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Report: New Sudan Civil War Could Cost $100 Billion

A new study says a return to civil war in Sudan would cost more than $100 billion over 10 years.British-based non-governmental group Aegis Trust published a study Thursday that assesses the cost of a resumption of war following January's planned referendum on southern independence.Analysts say the cost to Sudan itself would amount to $50 billion...

UN Reports Progress Against HIV/AIDS in Africa

The United Nations says progress is being made worldwide against the HIV/AIDS virus, as fewer people are becoming infected and fewer are dying from the disease. The report also cites progress in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of all HIV victims live, but says greater efforts are needed in the struggle. The United Nations report on HIV/AIDS...

AIDS Drugs Proven as Prevention Tool

A new study shows that anti-retroviral drugs can be used to prevent HIV infection in uninfected people.  It’s called PrEP – or pre-exposure prophylaxis. The findings, released Tuesday, appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Researchers say it could “fundamentally change strategies to slow the global HIV epidemic.” The iPrEx study was...

Company Provides Affordable Medicines to South Africans

The chief executive officer of The Wellbeing Company, a South African-based medical trading firm, told VOA his organization’s aim is to provide “the highest quality medicines” to improve the quality of life to South Africans who cannot afford needed medications. Darryl Combe said his company is an efficient and entrepreneurial business which...

South Africa: At Least 5 Million New HIV Infections Expected Over next 20 years

A new report says South Africa can expect to have at least five million new HIV infections over the next 20 years.  That’s nearly the same number of people currently living with the disease in the country. The report was released by the aids2031 South Africa Project.  It outlines for the first time Africa’s “difficult long-term choices and...

South African Judge Denies Bail to Nigerian Accused of Terrorism

A court in South Africa has denied bail to a Nigerian businessman who is facing terrorism charges in connection with bombings in Nigeria that killed a dozen people. The South African judge denied bail to Nigerian businessman Henry Okah saying he believed he was the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, known as MEND.MEND...

South African President Jacob Zuma Attends G20 Summit

South African President Jacob Zuma Attends G20 Summit President Jacob Zuma and a South African delegation have arrived in South Korea ahead of the fifth G20 Leaders Summit in Seoul. The two-day summit is expected to get underway on Thursday and follows a meeting of the G20 in June. According to the Presidency, South Africa will participate in the summit within the context of contributing to and...

Illegal Miner Killed, 426 Arrested in Free State Police Operation at South Africa

An illegal miner was killed, two injured and some 426 arrested during a police and mine security operation at the St Helena mine near Welkom, police said on Friday. Free State police spokesman Captain Stephen Thakeng said police and mine security in a joint operation visited a problematic illegal mining area at the St. Helena mine at 8am on...

New South African Ministers Sworn In After Major Cabinet Reshuffle

New South African Ministers Sworn In After Major Cabinet Reshuffle Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo on Monday presided over the swearing in of six new ministers and 12 deputy ministers appointed by President Jacob Zuma as part of a Cabinet reshuffle. Those who took their oath at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria were Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba,...

South African President Jacob Zuma Expected to Re-Engage Mugabe and Tsvangirai on GPA Issues

After a month's engagement with the World Cup, South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly set to resume his SADC mediation role in Zimbabwe to try and bridge the gap between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. Talks to iron out outstanding Global Political Agreement issues between Mugabe and Tsvangirai have dragged on since the two leaders...

South African President Jacob Zuma Calls for G-20 to Initiate IMF Reforms

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has reiterated SA's long-held view and called for international financial institutions to be overhauled to give developing economies a greater say. Addressing a session of the Group of 20 (G-20) in Toronto at the weekend, Mr Zuma said it was time for the group's leaders to take the initiative with regard to the reform of the...

Ghana Wins Dramatic World Cup Victory Over United States

Ghana Wins Dramatic World Cup Victory Over United States Ghana became only the third African side in World Cup history to reach the quarter-finals with a dramatic 2-1 extra time win over the United States at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg on Saturday. A stunning footed volley from Asamoah Gyan settled the match for the Black Stars, who staved off extensive pressure to win a major boost...

Six Arrested Over Kayumba Shooting of Rwandan in South Africa

Six Arrested Over Kayumba Shooting of Rwandan in South Africa The South African police have arrested half a dozen people in connection with the weekend shooting of renegade Rwandan General, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, which the official says was an assassination attempt. South Africa Police spokesman Govindsamy Mariemuthoo declined to give particulars of the suspects or where they are being held. However,...

Africa Hopes Super Eagles Hold Their Nerve

Africa Hopes Super Eagles Hold Their Nerve The equation for Nigeria is really quite simple. They need to beat South Korea in Durban on Tuesday and hope that Argentina do likewise in their encounter with Greece, sending the Super Eagles through to the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. That they are still in the running after two defeats in their opening matches is a massive bonus, as...

Bafana Hope to Avoid Shame in World Cup Clash With France

South Africa's last chance of avoiding the ignominy of being the first World Cup hosts in history to go out in the first round is against France in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. But even if Bafana achieve the unlikely and handsomely beat the splintered French, there is still no guarantee of progress to the knockout phase. They must also hope that the...