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Illegal Sand Mining in South Africa

Uncontrolled and often illegal sand mining activities are destroying some of South Africa’s most valuable natural resources at an unprecedented rate.

Sand mining is the extraction of surface sand from beaches and inland dunes, or the dredging of sand from riverbeds. The sand is typically sold to the construction industry, for the production of materials such as tiles, cement bricks and other sand aggregates.

Make Your Mark in 2015 by Supporting a Good Cause!

Support Corruption Watch by pledging to not engage in corruption, or by reporting corruption if you encounter it. Citizen activism organisation Lead SA constantly encourages South Africans to stand up and become leaders, for the sake of their families, communities and country. An act of leadership, says the organisation, could be “as simple as making a stranger smile or as big as fighting to further the rights entrenched in our Constitution. Each act makes a difference.”

Malawi: Inequalities Weigh Heavy on Women's Shoulders

By Wezi Nyirongo

As countries take stock of efforts aimed at ending gender violence (GBV) during the Sixteen Days of Activism, a close up on Malawi shows that this country has a long way to go to eradicate the GBV, gender inequality and other social inequalities what weigh heavy on women's shoulders. Despite Malawi's Domestic Violence Act and legislation on sexual harassment, gender violence persists due to lack of implementation, missing legislation and contradictory laws that negatively impact on women's rights.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa: World AIDS Day 2014

Programme Director,

Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,

Acting Premier of Free State,

Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

MECs and Mayors,

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang and Representatives of development partner organisations,

SANAC Deputy Chairperson, Mmapaseka Letsike,

Ladies and gentlemen,
 
We gather here on World AIDS Day to reaffirm our determination to work together to overcome this global epidemic.

We remind ourselves of the devastating effect that AIDS has had on communities and societies.

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I Call Him ‘Superman’

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.
 

Dad, My Great Teacher

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.

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