The Nelson Mandela/HSRC study of HIV/AIDS published in December 2002, found that 5.6% of children in South Africa between 2 -14 years old were HIV-positive. This was a cause of great concern for the investigators. Now the HSRC has developed a proposal to study these findings in greater depth. The study will investigate the role of the healthcare system, sexual abuse and other non-healthcare related events.
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South Africa recently hosted a Middle East peace-building initiative where some of our influential leaders shared ideas and experiences with civil society counterparts from Israel and Palestine. Author Heribert Adam shared his ideas on Peace-making in Divided Societies.
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The Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Mr Ronnie Kasrils, referred in his Parliamentary vote speech on 6 June to the figure of 10 million South Africans who had been affected at some point in the past by the disconnection of their access to water, disseminated last year in Cost Recovery & the Crisis of Service Delivery. The HSRC has clarified, in a letter to the Minister, that the figure over-estimates the phenomenon.
However, the extent and consequences of these disconnections by local authorities remains a serious matter of concern. The HSRC plans to conduct
further research for the Department to clarify the extent and the causes of the disconnection of basic water supplies to poor communities.
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