.

‘Unprecedented demand’ leads to gas shortage

Suppliers of gas cylinders for heating have run out of stock after this week's cold spell and customers in Johannesburg and other inland and KwaZulu-Natal regions have been turned away empty-handed, media reports said on Wednesday. Liquid-gas supplier Afrox is experiencing an unprecedented demand, the company said.

Bad printing habits lead to large-scale paper wastage

The retail sector in Europe outstrips other sectors with regard to the highest rate of paper wastage. A quarter of all pages in the workplace are printed for nothing, according to research conducted by Ipsos, on behalf of Lexmark. The survey, conducted between February and March this year, interviewed 2 837 office workers across Europe.

Survey: Media ‘prejudiced’ against gay community

An internet-based survey conducted by South Africa's Triangle Project in April has revealed that most of the respondents felt that the mass media contribute to prejudice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. You and Huisgenoot magazines were named as the most prejudiced towards the gay community.

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