By His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament Cape Town 17 Jun 2014
By Jethro Kwenani My Father lost his father at the tender age of 12-years old and my late grandmother raised him and his siblings. Being the eldest was a lot of pressure, but he rose to the challenge. After school, he worked part-time to contribute to the household and help get his siblings through school. When I think back to when I was 12, I cannot even imagine having managed such a feat. That is just one of the reasons I call him Superman.
By Levi Mberego Life does not bless everyone with a great father. As father’s day approaches and as the memories flood back, I realise that I was blessed with a father who left an indelible mark on me. My father taught me to walk the talk and what it means to live an unwavering life.
To be faithful to South Africa and to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution in terms of their oath or affirmation of office, takes precedence above any other duty of Members of Parliament - including political party interests. As such, Members of Parliament have a primary constitutional duty, apart from their combined legislative authority, to scrutinise and oversee executive action and to provide a national forum for public consideration of issues - to ensure accountable, responsive and open government.
In a post-apartheid South Africa, poor black people still face evictions, demolitions and continue battling for land and housing. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), attempts to strengthen organising against unlawful evictions, using the powerful ‘Dear Mandela’ documentary as an entry point.
We generally have a good system at home: no matter what happens, there is always a bedtime story. Generally. But there are those days when extra murals run late, homework piles up and before you know it, time has slipped by before we have had a moment to read. As a result, I have had to sometimes get creative with my family to sneak reading into our everyday lives - even if it is just 15 minutes a day.
With a recent flood of child abuse related media coverage, the nonprofit organisation Community Keepers is using Child Protection week (1-8 June) to raise awareness about this very important topic. The protection of our children is everyone’s responsibility. Are you able to identify the signs of child abuse and would you know what to do? Community Keepers offers tips and advice on this topic. The following measures can be introduced in order to prevent sexual abuse:
The Global Health for Social Change Internship (GHSCI) is an unpaid field placement programme that offers an opportunity for students to be embedded with a local or international public health non-governmental organisation (NGO) - while experiencing total cultural immersion by living with a host family.
25 May 2014 Fellow South Africans, Ladies and gentlemen of the media, I am pleased to join you on Africa Day, as we conclude our transition to a new administration following the fifth national general elections. I announced on Saturday, 24 May 2014, that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation.
The Western Cape info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 1 200 organisations in the Western Cape involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision. Vulnerable people or families often need support in a number of areas. Our referral directory can help you solve this problem as it contains details of organisations providing services and support to vulnerable groups in all areas of the province.