Blogs

  • Apr 92009

    South Africa's 4th AIDS conference: The politics of HIV in South Africa.

    On a dark Durban night in June 2000, two of South Africa’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers were unexpectedly called to a meeting in a plush room at the city’s Hilton Hotel. “The minister wants to see you! Now!” a government official had simply barked at Professors Salim Abdool Karim and Jerry Coovadia, who were both in the process of releasing groundbreaking studies at the International AIDS Conference.

    Both men had previously been critical of their government’s response to the epidemic which was at the time killing thousands of their compatriots.

  • Mar 182009

    Finally in South Africa!

    Editors Note: Fellow Mia Malan returns to South Africa.

    I’ve been back in Johannesburg for a month now – after an absence of six years in Kenya and the US. So I’m seeing my country through a new set of eyes - mostly because I’ve got more to compare it to than before I left. Many people are negative, which I can understand to some extent – dealing with a constant climate of crime and corruption can be exhausting. But mostly, I see positive changes in South Africa - at least so far.