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Table of contents
1. Fishing for jobs in Lesotho
2. Southern Africa cracks down on TB in mines
3. Mixed picture for Lesotho's food security
4. Mozambicans want more payback from mining companies
5. Gender relations are changing along with climate
6. TB testing in South Africa rolling out slowly
7. Holding politicians to account for aid pledges

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Fishing for jobs in Lesotho



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HASEPHAPO-TAUNYANE, 27 March 2013 (IRIN) - Tsotleho Befole, 24,
travelled from the Lesotho highlands village of Hasephapo-Taunyane to
neighbouring South Africa twice in the past year, searching for work in
the mines. Both times it proved a wasted journey.
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Southern Africa cracks down on TB in mines



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JOHANNESBURG, 25 March 2013 (IRIN) - South Africa's gold mines are
estimated to have the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in
the world, making the disease a leading export to neighbouring
countries. IRIN takes a look at the declaration meant to change this
situation.
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Mixed picture for Lesotho's food security



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MBABANE, 25 March 2013 (IRIN) - It's a chilly autumn morning and Ntja
Mphale, 62, and his wife, Malehlohonolo, are hoeing a dew-covered field
just outside their village of Machache, 43km from Lesotho's capital,
Maseru. They are among thousands of unemployed Basotho who depend on
seasonal work weeding smallholder farmers' fields to earn a little cash.
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Mozambicans want more payback from mining companies



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TETE, 25 March 2013 (IRIN) - When foreign mining companies started
arriving in Mozambique's northwestern Tete Province, people had high
expectations that employment and prosperity would follow.
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Gender relations are changing along with climate



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JOHANNESBURG, 25 March 2013 (IRIN) - A changing climate will inevitably
have an impact on gender relations in conservative rural communities,
but not enough is being done to boost the resilience of women - already
disadvantaged by traditions of inequality.
Read report online

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TB testing in South Africa rolling out slowly



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CAPE TOWN, 26 March 2013 (IRIN) - South Africa will expand its rollout
of GeneXpert tuberculosis (TB) testing machines, which can diagnose TB
and drug-resistant TB within 90 minutes, but concerns remain about the
capacity to back up this commitment with supplies and treatment.
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Holding politicians to account for aid pledges



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DUBAI, 29 March 2013 (IRIN) - The aid community has an increasing
number of systems to track how money is spent, but it has few systems
to track pledges. UK Minister of State for International Development
Alan Duncan says politicians must be held to account for aid pledges.
Read report online

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