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The South African Medical Research Council has given multimillion-rand, multi-year grants to five previously under-resourced universities. The proposals cover research areas such as HIV, indigenous medicines, cancer, environmental health and non-communicable diseases.
The pharmaceutical industry and national Health Department are working to deal with shortages of certain medications, caused by global shortages of the pharmaceutical ingredients. Minister Motsoaledi has also put to rest concerns about supplies of antiretrovirals.
Mineworkers are at high risk of contracting lung diseases such as silicosis, pulmonary tuberculosis and lung cancer. Compensation has been slow in coming, but this should pick up pace with the launch of Project Ku-Riha, set up to process compensation claims speedily.
Living conditions in South Africa have improved over the past 12 years, according to the General Household Services. More households have access to improved sanitation - flush or pit toilets - piped water and electricity, says Statistics South Africa.
The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University will provide an excellent opportunity for the development of a new generation of health professionals, President Jacob Zuma said at the official opening of South Africa's newest university on Wednesday.
Mandarin has been added to the school curriculum as a subject choice at South Africa's state schools. Pupils at schools that have the resources to teach the Chinese language will be able to choose it as a second additional language from January 2016.
Construction at the university in Kimberley is meeting its milestones and will be ready for its 2016 student intake. The central campus is part of this phase, it will encompass six of eight multi-storey buildings at an estimated cost of over R900-million.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha called on communities to end the xenophobic looting of shops and property of foreign nationals in South Africa at an official government event held in Uithenhage to commemorate Human Rights Day.
The continent's most dynamic and future-focused cities are highlighted in Into Africa - the Continent's Cities of Opportunity. The top five are Johannesburg, Cairo, Tunis, Algiers and Casablanca - they "demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of Africa's urban future".
The UN reports that sexual exploitation accounts for 53% of trafficking victims; 37% are subjected to forced labour and slavery. South Africa has put in place several mechanisms to battle the crime, integrating the efforts of the police, justice and social departments, and civil society.