4 successful land reform elements and the 'wolf at the door' for SA farmers

29 November 2018

Of the 64 countries globally which have embarked on land reform, 17 had restitution programmes in place and only 11 have claimed to be successful, says Dr Theo de Jager, president of the World Farmers Association.

"Our research shows that there are four elements the countries with successful land reform had in common. This should be a guideline for SA as well," De Jager said at the African Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Cheryl Carolus to testify at Zondo commission

29 November 2018 

Former SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus is expected to testify at the commission of inquiry into state capture chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Thursday.

Advocate Paul Pretorius, who confirmed the former ANC deputy secretary general as the next witness, estimated that her testimony would only take "one day".

During her testimony Carolus will most likely touch on the South Africa to Mumbai route matter mentioned during former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan's submission.

Could R100 a month be enough to keep South Africa’s young women HIV free?

29 November 2018 

In a world hemmed by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.

I recently visited an informal settlement in the heart of Nairobi and met a group of adolescent girls. They spoke to me candidly about their lives in the context of high rates of HIV, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence. 

As I was talking about violence, they stopped me. 

Landmark moment for children’s rights in South Africa

28 November 2018

The Constitutional Court will this week consider the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in the home. The court prohibited beatings in detention settings in 1995 and in schools in 2000.

At present, the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement” allows parents to hit their children as a form of discipline. The central question before the court on November 29 is whether this practice violates children’s rights.

SA women in technology growing across borders and boundaries

In July 2016, I attended my first Microsoft WPC event in Toronto, Canada, even though this was not a typical event for an HR person to attend. During my pre-event schedule preparations, I came across the Women in Technology (WIT) group, and signed up immediately for the lunch and various talks by WIT members, says Lauren Clark, Head of People, Mint Management Technologies.

The jobs in South Africa most at risk of total digital automation

With 35% of all jobs in South Africa – almost 5.7 million – currently at risk of total digital automation within a mere seven years, the country could see a crippling effect compounded by a fragile economy and growing unemployment. 

This is according to Dr Roze Phillips, Post Graduate Diploma in Futures Studies alumnus from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and MD for Accenture Consulting in Africa, who says that the country needs to act now to ensure that humans and machines can work together in the future.

Concerns raised around increase in municipalities adopting unfunded budgets

17 November 2018

Parliament's Select Committee on Appropriations (SeCOA) has expressed serious concerns over the increase in municipalities that adopted unfunded budgets for the 2018/2019 financial year.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the SeCOA said that 113 municipalities adopted unfunded budgets in the 2018/2019 financial year, compared to 83 in the previous year.

Ramaphosa's cabinet reshuffle

22 November 2018 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce changes to the National Executive at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, at 15:00 on Thursday.

In a statement issued on Thursday morning the Presidency said "these changes have been occasioned by the passing away in September 2018 of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, and the more recent resignation of the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba".

Gigaba resignation 

High Court rules in favour of Xolobeni community in historic mining rights cas

22 November 2018

The minister of mineral resources will have to obtain full and formal consent from the Xolobeni community prior to granting mining rights, the Pretoria High Court ordered on Thursday.

The Amadiba Crisis Committee launched a court battle against the department of mineral resources and Australian company Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources (TEM) over mining rights earlier this year.

Auditor General gets more teeth to fight financial irregularities at public entities

21 November 2018 

The office of the Auditor General of South Africa will soon be able to hold government officials responsible for financial irregularities accountable.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Public Audit Amendment Act, which was published in the government gazette for public consultation on Tuesday. The act was assented to on November 18 and signed by Ramaphosa on Tuesday.


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