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Press releases - 2007

UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2007/Schermbrucker Robben Island Media Kidocracy Konfrence ends

11 Dec 2007 - As 20 children at UN headquarters prepared to join Heads of State and government in giving their views on progress towards the goals set out in A World Fit for Children, five years after the document was adopted, 54 children from around Africa gathered on historic Robben Island, entered their final day of deliberations highlighting their views on issues affecting African children.


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Danny K 8th Media Kidocracy Konfrence opens today on Robben Island

Celebrity Advocates Danny K and Malaika to join celebration

5 December 2007… In a  youthful celebration of  freedom and democracy, young people from South Africa and the African continent will converge on Robben Island from 5-10 December to take part in the eighth annual Bush Radio Media Kidocracy Konfrence (MKK 2007) co-sponsored by UNICEF South Africa .


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UNICEF and Woolworths announce Kids Changing the World initiative

Harnessing “kid power” to help build a better future

28 November, 2007:  The buddy bands are a project of Kids Changing the World, a new Woolworths initiative aimed at giving South Africa’s young people a chance to make a difference in the lives of other young South Africans. View the Kids Changing the World storyboard.


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ParisFashionWeek Gavin Rajah designs couture doll for UNICEF auction

Funds to help children who do not have the simple privilege of play

South African couturier and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gavin Rajah has joined the ranks of a select group of the world’s most prestigious designers who have been commissioned to design a high fashion doll to raise funds in support of the global children’s organisation.


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EMP Marcel Desailly -560123 UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Marcel Desailly for Soccerex

Johannesburg, 21 Nov 2007…UNICEF announced today that Marcel Desailly, Goodwill Ambassador, World Cup Winner and former Captain of the French national football team will be a guest of honour at Soccerex, the world’s largest business-to-business football exposition to be held in Johannesburg from 25 to 28 November.


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UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2007/Jacobs Children have a ball as Let’s Play a Million kicks off national distribution plan

Pretoria, 12 Nov., 2007…   On a hot and dusty day in four townships of the greater Gauteng region this past weekend,  thousands of smiling children gathered for the start of the national distribution of over 100,000 soccer balls raised in Let’s Play a million television, radio and sms campaign mounted  by  UNICEF  sport for development partner  SuperSport.


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UNICEF congratulates Government, Parliament and people of South Africa on adoption of new Children’s Amendment Bill

Cape Town, 6 November…  UNICEF South Africa Country Representative Macharia Kamau, today congratulated the Government, Parliament and people of South Africa on the adoption of the Children’s Amendment Bill, hailing it as “an innovative and historic piece of legislation that will have significant impact on improving the situation of children in South Africa”


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UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2007/Ismail TV and Radio personality Nicole Fox visits UNICEF Country Office

October 2007 - Popular Radio and TV personality, Nicole Fox visited the UNICEF country office in South Africa recently to explore opportunities for an ongoing association.  Nicole's interest is in promoting an end to the violence and abuse of women and children.


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UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2007/Hlatshwayo Danny K visits UNICEF South Africa’s Country Office

16 October 2007 - Danny K, renowned contemporary South African music artist visited UNICEF's Country Office to meet staff and to discuss his future support for UNICEF's work with children in South Africa. Danny would like to work with UNICEF to promote positive messages to young people around issues of violence, HIV and AIDS and the fight against substance abuse, particularly in schools.


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UNICEF/South Africa/2007/Hearfield Executive Director visits OVC care and support best practice in South Africa

10 Oct 2007 - The poorly lit room is the first thing you notice when you enter this child-headed family household in Katlegong Township, near Johannesburg. But that in no way dims the bright smiles on the faces of the three children, their older brother and young cousin, who welcomed UNCEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, the visitor from “overseas”, who they had been so eagerly waiting to meet.


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UNICEF/2007 Nelson Mandela and Ann M. Veneman unite for children

Ms. Ann Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director was accompanied on her visit to Mr. Nelson Mandela by the UNICEF Country Representative, Mr. Macharia Kamau and Deepha Pandian from UNICEF in New York. On Saturday Ms. Veneman visited a childheaded household in Katlehong township in Johannesburg. On Monday she will meet with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and donors before departing for Botswana. Read more.


