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South Africa's Black Population ROSE despite HIV/AIDS

" South Africa's population increased by 10% between 1996 and 2001 despite earlier estimates that the figure would be lower due to the HIV/Aids epidemic,
according to official census figures. The population rose to 44.8 million from 40.5 million. The results - released ahead of next year's general elections - show that the average living standards of South Africans have improved. "
"S Africa grows despite Aids"

from the BBC News

More South Africans had access to education, clean water and electricity in
2001 compared to five years earlier.

Around 70% of homes had electricity in 2001 compared with 58% in 1996.

President Thabo Mbeki says that the results show that the country was 'not
standing still'.

However, the census shows enormous disparities between racial groups.

About 30% of white South Africans had a higher education qualification,
compared to just 5% of black South Africans.

Unemployment

The population shot up despite estimates that hundreds of thousands may
have died during the period from HIV/Aids.

South Africa has the largest HIV-infected population in the world, with
around 4.8 million people believed to have the HIV virus that causes Aids.

Unemployment remained a big problem despite an average economic growth
of 2.7% over the period.

The census put unemployment at about 42% of the total number of South
Africans who are eligible for employment.

The Statistician-General, Mr Pali Lehola, says the unemployment figure could
be lower because people in the informal sector and agriculture defined
themselves as unemployed.

Undercounting

The census also found out that the number of white people in South Africa,
where the white-ruled apartheid system operated until 1994, fell to 10% from
11% five years earlier.

Many white South Africans have emigrated in recent years.

But Mr Lehola also expressed uncertainty over figures for white South
Africans because of undercounting.

White South Africans live behind high security walls and keep fierce guard
dogs that could have kept away census officials.

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caveat 11.Jul.2003 11:49

open mind

Before any of you "see-it-was-the-antiretrovirals-and-protease-inhibitors-that-saved-their-lives" types respond, note that South African President Thabo Mbeki adamantly opposed AIDS drug treatment programs for South Africans. In fact, he is one of the few African leaders willing to stand up against the pharmaceutical giants and Western governments who would otherwise force feed EVERYONE, including pregnant women and children like they're doing now in Botswana, toxic AIDS drugs.

Every epidemic disease is now renamed 'AIDS' 07.Sep.2003 19:48

Paul King

Every epidemic disease is now renamed 'AIDS' under the Bangui Definition.

Mortalities (non natural) in S.A. remain at the same 2.2% P.A. that they were BEFORE AIDS. Either every other disease in the region vanished overnight or 'AIDS' is simply the old diseases with a new name. You decide.

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In Africa, the continent supposedly being decimated by
HIV, HIV tests are rarely ever done, so there the idea
that all patients with AIDS are infected with HIV is
based entirely on supposition.

At a WHO conference in the Central African Republic in 1985, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) introduced the "Bangui Definition" of AIDS in Africa.

The CDC officials later explained, "The definition was reached by consensus, based mostly on the delegates' experience in treating AIDS patients. It has proven a useful tool in determining the
extent of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, especially in areas where no testing is available.

It's major components were prolonged fevers (for a month or more), weight loss of 10% or greater, and prolonged diarrhea..."(McCormick, 1996). Where AIDS is diagnosed clinically, large numbers of AIDS patients test negative for HIV. As no HIV testing is required in Africa we have no idea how many AIDS cases there are HIV positive (De ####, 1991; Gilks, 1991; Widy-Wirski, 1988).

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Other conditions common in underprivileged and
impoverished communities that are known to cause false
positive results are tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis and leprosy (Burke, 1993; Challakeree, 1993; Johnson, 1998; Kashala, 1994; MacKenzie,1992; Meyer, 1987). In fact, these are the primary health threats in Africa; several million cases of tuberculosis and malaria are reported in Africa each year - more than all the AIDS cases reported in Africa since 1982 (WHO, 1998)*.