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Multichoice Criticised Over Porn Channel

Solidarity Helping Hand, a NGO affiliated to mine workers union Solidarity, has come out against Multichoice's decision to test the viability of a pornography channel.

In response to Multichoice’s decision, Solidarity Helping Hands, launched a campaign urging South Africans to vote against the proposal and by sending in an email.

In a press statement, the organisation’s executive director, Danie Langer, says the channel could lead to an increase in child molestation.

OUT Launches ‘Know Your Status Day’

OUT LGBT Well-being, a gay health rights organisation, has initiated a campaign ‘Know your status Day’, which it hopes will effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Prism HIV and STI nurse at OUT LGBT Well-being’s Elmie Munday points out that the aim of ‘Know Your Status Day’ is to increase the need for people to go for regular HIV testing.

Use Research to Fight Corruption – NGO

The African Anti-corruption and Drug Research Initiative in Uganda says there says there is a need to carry out necessary research into corruption as one way of fighting it.

African Anti-corruption and Drug Research Initiative, executive director, Aggrey Kwikiriza, argues that lack of well-researched data and proper methods of tackling the problems based on detailed facts made it easy for corrupt officials escape justice.

South Africa Joins IRENA

South Africa has become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which aims to promote the use of renewable energy worldwide.

The energy department says Minister Dipuo Peters signed the necessary paperwork in Abu Dhabi to become a member of the agency.

In a press statement, Peters states that, "[This] will enable us to work with other countries to accelerate the introduction of renewable energy and to confront our vexing energy challenges.”

KZN School Gets Zero Percent Pass Rate

The KwaZulu-Natal school which received a zero percent matric pass rate has had no principal since 2000 and has only six teachers -- three of whom were temporary, an education union said on Wednesday.

Zuzanawe High School in northern KwaZulu-Natal was one of the province’s four schools to receive a zero percent matric pass rate during the 2009 examinations.

Xenophobic Violence on the Horizon

The fears come after Atteridgeville residents attacked two Somali spaza shops on Monday night.

The attacks occurred after security workers, contracted by the Tshwane Metro Council, tore down 550 shacks at Itireleng settlement, next to Laudium, on Monday.

The shacks were demolished after the landowners, Pretoria Portland Cement, obtained a court order in December to have the land invaders evicted.

SABC Board Behind New Boss

SABC board members have scorned weekend reports suggesting there is a rift between the new board and the ­public broadcaster’s new chief executive, Solly Mokoetle.

According to a Sunday Times report the new board is set to challenge Mokoetle’s appointment by the SABC’s interim board.

The Sunday Times quoted anonymous board members saying they would act on the Gobodo findings, allegedly that Mokoetle had failed in his corporate governance duties.

Call to Participate in the Electricity Hearings

The Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, has urged all South Africans to participate in the public hearings on electricity utility Eskom's proposed tariff increase.

Peters says the hearings, held by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), provide a platform for the public to register their concerns about the proposed increase.

In a press statement, Peters asked all South Africans, even those who could not attend NERSA hearings, to make their voices heard.

Call to Decriminalise Prostitution

Sex workers' advocates have called for the decriminalisation of prostitution in South Africa as a preventive measure to contain the spread of HIV during this year's World Cup.

Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce, director, Eric Harper, says that a rise in demand for prostitution during the World Cup could be a ‘recipe for disaster’, as researchers have estimated that almost half of female sex workers in Johannesburg alone have HIV.

International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and the Ellis Trust, the International Centre for Information Technology and Development is convening this international conference on the theme ‘ICT for Development - Contributions of the South’. The conference will bring together a mix of practitioners and academics working in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development to explore Africa's contribution to the global ICT for development discourse and efforts.

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