Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
23 June 2010

MSF Soccer game for HIV awareness

9 days left!

HALFTIME – A SOCCER MATCH WITH A GOAL

Dear Friend,

The eyes of the world are fixed on South Africa and we are sure you have felt the anticipation and excitement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup since the kick-off last week. Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has decided to take this opportunity to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis facing over 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

MSF South Africa invites you to join us in HalfTime, a soccer match with a goal!

On 2 July 2010, in Johannesburg people living with HIV and MSF staff from several countries in Southern Africa are coming together to play a special soccer match against HIV/AIDS. This will take the form of a one day 5-a-side tournament that seeks to show that Halftime is no time to quit funding for anti-retroviral drugs.

Why HalfTime?

Think of the battle against HIV/AIDS as a deciding football match played between people living with HIV and the HIV virus itself…

The scores are tied in a draw at 1 all. HIV can still win the match if the funding for life saving ARV’s, which will help people to stay well enough to play the second half of the game of life, is stopped.

MSF provides antiretroviral treatment to over 140,000 people in 30 countries around the world and in the last 18 months we have observed international donors after years of commitment now capping, reducing or withdrawing their funding for antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). Our programmes are having to cut back on the number of people they put on ARV’s . This may mean that millions of people are at risk of dying unnecessarily.

Visit our new blog Extra-Time which presents an alternative view on World Cup from the perspective of HIV/Aids people and MSF field workers.

The MSF coach is working on the match tactics, so remember to keep an eye out for the next email on 29 June which will reveal the strategy for this deciding game!

Best regards,

Liz Thompson
General Director
MSF South Africa
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