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Press releases - 2005

Rock family brings cheer to Diepsloot Children
Pretoria, December 21, 2005 – When Hollywood actor and comedian, Chris Rock chose South Africa for a short family vacation with his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock and their two children, they decided to set aside a bit of time to meet  impoverished children to learn about the impact of HIV and AIDS crisis on their communities in and around Johannesburg. UNICEF SA photo by D Ingham Brown
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Barclays and UNICEF join forces to protect young adults in South Africa from HIV and AIDS
10 November 2005 - Cape Town. Barclays today announces that it is donating over £350,000 to UNICEF, to educate over 1.5 million children on how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.  The money will go to UNICEF’s Girls Education Movement (GEM) programme and will reach young people in three of South Africa’s poorest provinces – Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo.
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Clear Channel to devote over US$ 5 million in global outdoor advertising space to UNICEF HIV and AIDS awareness campaign
27 October 2005 - As part of the first global outdoor advertising campaign ever conceived, Clear Channel today announced it will devote over US$5 million in advertising to an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign being conducted in conjunction with UNICEF.
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UNICEF / South Africa / Jantilal Indian cricketers go to bat for children orphaned by AIDS in Durban

Durban, August 20, 2005:   Joining hands in a unique partnership with UNICEF,  Ravi Shastri, former Indian cricketer and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF India, and Indian cricketers playing in the Afro – Asia Cup matches in South Africa, found a new cause to bat for—children orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS.   Photo: UNICEF / South Africa / Jantilal


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UNICEF / Souh Africa / Blowfish On a first field trip with Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol

August 2005 - Thandiwe School for the disabled in the rural KwaZulu Natal (KZN) municipality of Nkandla is home to boys and girls, aged from 2-16, with a range of physical and cognitive disabilities.  But that doesn’t stop the children from having a good time with a ball. Photo by Blowfish


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Amidst calls for an end to corporal punishment and for partnerships to protect children, Regional Preparatory Consultations on Violence against Children ends

20 July 2005 - “The school, a place of learning has turned out to be a nightmare because there is violence and it is unbearable.” So said children in their final report to 350 adult delegates at the closing plenary session of the eastern and southern Africa regional consultations on violence against children held in South Africa.

Photo: Prof. P. Pinheiro

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"They hear our voices, but they don’t hear us,” children say - Eastern and southern Africa Regional Consultations on Violence against Children ends

18 July 2005 - Prof. Pinheiro, the UNSG's Independent Expert on violence against children, often repeats a phrase he heard in Slovenia, “Children see what adults cannot see.” From what the children who deliberated on the issue of violence against children in the regional consultations told him, the sentiment is no different in Johannesburg.

[Also read Young Voices for their final recommendations]


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New UNICEF South Africa Country Representative takes office

Pretoria, 28 June 2005 - Macharia Kamau, the new Country Representative for UNICEF South Africa, this morning presented his credentials to the Government of South Africa represented by  Dr. Essop Pahad, Minister in the Presidency at the Union Buildings, Pretoria.

Mr. Kamau, a national Kenya, is responsible for all UNICEF’s programmes and operations in South Africa.


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South Africa hosts United Nations Study on Violence against Children Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation 18-20 July, Children’s Consultation 16 and 17 July

The ESAR consultation for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children is being organised at the request of the Study expert, Professor Paulo Pinheiro.

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Quinton Fortune brings smiles to the faces of Soweto children

16 June 2005 - Children from Soweto, Alexandra and Braamfontein had a unique Youth Day this year, and celebrated by spending time with their favourite soccer star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Quinton Fortune and his wife Kim.

Also read Quinton's biography, remarks made at Jabulani School, comments made by Quinton on his visit to the Baragwanath Thuthuzela Care Centre.


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Photo competition broadens horizons for rural children in Eastern Cape

Children see cameras for the first time in their lives

May 2005 - The photo competition organised by the German Committee for UNICEF in collaboration with Fujifilm in Eastern Cape, has been going exceptionally well if the reaction of the children is the measure. Some 4,000 children from rural and urban schools have been taking photos of their daily lives.

Photo by children from Longweni


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New UNICEF Executive Director makes first official visit to South Africa

22 May 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman arrived in Johannesburg Saturday as part of an official visit to 3 southern African countries, including South Africa, Swaziland and Malawi.

The former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, assumed the leadership of UNICEF on 1 May, becoming the 5th Executive Director to lead the UN children’s agency in its 60-year history. Also read her biography.


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South Africans respond generously to UNICEF’s tsunami appeal

May 2005 - Two fundraising classical music concerts organised by students of Pretoria’s Sttep Music School and the Durban Youth Orchestra were among the highlights of unsolicited efforts by ordinary South Africans to support UNICEF's urgent tsunami relief work in Asia and Africa. 


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Yvonne Chaka Chaka graces the 2005 Africa Malaria Day in Zambia

April 2005 - Newly appointed UNICEF Regional Spokesperson Yvonne Chaka Chaka was recently in Zambia to attend the regional launch of the Africa Malaria Day on 25 April. While in Zambia, she met with the Zambian First Lady, Maureen Mwanawasa, and visited the Lazarus Project, a faith-based project that is caring for 70 former street boys.

Photos: UNICEF Zambia/John Ngoma


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Yvonne Chaka Chaka appointed UNICEF Regional Spokesperson for Malaria

South African singer to help bring international attention to the biggest killer of children in Africa

21 April 2005 - UNICEF today announced the appointment of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a well known South African singer, as Regional Spokesperson on Malaria for Eastern and Southern Africa. Ms. Chaka Chaka joins an impressive list of celebrities who continue to be associated with UNICEF’s work.


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Constitutional Court receives massive children's painting

18 March 2005 - In celebration of Human Rights Day, Monday 21 March, UNICEF together with children representing the national youth group Soul Buddyz Clubs, today officially handed over a large mural painted by club children and others to Justice Yvonne Mokgoro and the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Also read the official statement.


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