Wednesday, January 6, 2010
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Schalk Burger.
The Department of Basic Education announced yesterday that the case of matric examination paper leakages in Mpumalanga province has been handed over to the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, or the Hawks.
Chief director for national examinations and assessment Nkosinathi Sishi said that stern action will be taken against the culprits. A total of 13 people, including an official from the department, were arrested last year in connection with this issue and have appeared in court.
The department said that it hopes to release exam results for Mpumalanga's 60 000 matrics by the end of the week, after exam quality assurance body Umalusi announced that the matric results for Mpumalanga pupils would not be released with the rest of the country's results on Thursday.
During the Copenhagen climate change conference in December, several delegations specifically raised the issue of border measures as a means of encouraging compliance with emissions targets. This is according to World Trade Organisation (WTO) DG Pascal Lamy, who says that the trade body is divided on the matter.
The WTO says that if trade measures were to be considered as a means of combating climate change, a multilateral agreement on the conditions for use of such measures is essential, and could alleviate many of the concerns that are linked to trade.
The organisation notes that there are clear links between the WTO and environmental issues, and reiterates that global problems like climate change require global solutions. Lamy describes the outcome of the Copenhagen conference as "a step forward".
The US is reworking its global multibillion-dollar fight against HIV/Aids to transform healthcare in some of the world's poorest countries, said US Aids chief Eric Goosby yesterday.
Goosby, who President Barack Obama named last year to take over the Bush administration's signature foreign aid initiative, said that US HIV/Aids relief efforts must change to face a broader health crisis stretching into the future. The emergency response will be transformed into a sustained, durable response, he said.
Former President George W Bush launched the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief in 2003, pledging an initial $15-billion to fight HIV/Aids around the world. Goosby has launched a new five-year strategy for the programme, saying that it is time to address underlying healthcare problems in HIV/Aids-hit countries.
Also making headlines:
South African Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda says that the SABC interim board was within its rights to appoint Solly Mokoetle as CEO.
Human rights groups in conservative Malawi call for a referendum on the illegality of homosexuality.
South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is to meet with her Southern African Development Community counterparts next week.
And, a Nigerian federal court will begin hearing lawsuits against the government next week, over the continued "unconstitutional" absence of ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.