South Africa has been identified as a major human-trafficking destination for victims from within the country, the region and beyond, yet there is no legislation that specifically criminalises human trafficking and protects victims.

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Zimbabwe joins the rest of Africa today in celebrating the Day of the African Child. The celebrations are being held under the theme: "All together for urgent actions in favour of street children."

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Orphans and vulnerable children in 10 of Zimbabwe's poorest districts will start benefiting from a government scheme to help them go to school, have enough to eat and access medical care.

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Education Minister David Coltart has revealed that each child in Zimbabwe has been allocated just under US$2 per month in the budget towards their education. Coltart made the shocking revelation on Tuesday during an Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) roundtable discussion.

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Almost 60% of children living in communal and commercial farms in Zimbabwe are being exploited as cheap labour, a non-governmental organisation has claimed.

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Government has crafted a framework to be applied by all registered children's homes for the care and protection of children in their custody.

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About 14 000 out of the 47 000 children born to HIV positive mothers in Zimbabwe this year will be infected because of gaps in the health delivery system, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Henry Madzorera has said.

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Childline is a non-profit making non-governmental organisation, established with the support of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare for the purpose of providing children with a 24-hour toll-free crisis line.

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At Pretoria-based Tshwane Home of Hope, the jubilant young faces of the girls who live there hide the truth of the horrors they have encountered. On the premises is a trauma centre - aptly dubbed by one of the residents as "the hope sanctuary" - here the girls meet with a resident social worker and psychologist to share their stories, stories that will never leave the four walls of the room.

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A five-country study by the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT) in partnership with the Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal did just that, and the picture that has emerged is more complex than many prevention programmes targeting youth have allowed for.

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