Millenium Development Goals

Child mortality drops but still high

According to a Unicef report, South Africa has reduced its child mortality rate from 60 deaths per every 1 000 live births in 1990 to 41 in 2015.

Africa’s once-in-a-generation opportunity

By prioritising safe water and sanitation, Africa's leaders can also ensure the unfinished business of the MDGs is dealt with, writes Lindlyn Moma.

Monbiot’s belief that he knows what’s best for Africa is offensive

As Africans we can speak for ourselves. We can make our own decisions and correct them if need be, but please don't patronise us, writes Sipho Moyo.

MDGs: Five goals to a more equitable world

The world has begun a dialogue that I believe could help redefine the destiny of humanity, writes Archbishop Njongo Ndungane.

Masekela: Ask the poor what they really need

The people directly affected by the Millennium Development Goals were not involved in drafting them. This must not happen again.

Africa requests more money at Aids summit

African leaders at the UN Aids summit have asked for money to deal with the pandemic and to reach the Millenium Development Goals.

Crowded Moz classrooms drive kids to night school

At 8pm Joana Charles waits outside class for her history teacher at a school in Maputo, while hundreds of children run and play in the dark.

Zuma: More urgency needed on MDGs

With only five years left to achieve the MDGs, a "greater sense of urgency" is required to ensure they are realised, President Jacob Zuma says.

Let’s keep our promise to the world’s children

Governments are on the brink of breaking a Millennium Development Goal promise of a decent quality basic education for all by 2015.

Obama urges new ways to tackle poverty

United States President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for new ways to tackle global poverty.

African leaders urge action on poverty goals

African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet UN goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries.

UN: Rich must not cut aid to poor to balance budgets

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed debt-ridden donor countries on Monday not to cut aid to the poor despite their budgetary woes.


State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs