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Friday, 15 April 2011 - 14:47

Today South Africa will have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership for the developing world as the G20 Finance Ministers gather in Washington D.C. to discuss a bold new plan for financing development, health and climate change.

The financing mechanism under discussion is a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) that could potentially raise hundreds of billions of dollars to be spent on internationally agreed upon development priorities. This would involve placing a...

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Monday, 4 April 2011 - 17:35

TAC responds to misrepresentations by DA spokesperson Gareth Van Onselen. Van Onselen has attempted to defend the DA's claim that it is responsible for a drop in infant mortality in Cape Town of 25 in 2003 to 21 in 2009. But his defence is simply incorrect.

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On Saturday 2 April, the TAC released a statement adapted from articles by Nathan Geffen (TAC's treasurer) and Gavin Silber (SJC Co-ordinator) in which they pointed out a misrepresentation in the DA's booklet The Cape Town Story and the DA's accompanying press statement. 

The...

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Sunday, 3 April 2011 - 09:38

The Democratic Alliance has claimed that it is responsible for a decline in infant mortality in Cape Town. We have examined the publicly available data. Since the DA took office in 2006, infant mortality has not changed for the city as a whole. It has increased in Khayelitsha.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has released a report titled...

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Monday, 28 March 2011 - 12:05

Tuberculosis (TB) has been one of the most important causes of premature death in South Africa. But the HIV epidemic has made it much worse, causing recorded TB deaths to triple from 1997 to 2005. TB kills more people in South Africa than any other disease. In Southern Africa and Eastern Europe, we face the growth of a drug-resistant TB epidemic. In Kwazulu-Natal the mortality rate from extensively drug resistant TB is close to 80%. TB is an enormous and frightening problem.

Tuberculosis (TB) has been one of the most important causes...

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 12:16

After stalling for some time, negotiations for an economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) on the one hand and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Mozambique and Angola on the other have recently restarted. According to an article published in Business Day on 10 February 2011, Xavier Carim - Deputy Director-General for international trade at the Department of Trade and Industry - is reported to have indicated that the EPA "should strike a balance between the levels of market access, regional harmonisation of rules, customs co-operation and safety...

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