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Asina Loyiko: Activists unite against corporate censorship and bullying

Today, civil society organisations officially launched a new joint advocacy campaign in Cape Town known as Asina Loyiko: United Against Corporate Bullying.

The campaign comes in response to the growing number of corporations, both in South Africa and globally, who use a tactic termed “SLAPP suits” – Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation - to silence criticism and suppress public activism. These SLAPPs undermine Constitutional rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the media, and academic freedom.

Make no mistake, the ANC is in deep trouble

While the ANC was happy with the election victory, it surely could not be beside itself with joy. The 2019 national election results were the worst in the party's electoral history.  They reached the lowest level of support ever at 57.51% nationally; Its loss of support of 4,64 percentage points between 2014 and 2019 is the worst it has ever suffered; and lost 18,21 percentage points in Gauteng in the same period. 

5 controversial ANC members who are heading to Parliament

The list of canditates to be sworn into parliament include five (5) ANC members who are implicated in corruption scandals.  The following five are The Minister of Environmental Affairs – Nomvula Mokonyane; The Minister of Women in the Presidency – Bathabile Dlamini; Former Home Affairs Minister – Malusi Gigaba; Former Minister of Communications – Faith Muthambi; and Former Minister of Mineral Resources – Mosebenzi Zwane.
 

A journey continued: How Reach for Recovery and Dr Justus Apffelstaedt are supporting breast cancer patients

The former Head of the Tygerberg Breast Clinic, Doctor Justus Apffelstaedt is continuing his collaboration with one of South Africa’s oldest, national, non-profit breast cancer support groups, Reach for Recovery, to raise awareness and funds for their Ditto Project. The collaboration in 2018 achieved media coverage valued at R1.7 million and helped raise R4,351.
 

CER calls for a new Climate Change portfolio in the Presidency

The Centre for Environmental Rights has written to President Ramaphosa about his upcoming cabinet selection, asking him to give priority to the urgent need to improve environmental governance in South Africa by appointing Ministers and Deputy Ministers who are strong, forward thinking leaders, committed to reforming environmental and water governance, and addressing the global threat of climate change.

Witkoppen Centre profile

According to the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), residents of informal settlements are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Latent Tuberculosis, or TB, affects 88% of 30 to 39-year-old individuals living in these areas. Quality and efficient healthcare is a luxury that most South Africans living in townships cannot afford. Non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, situated in Fourways, Johannesburg, aims to do their part to change this.
 

GroundWork goes to court to defeat Minister’s plan to weaken air pollution standards

Environmental justice group groundWork, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), has launched High Court proceedings [1] against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and the President of South Africa to set aside government’s plan to double the amount of the harmful pollutant sulphur dioxide (SO2) polluters are allowed to emit.

Non-profits leverage technology to support under-resourced communities

What do the three different topics of fish, citizen-based social monitoring, and youth empowerment have in common? All are associated with local non-profit organisations (NPOs) that are leveraging technology in exciting ways to make a difference in under-resourced communities.
 
At the recent Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019 (Subs: 16-17 April, Johannesburg), representatives of three NPOs – ABALOBI, the Black Sash and Zlto ‒ shared information on how their IT innovations are changing lives.
 

Black Sash urges GOVT to assist poor as petrol price rises

On 1 May 2019 the petrol price goes up by 54c a litre, which means that South Africans will be paying R 4 per litre extra for petrol than in December 2018.
The Black Sash is concerned about the resulting knock-on effect on the cost of basic foods and services like transport, and the toll this will take on the poorest of the poor who are already struggling to make ends meet.  

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