Tagged: South Africa

NEWS: South Africa’s FASD Problem

Rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are high in South Africa.
The Foundation For Alcohol Related Research (FARR) recently concluded a three-year study in the Saldanha Bay Municipality, which includes five small seaside towns on South Africa’s scenic West Coast.
It found a Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) – the umbrella term used to describe a spectrum of conditions of which FAS is the most extreme – prevalence rate of 6.42% (64 per 1,000) among children in Grade 1…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Fuels HIV/ AIDS In Women

New report shows: alcohol use fuels already unequal power relationship between men and women. This brings about several negative consequences, especially for women. A report by the University of the Witwatersrand and the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication shows that South African women consume less alcohol than their male counterparts, but they bear a disproportionate burden of the consequences of alcohol. This is particularly true for women’s risk of contracting HIV…

NEWS: South Africa Increases Alcohol Taxes

Tax rates on alcoholic beverages have been consistently increased beyond inflation since 2002. The 2016 budget continues this trend, with excise duty rate increases of between 6.7% and 8.5%. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that taxes on wine, beer, spirits and cigarettes would continue to rise above the rate of inflation…

BLOG: Travel Diary #1: Videos From Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kristina and myself are traveling through the Southern African region these days. It’s great fun and exciting to meet so many heart-driven civil society organizations in the different countries, to hang out with our members and to go on advocacy meetings. It’s also great fun to film these short travel diaries. We want to share them with you…

EVENT: HABITAT III Thematic Meeting “Informal Settlements”

The Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements will involve a wide range of participants that will debate about Informal Settlement and will deliver policy recommendations in the form of a final participants’ declaration, that will be considered official input to the New Urban Agenda…