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South Africa scraps Value-Added Tax on Sanitary pads
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Politics and Society South Africa scraps Value-Added Tax on Sanitary pads

An ongoing debate to stop the imposition of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on sanitary products; as this classifies them as luxury and/or non-essential goods; has ended in a victory for women. The South African government has resolved to abolish the payment of 15% Value-Added Tax on sanitary pads to “restore the dignity of our people.”

Zimbabwe becomes the second country in Africa to legalise marijuana cultivation
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe becomes the second country in Africa to legalise marijuana cultivation

In a surprising development the conservative southern African country of Zimbabwe published a licensing regime that will allow the legal cultivation of marijuana. After Lesotho it is the second African country to take the controversial step. The government of Zimbabwe says it will now issue five-year licences for the production and sell of marijuana for medical or research use.

South Africa: ANC to push for land expropriation without compensation and decriminalising sex work
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Politics and Society South Africa: ANC to push for land expropriation without compensation and decriminalising sex work

The African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa made a number of resolutions at its 54th elective conference, which include the decriminalisation of sex work and plans to push for amendments to the constitutional law to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. The resolutions have been met with mixed emotions.

U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement will hurt Africa
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Politics and Society U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement will hurt Africa

Global warming affects Africa significantly more than other regions despite the fact that the continent contributes much less to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Seven out of 10 countries in a list of countries which are threatened by climate change are in Africa. U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, has caused widespread criticism. The U.S.’s decision to pull out is despite the fact that the country is the world’s biggest polluter. The agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. 195 countries, including all 55 African countries, signed the agreement. Activists and leaders across the continent have condemned President Trump’s move, which they say will hurt Africa particularly in agriculture, the biggest source of many people’s livelihoods.