Soccerex UNICEF South Africa unveils a 3-year partnership with Soccerex

Johannesburg, 20 September - UNICEF South Africa has clinched a three-year partnership with Soccerex, the premier business convention for football worldwide.   The partnership was unveiled at the media conference when the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Finance and Economic Affairs, Paul Mashatile officially unveiled Soccerex.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Alexander ICC Chief Malcolm Speed revs the “Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS” campaign

Cape Town 17 September 2007 - The International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Malcolm Speed took on scores of South African children in a cricket game to boost the “Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS” global campaign. The campaign uses international cricket to raise awareness of the needs and rights of children in the fight against aids.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Hearfield Scotland cricketers McCallum, Poonia and Sheikh champion children’s rights in the fight against HIV and AIDS

Durban 17 September 2007 - Scotland may have made an early exit out of the ICC World Twenty20 2007. However, their support for the ICC, UNICEF and UNAIDS “Unite for children, Unite Against AIDS” global campaign makes them heroes in the eyes of millions of South African children.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Hearfield Kumar Sangakkara’s one other major assignment off the pitch – an uplifting message for Johannesburg’s Tembisa children

Johannesburg 12 September 2007 - Leading Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and other team mates taking part in the ICC World Twenty20  in South Africa, have one other major assignment off the pitch – to campaign for children’s needs and rights in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Hearfield “Cricket can help combat HIV and AIDS”, says Graeme Smith

Johannesburg 10 September 2007 - The Proteas skipper Graeme Smith is not only upbeat about victory in the ICC World Twenty20 Championships but also optimistic about the wins cricket can add to combating HIV and AIDS among children and young people.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Hearfield Windies aid UNICEF campaign for children’s needs and rights in the fight against HIV and AIDS

Johannesburg 10 September 2007 - The West Indies cricket team, taking part in the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, have added their voice to the global campaign for children’s need and rights in the fight against HIV and AIDS.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Hearfield Kiwi stars promote HIV and AIDS awareness in Alexandria

Johannesburg, 03 September 2007 - Children at the Little Champs Alexan Kopano School in Alexandra, Johannesburg, today had the opportunity to meet some of New Zealand’s ICC World Twenty20 squad as part of the International Cricket Council’s partnership with UNICEF and UNAIDS to promote HIV and AIDS awareness, especially among children and young people.


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International agencies forge common front against human trafficking

Pretoria 3 September 2007 – As South Africa’s human trafficking week gets underway, four international agencies responsible for the Southern African region have announced that they intend to forge a common front to combat this modern day form of slavery. Also read:

  • Note on the definition of 'child trafficking' [word] [pdf]
  • Fact sheet on trafficking [word] [pdf]

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UNICEF / South Africa / Rheeder UNICEF South Africa inaugurates sub office in Cape Town

Backs Advisory Council for Children in the Western Cape

Cape Town, 17 August 2007...  UNICEF South Africa today officially inaugurated its first sub office in the country to be located in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature building in Cape Town.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Hearfield UNICEF and Soccerex team up to promote children’s development through sport

16 August, 2007… UNICEF today announced its partnership with Soccerex, the business convention for football worldwide, which will take place from 25-28 November at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. UNICEF said it will showcase its Sport for Development program at this year’s Soccerex Convention.


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Cape Town Fashion Week UNICEF appoints South Africa fashion icon Gavin Rajah Goodwill Ambassador

Designer to champion protection of children from violence and abuse

Cape Town, 11 August... UNICEF last night announced the appointment of top South African couturier and humanitarian activist Gavin Rajah as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  The announcement came at the close of the designer’s Cape Town Fashion Week show in the city South Africans affectionately call the “mother city”.


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UNICEF / South Africa / Pirozzi On the 15th anniversary World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August, UNICEF says initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth could greatly reduce neonatal deaths

August 2007 - Breastfeeding every baby from the first hour of life could prevent a significant number of neonatal deaths in developing countries, UNICEF said today, at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.  In South Africa, where two thirds of neonatal deaths are due to low birth weight, keeping babies warm and initiating them early on exclusive breastfeeding could save many of these young lives.


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UNICEF video UNICEF receives biggest gift in its South African history

Pretoria 21 June, 2007… Patrice and Precious Motsepe of the Motsepe Family Foundation donated, through FC Barcelona, R750, 000 (US$ 107,000), in support of UNICEF South Africa’s child survival programme. The cheque was handed over to the UNICEF Representative, Mr. Macharia Kamau, at the thrilling encounter between FC Barcelona and Sundowns FC that took place in Pretoria on 20 June 2007.


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UNICEF saddened by the high numbers of child deaths in South Africa

Calls for accelerated action to improve maternal and child survival

Pretoria 19 June, 2007…  UNICEF today expressed sadness and dismay that young children are amongst the highest numbers of reported deaths, particularly in the 0-4 age group where they are dying more than any other group in the new democratic South Africa.


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Countries urged to do more to stop child trafficking as risks to children rise in Africa

HIV/AIDS and endemic poverty in the region leave millions of children vulnerable
 
Nairobi, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF today called on countries in Eastern and Southern Africa to step up their efforts to stop child trafficking. Evidence of an expansion in the global trafficking of human beings into this part of the world is already emerging.


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MTN/Trevor Fish Sundowns / Barcelona FC: Building a legacy of quality football beyond 2010

12 June, 2007  Patrice Motsepe, owner of the Mamelodi Sundowns football team, today answered the burning question on the minds of exuberant South African fans, when he announced that Barcelona FC star player Ronaldinho, Eto and a host of other BFC stars will be in the team line up for the BFC / Sundowns game scheduled for 20 June in Tshwane, South Africa. Photo: Macharia Kamau and Patrice Motsepe.


