Cyclone Sandy lashes US

Cyclone Sandy lashes US

Hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy on Monday flooded streets, leaving many parts of New York City in darkness, affecting airports, subways, and even hospitals. Runways at the Laguardian International Airport were submerged and some sections of the city’s subways were under four feet of water, while the power outage spread from the financial hub of lower Manhattan to […]

UN Taskforce says more must be done to protect young girls

UN Taskforce says more must be done to protect young girls

The United Nations High Level Taskforce on women, girls, gender equality and HIV for Eastern and Southern Africa has called for accelerated effort in protecting the rights and wellbeing of young girls. The taskforce concluded its one-week high-level political advocacy mission in South Africa on Saturday, calling for renewed effort and commitment to protect the […]

SA’s ambassador to Oman returns to post pending probe

SA’s ambassador to Oman returns to post pending probe

South Africa’s Ambassador to Oman, Yusuf Saloojee, is at his posting in Muscat, Oman, temporarily, pending the finalisation of an on-going investigation, says the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco). The department recalled Saloojee and placed him on three-month suspension from 1 July 2012. This was to allow for an internal investigation into allegations […]

SA reiterates call for peace in Mali

SA reiterates call for peace in Mali

The South Africa government has reiterated its call for all role players in Mali to double their efforts to ensure that peace prevails in that country. “South Africa remains committed to the resolution of conflict through peaceful means,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Speaking on the sidelines of the South Africa and […]

SA to learn from Brazil prisons

SA to learn from Brazil prisons

Brazil has committed to forging closer ties with South Africa on correctional matters, and a high-level technical team has been invited to Brasilia to take matters forward. Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele on Wednesday held a meeting with the Director-General Augusto Eduardo de Souza Rossini and senior officials of the national Penitentiary Department at the […]

SA, Czech recommits to boost economic relations

SA, Czech recommits to boost economic relations

South Africa and the Czech Republic have recommitted themselves to further enhance trade and economic relations despite the current financial economic crisis negatively affecting many countries. The two countries represented by Deputy Trade and Industry (dti) Minister Elizabeth Thabethe and her counterpart Pavel Solcl signed a declaration to strengthening cooperation between South Africa and the […]

Zuma concerned at ‘undemocratic’ UN Security Council

Zuma concerned at ‘undemocratic’ UN Security Council

President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about what he described as the “undemocratic and unrepresentative” nature of the UN Security Council, saying this would lead to the council’s decisions being under attack for lack of legitimacy. “It is common cause that the current configuration of the council is unfair. It does not reflect the contemporary […]

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