South African songstress Yvonne ChakaChaka has been recognised for herefforts in the fight against malaria. Chaka Chaka receiving a recognitionaward from Prof Ahmed Wadee, dean ofthe Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Borrie La GrangeHead of CommunicationsMSF South Africa+27 83 287 5294RELATED ARTICLES• Holgate’s goodwill drive to Juba• Malaria cases halved in SA• Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot• Swaziland to wipe out malariaBongani NkosiSix months after Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s backing singer Phumzile Ntuli died of cerebral malaria in 2004, the renowned musician resolved to start bold awareness campaigns about the deadly disease.Chaka Chaka’s group were unaware that Ntuli had contracted malaria when they returned from a musical festival in Gabon. Not suspecting that her malaise signalled an infection, Ntuli was driven home to rest.She visited a doctor the following day when her condition deteriorated, but it was misdiagnosed as general fever – according to Chaka Chaka.“She was put in the intensive care unit at the Johannesburg General Hospital (now Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital) and two days later she died.“That was a turning point in my life,” said Chaka Chaka, speaking at the opening of the Malaria in Context exhibition at Wits University on 25 July 2011.Chaka Chaka became a goodwill ambassador for Unicef in 2005 and has since used this status to raise awareness about malaria.It’s estimated that the mosquito-borne infectious disease kills at least 800 000 people, mostly pregnant women and children, in Africa each year.Although Unicef initially approached Chaka Chaka to become a goodwill ambassador for HIV/Aids, she chose instead to focus on malaria due to the unexpected death of her band member.During her life, Ntuli had also sung alongside legendary musicians such as Letta Mbulu and the late Miriam Makeba.The tragic loss made Chaka Chaka realise how uninformed South Africans are about the disease, as it’s no longer a common killer in this country.“I was totally ignorant of malaria as well,” she said. “You don’t know until it happens to you.”Through her involvement in several awareness campaigns, Chaka Chaka has travelled the continent and the world to speak out about the disease and distribute mosquito nets.Her goodwill ambassadorship for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) is her most notable contribution to the cause.This campaign – led by the World Bank, World Health Organisation, Unicef and the UN Development Programme – is a “global framework for coordinated action against” the disease.For her efforts, RBM and the UN honoured Chaka Chaka with a special award of recognition in November 2010.The New York-based Explorer’s Club honoured her in June 2011 alongside South African explorer Kingsley Holgate, who has fought for many years to combat the disease.Chaka Chaka’s foundation, Princess of Africa, has also positioned itself as a leading voice on the issue.In addition, she has endorsed Doctors without Borders’ (MSF) Kiss Malaria Goodbye, a new online campaign that seeks to raise awareness of malaria among South Africans.Wits exhibitionAt the exhibition opening, Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Prof Ahmed Wadee said of Chaka Chaka’s efforts: “She has taken her public profile and used it as a goodwill ambassador.”Sponsored by MSF, the exhibition illustrates the history of the disease in South Africa and shows how the country is fighting to eliminate the disease.“I’m proud to be associated with this initiative the exhibition,” Chaka Chaka said.‘It can be beaten’Chaka Chaka has seen various improvements in curbing the impact of malaria. While in 2005 it used to kill at least one child every 35 seconds in Africa, statistics show that this has dropped slightly to one death every 45 seconds.But figures show it remains a serious concern, she noted. Chaka Chaka believes African governments need to invest more in fighting the disease – and for it to become a public- and private-sector initiative.“It can be done,” she said. “If we don’t do it now, we’re going to be judged by the next generation.”Some countries have shown that it’s possible to eradicate malaria completely. Australia achieved this in 1970, and Morocco in 2007.Mosquito nets have become highly successful in preventing malaria in risk-prone African areas. But actual treatment still needs to be improved, according to MSF.The organisation said it was lobbying governments to adopt artemisinin-based therapy, which it said is more effective, safer and easier to administer than quinine.
20 October 2015President Jacob Zuma has announced that following a working visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, the two countries are working together to strengthen relationships and build new economic partnerships.“We have decided that the next decade of our Bi-National Commission (BNC) should intensify the implementation of joint economic projects, in particular the Grand Inga Hydropower Project, whose founding treaty was signed on 30 October 2013,’ Zuma said yesterday.The visit and the results of the relationship with the DRC fulfil a fundamental pillar of South Africa’s National Development Plan, that of assuring a stronger South African presence in Africa and the world.Earlier last week, Zuma co-chaired the ninth session of the BNC with his counterpart, President Joseph Kabila of the DRC.During the session, the two presidents reviewed progress made on bilateral programmes during the first decade of the Bi-National Commission. These included co-operation projects in the fields of politics and governance; defence and security; economy, finance and infrastructure; as well as social and humanitarian affairs.Bilateral trade increased from R11-billion in 2012 to R13-billion in 2014. South Africa is the DRC’s biggest supplier of foreign goods and services, providing more than 20% of the country’s total imports.Speaking in the capital Kinshasa, Zuma pledged support for an emerging DRC, adding: “This is not the DRC of 2004. (The country is) emerging from a prolonged conflict and civil strife, (and) required support and solidarity. South Africa has committed and pledged to accompany and walk with the government and the people of this great nation, and now, a decade later, we can look back with deserved pride considering the noticeable achievements that we have made.”Over the next 10 years, Zuma said, economic relations in the areas of trade, industrialisation and infrastructure development would be more prominent than they were now. “We have urged the responsible ministries and departments to finalise all outstanding issues in order to pave the way for the construction of this Pan- African flagship project,” he added.During last week’s visit, the South African leader witnessed the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement by the ministers responsible for transport. The agreement will enable the two countries to facilitate movement of people and expand aviation co-operation. South Africa and the DRC maintain good diplomatic and political relations.Both leaders urged authorities in charge of the various projects in both countries to do their best to “speed up the process with a view to resolving all the outstanding issues. in order to clear the way for carrying out this pan-African project”.One of the projects highlighted during the visit that will enjoy a boost from the ongoing relationship is the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 dam project, on the Congo River. Africa’s most powerful river, it is perfect for hydro-energy generation.The Inga 3 Basse Chute project near Matadi will divert the river’s waters into a 12km channel and passing through a 100m hydropower dam in the Bundi Valley before releasing the water back into the river. The project is expected to generate 4 800 megawatts of power, equivalent to the output of three third-generation nuclear reactors, and boost power supplies to a region starved of electricity.“This project will help turn on the switch to a brighter future for Congo, and the continent,” Zuma said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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