Daily Archives: May 24, 2017

WFP And J-PAL Partner To Promote Child Growth And Immunization In Moyamba District

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL Africa) are partnering on a programme to promote children’s health in Moyamba district, one of the districts in Sierra Leone most affected by chronic malnutrition.

Children born with low birth weight are commonly stunted (displaying low growth for age). Later in life, they are at increased risk of chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension and coronary heart disease. Much of the damage done by early childhood undernutrition is irreversible after what is known as the thousand-day window � the period covering pregnancy up and the first two years of life.

This is why under the pilot programme, set to continue through 2018 in Moyamba district, 60,000 pregnant and nursing women, and 40,000 children aged six to 23 months, will receive monthly rations of specialised nutritious food when they visit a health clinic. During the period between birth and 6 months, support will be given to nursing mothers in order to promote exclusive breast feeding.

The food ration acts both as an element to prevent stunting and as an incentive for mothers to access health services, explains J-PAL Africa Executive Director Laura Poswell.

Malnutrition makes it very difficult to rise out of poverty, adds Peter Scott-Bowden, WFP Representative in Sierra Leone. The importance of prevention cannot be overemphasized.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Source: World Food Programme

Premier David Makhura meets municipalities to ensure better coordination in infrastructure development

Premier David Makhura on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 met with the Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) and officials working within the infrastructure development, human settlements and economic development units in municipalities in the province. The pu…

Foreigners in S. Africa: Xenophobic Attacks a Daily Danger

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA � South Africa grabbed international attention earlier this year with images of angry demonstrators attacking foreign residents and their businesses. This type of xenophobic violence, analysts say, is largely driven by high unemployment, inequality and frustration with the government’s failure to provide everyone with basic services.

But like those enduring challenges, xenophobic attacks are also proving hard to wipe out. The nation has seen eruptions of major anti-foreigner violence in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, and earlier this year. Members of immigrant communities and watchdog groups say xenophobic violence is a daily occurrence.

Sharon Ekambaram leads the refugee and migrant rights program for Lawyers for Human Rights. She said her rights group hears daily accounts of crimes against immigrants, and South African authorities are often reluctant to intervene when foreign nationals are targeted.

It’s not only my opinion, but it is well documented, she said. … And these acts of violence are a combination of very, very reckless statements that have been made by politicians, unsubstantiated statements using foreign nationals as scapegoats for their failure to implement policies and deliver services that they are constitutionally obliged to do.

In central Johannesburg, Abdirizak Ali Osman, secretary-general of the Somali Community Board, agrees.

Xenophobia in South Africa has never ended, and I think for me it is never going to end, he said, rattling off a number of recent reports his office in central Johannesburg has received of lootings, robberies, and threats.

It happens on a daily basis, on a very small scale, in different parts of the country.

Scared and silent

Foreign shopkeepers say they are regularly targeted because of their nationality. One, Fatuma Hassan, said she has taken to wearing a face-covering niqab so that she can speak freely about the threats she faces.

Xenophobia not one time, two times, three times – several times she said. Up to now, they came to me, took $300 from my shop. Now my brother came through to here, he told me that they looted, even today in my shop.

Another Somali businessman, Soweto shopowner Mustafa Omar Caddow, said he recently stood by helplessly as a rampaging mob took at least $30,000 worth of appliances from his shop and then trashed the place.

This month, in the evening around eight, the people who was destructing, they came, and they looted the shop, he said. They break, and they took everything. There is nothing left.

Safety in numbers

Here in the predominantly Somali suburb of Mayfair, residents say they feel safety in numbers. They need it, they say, because they do not feel the government has listened to their suggestions on how to improve safety.

I was expecting that at least they will say, we are going to take care of you from now on, so this will not happen, said Caddow. They do not say.They say, Actually, we can do nothing.

South African police did not answer repeated calls from VOA seeking comment.

Caddow, whose wife and children still live in war-torn, unstable Somalia, said he longs to be reunited with his loved ones after nearly eight years apart.

But, he said, it just isn’t safe.

Source: Voice of America

TOURISM TO GROW, IMPROVE LIVES OF SOUTH AFRICANS – TOURISM MINISTER

PRETORIA, May 24 (NNN-SANEWS) — The Department of Tourism will use its R2.1 billion budget to ensure that the tourism industry continues to grow and improve the lives of South Africans.Marketing takes the largest component of this budget at 53% or R1….