South Africa

Acid Water Threatens Mining in Six Provinces

The Chamber of Mines has warned that if acid mine drainage is not treated to remove the salts from the water, mining activities in six provinces could be affected.

In its document, Chamber of Mines, states that at the moment, desalination is not part of the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority’s short-term plan to rectify the Witwatersrand’s acid mine drainage problem.

UNICEF Urges Mothers to Breastfeed

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that child malnutrition would decrease by 25 percent if babies were fed only breast milk in the first six months.

Speaking at the launch of Save the Children’s report, ‘A life free of hunger: Tackling Child Nutrition’, UNICEF nutrition specialist, Chantell Witten, said that about 70 percent of babies are being fed solids at two months old.

NGO Urges the World to Tackle Malnutrition

Save the Children has warned that half-a-billion children will be stunted over the next 15 years, if child malnutrition is tackled head-on.

Save the Children’s regional health and HIV advisor, David Sanders, points out that, “The rising of food prices is the main cause of malnutrition.”

Sanders maintains that the government must prioritise nutrition and outline the clear lines of responsibility.

NGO Slams ‘Secrecy Bill’ Hearings

The Right2Know Campaign has slammed this week’s public hearings on the controversial Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill).

The Campaign’s national coordinator, Murray Hunter, argues that the hearings in Gauteng were ‘deeply flawed and a highly partisan ‘public consultation’ process’.

Hunter rebuked African National Congress (ANC) chief whip in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Nosipho Ntwanambi, who chaired the Sharpeville hearings, saying she had been ‘biased and bullying’.

Company Repay Govt Over Sub-Standard RDPs

Prominent Limpopo businessman, Tom Boya, says that ‘all is in order’ to repay R125 000 a month to the provincial government after his company built sub-standard RDP houses.

His company, which is no longer appearing on the list of restricted companies issued by the National Treasury, agreed to pay R1.5 million to the provincial department of local government and housing to clear its name.

The department's spokesperson, Dieketseng Diale, points out that, “The department has thus far recovered R750 000 from Legae Consortium.

March Against Harassment at Taxi Ranks

The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, is expected to join the African National Congress Women’s League-led community education and awareness march against attacks on females wearing miniskirts today in Johannesburg.

The march, which starts from Bree Street taxi rank and end at the Noord Street taxi rank, will culminate in the handing over of a memorandum of grievances to the equality court in the Johannesburg High Court, Pritchard Street.

People Urged to Register for Grants

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced that all of South Africa's 15.3 million social grants recipients will have to register afresh with the government social grant agency, in a bid to curb fraud.

This announcement comes as SASSA recently awarded a R10 billion contract to a new service provider, which will disburse the grant to the beneficiaries.

New MXit CEO Lays Out Strategy

Social networking site, Mxit, plans to focus on its core competencies, and open the platform to third parties to develop content for its users.

In his first briefing with the media since buying Mxit, chief executive officer, Alan Knott-Craig jnr, says that the company will focus on communication, payments and content.

According to Knott-Craig, the company, which has over 50 million registered users and about 35 000 new registrations daily, points “We create the platform, and let people make money. We'll just stick to what we're good at."

SA Environment Deteriorates – Study

South Africa's natural environment has, over the past 20 years, deteriorated nearly the fastest of most countries in the world, according to a report in the Beeld newspaper.

This is the finding of a group of scientists at the universities of Yale and Columbia, in the United States, who measured the state of the environment in 132 countries, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

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