International

​R250m Donation a Boost for KNP

The South African National Parks has used the R250 million donated by American philanthropist and businessman, Howard G Buffet, to help boost measures to protect the Kruger National Park (KNP) from poachers.

Major general, Johan Jooste, head of the anti-poaching operations, points out that, “The park has upgraded their protection by upgrading ranger points by enabling them to operate helicopters, house the K9 dogs and the training of the rangers, making sure that their equipment is up to scratch.”

Govt Winning Fight Against Drug Addiction

The chief health officer in the Ministry of Health, Setshwano Mokgwetsinyana, says Botswana has made strides in addressing drug addiction.
 
This shows in, among others, the funding of 12 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) offering rehabilitation throughout the country.
 
Mokgwetsinyana says the NGOs are funded from the alcohol levy fund, making the revelation at the official launch of training for nationals on the fight against drug abuse held at the Masa Square Hotel in Gaborone.
 

Zim Crisis Affects Mostly Youth

Non-governmental organisation, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), says the country’s youth find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 
The organisations states that the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has affected mostly the country’s youth, who find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 

UK Stops Funding a Malawi NGO

The United Kingdom government is to stop giving money to a charity in Malawi following a British Broadcasting Corporation investigation which found it was under the control of a cult-like group.

Dapp, which runs education and health projects in the African country, has received millions of pounds in the last decade from the United Kingdom, European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

It is connected to the Teachers Group, whose leaders are wanted by Interpol over fraud allegations.

NGOs Criticised Over the Disabled

Non-governmental organisations working in Mzimba have been blamed for showing no interest to work with people with disabilities in the district.

Director for Chimwemwe Persons with Disabilities who is also chairperson of Federation of People with Disabilities in the district (FEDOMA) Francis Jere, said during a Memorandum of Understanding with Limbikira Foundation to strengthen working relationship.
 
He said most of the NGOs working in the district shun to work with people with disability for reasons best known to themselves.

NGO Condemns Police Brutality

A Botswana coalition of civil society organisations has condemned police brutality in Zimbabwe and urged President Ian Khama, the Southern African Development Community chairperson, to intervene.

In a press statement, the coalition, the Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe, is concerned about the police brutality, in response to the ongoing civil protests in Zimbabwe.

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