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COPE Youth Oppose Leader's Suspension

Some COPE youth structures are rebelling against the decision by the party's national leadership to suspend the party's controversial youth leader, Anele Mda.

Several provinces, including Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, have written to COPE's general secretary, Charlotte Lobe, questioning the decision by the party's central working committee to suspend Mda from the leadership structures of the organisation.

Supercomputer Hits South African Shores

South Africa's newest supercomputer, a Sun Microsystems hybrid, went online in Cape Town earlier this month, providing the local and regional research community with a powerful tool for tackling problems of climate change, energy security and human health.

With a peak performance of 31-trillion calculations per second, the hybrid supercomputer is the fastest in Africa and ranks among the top 500 in the world.

Youth Still Vulnerable to Violence

The country's youth continue to be extremely vulnerable to violence and crime.

This is according to a second National Youth Victimisation study conducted by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.

More than 4 000 young people between the ages of 12 and 22 were interviewed as part of the study.

The results showed that 27% of young South Africans had fallen prey to crime between February 2007 and February 2008.

A direct link between victimisation at a young age and later becoming an offender was also identified.

AG Report, SABC to Take Legal Action

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board is considering taking criminal action against employees and former staff after a shocking report on the broadcaster by the Auditor General (AG).

The SABC's interim chairperson, Irene Charnley, says that the board agreed to immediately act on all the AG's findings on supply-chain management, human resources, and wasteful expenditure at the broadcaster.

Revitalising Public Participation

With democracy being relatively new in South Africa, local government has had to undergo much institutional reform between 1994 and 2000. A key part of this overhaul has been the requirement for democratic processes in municipal decision-making methods between elections.

Recently, government has been encouraging municipalities to have public participation units. Local government in South Africa is now required to implement forms of public participation, particularly around development planning and budgeting.

AAC Backs SAB Over Alcohol Abuse

South Africa’s Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) has congratulated SAB Miller on its stance against under-age drinking, driving while drunk and foetal alcohol syndrome.

AAC’s chairperson, Warren Whitfield, who warns that this is the only first step, says companies profiting from the sale of alcohol need to plough much greater sums into harm reduction investment as part of meaningful social responsibility and righting massive imbalances in society.

Sasol Blamed For Climate Change Crimes

Environmental organisations have staged a mock trial, asking petrochemicals group, Sasol to answer for climate change crimes.

Earthlife Africa, which led the protest, says Sasol produces 21 percent of South Africa’s total yearly greenhouse-gas emissions. The organisation argues that Sasol alone emits 75.4 million tons of greenhouse-gases each year.

Earthlife Africa energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor, states that the organisation also wants Sasol to put plans for a new plant in the Waterberg on hold.

Organisational Development and the NPO Leader: Part 1 - What is OD?

Organisational Development (OD) is the systematic practice of improving an organisation’s effectiveness. Every leader, NPO/NGO or otherwise, would love to see their organisation become more effective. OD is therefore something that all leaders need to understand and be able to get involved in. Putting OD in the domain of only HR people and consultants is a mistake that many organisations have made.

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