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Women, a strong driving force behind the success of Ripfumelo

August is a month dedicated to celebrating the triumphant and tender spirit of women in South Africa. This month serves as an acknowledgement of the contribution of women towards the birth of a democratic South Africa. It is also a reminder that, although men are regarded as the heads of the households, women are the driving force with which societies prevail.

Swaziland government commits to intensifying efforts in addressing health and social security challenges facing the mining industry

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security in association with International Organisation for Migration (IOM)  and Swaziland Migrant Mineworkers Association (SWAMMIWA) hosted a Policy Dialogue on TB, Silicosis, HIV, Portability of Social Security Benefits and Compensations, with the objective to convene various government partners and relevant organizations to discuss and share lessons how to effectively address the national complex problem on TB in the Mines and social security benefits (including compensations) in Swaziland.

Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) to convene SADC ministers to discuss the protection of unaccompanied migrant children in the region

The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM),will host a three-day regional Ministerial migration dialogue.

International Organization for Migration calls for collective interventions to fight violence against migrants

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is deeply concerned over the resurgence of attacks against migrants that have been going on and continue to spread throughout Durban and other parts of South Africa for the past two weeks. IOM calls for urgent collective interventions by the government, media, and the civil society in preventing violence against migrants in the country.

Awareness raised in mining communities around Thabazimbi to intensify efforts towards the fight against TB – IOM

According to report findings presented by Doctors Without Borders, 15 000 new cases of Drug-Resistant TB are diagnosed in South Africa every year. In recognition of World TB Day on 24 March 2015, Zam’ Impilo Entle Change Agents took to Jabulani Farm and Smash Block community for a vibrant TB awareness campaign. These are communities comprising of mineworkers, ex-mineworkers, farm workers, as well as their families in Thabazimbi, around Amandelbult and Northam platinum mines.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) supports Lesotho’s Health Ministry on implementing a proposed Diaspora Medical Short-term Return Programme

Pretoria: 12 March 2015, the international Organization for Migration (IOM) will support a one day dialogue, hosted by the Lesotho Ministry of Health to facilitate the ongoing initiatives towards the implementation of the proposed Diaspora Medical Short-term Return Programme. This particular discussion will focus of engaging Basotho medical professionals based in South Africa.

The Migration Story Train

In the beginning, there was nothing.

Well, not exactly nothing, but there were only very few, and they were almost nowhere. Well, not exactly nowhere, but in very few places. They are now known as “homo erectus”, the upright man.

Fossils of some of their predecessors, dating back to about 2,5 million years ago, were found at a farm called Swartkrans, near Sterkfontein, not far from here. Many people know it as The Cradle of Mankind.

IOM participates successfully in the Mail & Guardian African Truth Dialogue

3 March 2015 – IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF joined forces with the Mail and Guardian African Truth Dialogues to have a debate on xenophobia held at WITS University.  The panel discussion included Clementine Nkweta-Salami, UNHCR Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Richard Ots, IOM Chief of Mission, Andries Viviers, Education Specialist at UNICEF, Her Excellency Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, Nigerian Consulate General, Jean Pierre-Misago, researcher at the African Center Migrations Studies and Marc Gbaffou, Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum.

IOM to participate in the upcoming Mail & Guardian Africa African Truth Dialogue series

02 March 2015, Pretoria: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will take part in the Mail & Guardian Africa African Truth Dialogue set to take place on March 3rd at Wits University. The dialogue will examine issues around the continuous rise of antipathy towards foreign nationals which threatens tolerance and peace within the Africa-rising narrative.