From left to right: Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for Healthin KwaZulu-Natal; Dr. Erasmus Morah, UNAIDS; Professor Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS; Dr Joe Phaala, Deputy Minister of Health and others. Photo: UNAIDS
South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3 million people on life-saving antiretroviral treatment. While the country has made good progress in its HIV response, AIDS deaths remain unacceptably high. This is in large part due to HIV’s twin epidemic, Tuberculosis (TB). South Africa has the third largest TB incidence in the world, after India and China, and approximately 70 per cent of people living with HIV also have TB. It is widely acknowledged that an integrated health service delivery system is critical to curbing these twin epidemics.
In recognition of this need, First Lady of South Africa, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, in partnership with Sanofi, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, supported the construction of an integrated HIV and TB clinic to serve the community of 13 500 people in Manxili, a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal Provinc Continue reading
Mr Pitso Mojapelo, Deputy Director and Carlo de Klerk from the Dept of Environmental Affairs; Cecilia Njenga, UNEP Representative to South Africa; Craig Spencer, Founder of the Black Mambas and Grace Modubu from th Dept of Environmental Affairs. In front row are the members of the Black Mambas – Colet Inah Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
Pretoria, 7 September 2015 – The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.
With this award, in the Inspiration and Action category, UNEP is recognizing the rapid and impressive impact The Black Mambas have made in combatting poaching and the courage required to accomplish it.
“Community-led initiatives are crucial to combatting the illegal trade in wildlife, and the Black Mambas highlight how effective local knowledge and commitment can be,” said United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. Continue reading
UNCT Members with National Treasury representatives at the UN building atfer the meeting. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
Heads of UN Agencies in South Africa recently held a meeting with senior Directors at the Department of National Treasury in Pretoria.
Ms. Nathalie Vereen, Director: Social and Governance and Mr. Emmanuel Ramathuba, Senior Policy Analyst at the National Treasury International Development Cooperation briefed the UN on the various aspects of nation fiscal policy, with regard to bilateral and multi-lateral relations with international organizations. Continue reading
From left to right: A young woman; Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development; Steve Letsike, Chair of SANAC Civil Society Forum; Erasmus Morah, UNAIDS Country Director; and Fareed Abdullah, CEO of SANAC. Photo: UNAIDS
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director in South Africa, Dr Erasmus Morah, recently attended a high-level dialogue forum aimed at highlighting men’s involvement in the HIV response and the impact of violence against women and children.
Organised by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)’s men’s sector, the dialogue brought together political leaders including Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, and the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini. The UNFPA’s Leonard Kamugisha participated in a technical panel that followed the High-Level panel. Continue reading
The UNIC Pretoria team in front of the exhibition stand. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
UNIC Pretoria recently took part in the annual SAIIA-KAS Careers evening at Wits University in Johannesburg on 12 August 2015. The Fair attracts more than 300 students from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Among other exhibitors were the British High Commission, World Bank Group, The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
The UNIC Pretoria stand attracted a lot of visits and questions on how the UN works. The evening was filled with a lot of excitement and zeal from the students. UNIC engaged the students in a quiz to assess their knowledge on the UN. Winners got prizes such branded T-shirts, USB’s, diaries, table books and posters from various agencies. Continue reading
UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office Representative Auxilia Ponga and Deputy Representative Themba Kalua cut the ribbon to open the boardroom. Photo UN Women S.A
UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office invited our colleagues from other UN agencies to join us in opening the office. The festivities began with Representative Dr Auxilia Ponga cutting the ribbon at the entrance to the boardroom with Deputy Representative Themba Kalua, before UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa Mr. Gana Fofang delivered a welcome speech and awarded certificates to those who had participated in the Gender Theme Group training run by UN Women.
A table was set up where our male colleagues could sign up at HeForShe.org and many promised to recruit more sign-ups from colleagues, some even going to offices in the building immediately to fetch them. Continue reading
UNCUT Magazine, “Silence breeds Violence” Issue-95 Photo: UNFPA/Love Life
South Africa, 28 August 2015 – With the focus on women in August, loveLife, South Africa’s national youth leadership development organisation, has released a special online edition of its cutting-edge youth magazine, UNCUT, to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV). The edition is a collection of powerful stories unearthed through its GBV project with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
“Through this project with UNFPA we have brought to light and explored the intricacies of gender inequality in South Africa and have found that solutions to the issue are not standard and require interventions that are tailored and informed by communities themselves,” says UNCUT Editor-in-Chief Angelo C Louw. Continue reading
Nelson Mandela International Day documentary screening at Cinema Noveau Brooklyn. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
Pretoria, 16 July 2015 – The United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) South Africa, led by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria, partnered with Sabido Productions and Cinema Nouveau, Brooklyn to screen the acclaimed documentary “Mandela: The passing of an icon” to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated annually on 18 July, encourages giving and volunteering. The “67 minutes initiatives” are supported globally to honour Nelson Mandela’s appeal to help eradicate social inequality and conflict. Continue reading
Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.
The UN Association of South Africa – University of Pretoria Chapter (UNASA-UP) under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) organized the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. The Conference, focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Agenda, was held from 10 July to 13 July 2015 at the University of Pretoria and at DIRCO, respectively. Continue reading
Audience members at the recent ‘Boost your Business’ workshop for women entrepreneurs in Cape Town, hosted by UN Women and Facebook. Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker
Pretoria, 1 July 2015 – UN Women’s global mobile-learning platform for women entrepreneurs, iLearn, is now more accessible to the women of South Africa. The iLearn platform is one of the free basic services on the Internet.org app that launched in South Africa today.
The iLearn initiative provides a platform for women entrepreneurs to tell their stories in their own words – enabling them to share their experiences and inspire other women. iLearn features women’s own stories ‘behind the business plan’; how they arrived at success and the challenges they faced. Contributors also share their motivation, personal drive, and the knowledge and skills they acquired to evolve in business. Continue reading