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DoSD Deputy Director General to chair satellite session on Children and AIDS

Durban, 4 June 2007… UNICEF has announced that Ms. Vuyelwa Nhlapo, Deputy Director General for Integrated Development in the Department of Social Development and Dr. Nomonde Xundu, Cluster Manager HIV and AIDS and STI in the Department of Health, will serve as co-chairs the satellite session on Children and AIDS at the National AIDS conference in Durban 5-8 June.


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UNICEF/South Africa/Pirozzi UNICEF says Children and AIDS to take prominent place on AIDS Conference Agenda

Durban 4 June 2007 - In the country with the highest number of people infected with HIV − 5.4 million − and where approximately 13  per cent of all infections occur in children, organizers of the third South African National AIDS conference have sent strong signals that the issue of children and AIDS will occupy a prominent  place in the conference deliberations. Also see: Conference resources


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UNICEF/South Africa/Rheeder Government committed to addressing child poverty … Minister Skweyiya

30 May 2007 - The National Symposium on Child Poverty kicked off Child Protection Week under the lead of the Ministry for Social Development on 28 and 29 May 2007.  The Symposium brought together high level government officials, researchers, policy makers, international development agencies and grassroots representatives to debate and think through the challenges of addressing child poverty.


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Children from Eastern Cape Symposium on Child Poverty kicks off Child Protection Week 2007

UNICEF to chair panel on international experiences

25 May 2007 - A two-day symposium aimed at reviewing existing child poverty reduction strategies and interventions and making recommendations to enhance current plans to reduce child poverty kicks off this year’s Child Protection Week. Also read:


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UNICEF/South Africa/Mtolo “Schools a lifeline for children”, says Gavin Rajah on mission for UNICEF, visits with orphans and vulnerable children in KwaZulu-Natal

Durban 4 May 2007…“Your schools are a lifeline for children and the lifeblood of the communities around them,” said internationally acclaimed South African designer Gavin Rajah, commending teachers and community members at two junior primary schools in under resourced communities in Kwa Mashu Township, in his home province, KwaZulu-Natal, on a one-day advocacy mission for UNICEF.


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SuperSport Stars Line up to endorse Let’s Play a Million Campaign

UNICEF and SuperSport team up to promote child development through sport

Johannesburg, 1 May, 2007…More than twenty big name South African celebrities have endorsed the UNICEF and SuperSport Let’s Play a Million campaign, urging the public to donate one soccer ball to help improve  children’s lives through sport  in the country’s under resourced communities in the  run up to 2010.


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UNICEF/South Africa/Hearfield UNICEF, Social Development and Social Security Agency to sign an agreement to fight child poverty.

Johannesburg, 20 April 2007 - The Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya is to preside over the signing of a partnership between the Department of Social Development, SA Social Security Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund.


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UNICEF/South Africa/Zulu Greece contributes €30,000 to UNICEF South Africa country programme

Funds will support community based actions for orphans and vulnerable children

Pretoria, 9 April 2007 - The Government of Greece has given a €30, 000 boost to UNICEF South Africa’s programme for community-based social support of orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS (OVC).


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UNICEF/South Africa/Hearfield South African children to benefit as BT launches £1.5 million global development partnership with UNICEF

Investing in children’s community projects in South Africa, Brazil and China

3 April 2007 - BT today launched a three-year global development partnership with UNICEF which will include investing around 20 million Rands into bringing education, technology and communications skills to children from poor socio-economic backgrounds in South Africa, Brazil and China.


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UNICEF/South Africa/Hearfield UNICEF South Africa and Supersport launch “Let’s Play a Million”

7 March 2007- The United Nations Children’s Fund and Supersport signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch “Let’s Play a Million” in Johannesburg. Photo: Imtiaz Patel, CEO, Supersport with Macharia Kamau, UNICEF Representative joining forces to reach out to children through sport. Also read  ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to Shine Spotlight on Children and Young People Affected by HIV


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UNICEF welcomes President’s commitment to support and uplift status of women and children

9 February 2007 - UNICEF South Africa today welcomed the commitments and pledges made by President Thabo Mbeki in his State of Nation address.  UNICEF was particularly encouraged by the President’s statement on strategies to support and uplift the status of children, women and the poor people of South Africa.


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UNICEF/SouthAfrica/Toureau UNICEF announces partnership with couturier Gavin Rajah to support child protection programmes in South Africa

Paris, France, 23 January 2007 - UNICEF South Africa and leading South African couturier Gavin Rajah today announced a partnership that aims to boost both advocacy and financial support for UNICEF’s child protection programmes in South Africa. The programmes focus on prevention, care and support of orphans and other vulnerable children from violence, abuse and exploitation.


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