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Call for the Inclusion of CSOs in Ward Committees

One approach to get more assistance to ward councilors, who have borne the brunt of the frustrations, is to offer them stipends and reshape ward committees to include civil society groups and sectors such as churches, local business and sports bodies.

This is according to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Yunus Carrim.

Carrim, delivering a public lecture hosted by the Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management and The Weekender, conceded there is a growing disconnect between government and people.

Top Lawyer Urges ICASA to Reduce Call Costs

Cellphone calls could be slashed by a massive R1 a minute almost immediately if the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) agrees with fresh legal opinion declaring that the fees can be forced down with no need for further market research.

The hefty R1, 25 a minute that operators charge to switch calls between rival networks makes SA’s calls among the highest in the world.

Johannesburg

The Johannesburg leg of the 2009 SANGONeT "ICTs for Civil Society" Conference ia being held from 15-16 October 2009 at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Conference Programme

Emergency Effort Needed to Solve Western Cape Housing Crisis

It is good news that Tokyo Sexwale and Helen Zille have decided to bury the hatchet on the petty squabbling between the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) (largely, let it be said, initiated by the ANC) over the N2 Gateway project and land allocation in the province.

The spat has hampered housing delivery in the province. We are now told “the three spheres of government are to sit around one table to decide on the future of the project.” (‘Sexwale, Zille and city to decide on N2 Gateway’, August 10).

Call for Alternative to Willing-Buyer-Willing-Seller Policy

President Jacob Zuma says his government is exploring alternative means of acquiring land following complaints about the willing-buyer-willing-seller policy preferred by the state since 1994.

“Land is linked to development in rural areas. We have recognised that, in order to move forward decisively with the land redistribution programme, significant changes have to be made to the willing-buyer-willing-seller model of land redistribution,” argues Zuma.

Improve Education to Solve SA’s Problems – Jansen

The University of the Free State vice-chancellor, Jonathan Jansen, says South Africa will be able to solve its problems only when it has sorted out its educational stumbling blocks.

Speaking at the first of a series of discussions called ‘Education Conversations’ in Bloemfontein, Jansen noted that, “If we are not going to get students from schools who understand democracy, we are not going to get the country right."

Charnley Defends SABC’s Stabilisation Plan

The interim chairwoman of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Irene Charnley, has defended her plan to stabilise the public broadcaster within the next five months.

Charnley says that the plan will not affect the SABC’s ability to meet legislated requirements.

She also hit back at allegations that the public broadcaster, which is not commissioning any new content, is in danger of falling short of its local content requirements.

Ladies First

Ladies first
is the contribution
by the male presenter
on SAFM morning radio
to our Womens Day

(bettered as only men
are able to do it
by TVs evening comic
having his last unfunny
say as men tend to want to)

Ladies first
we open doors for you
in August, Womens Month
and if you play nice
the rest of the year too

(perchance during 16 days
of activism against violence
against women and children
and even when the public

Residents Want Their Own Municipality

Residents of Malamulele, near Thohoyandou, have marched to the offices of the Thulamela local municipality to demand that the town gets its own local municipality.

Malamulele South African Civic Organisation (SANCO) chairperson, Foster Mtshabi, has been quoted as saying "We want to break away from Thulamela and have our own municipality. We have the support of the Malamulele Sunrise Committee, which was formed to ensure better service delivery in the area."

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