South Africa

ConCourt Ruling Victory for Media Freedom: SANEF

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has described the Constitutional Court upholding the Citizen newspaper's appeal in a defamation case by former Ekurhuleni metro police head, Robert McBride, as a victory for freedom of expression and the media.

In a press statement, SANEF, which supported the Citizen's appeal as a friend of the court (amicus), believes that the finding will aid newspapers in their battle against defamation claims and strengthen the principles of freedom of expression and freedom of the media.

NGOs Call for Fairer Mine Law Overhaul

Environmental and rights groups says that separate and unequal environmental rules for mines are ‘no longer defensible’.
The organisations have complained that they are being sidelined from early efforts to overhaul mining laws.

The 13 groups, including Lawyers for Human Rights, WWF South Africa and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, says the existing rules gave inadequate time to assess the environmental impacts of mines and imposed penalties that are so low as to be no disincentive whatsoever for mining companies.

Call to Provide Information on Mandela Photographs

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is appealing to the public to assist it in finding missing information to accompany many photographs it has in its collection.

The Centre will be publishing many of these photos on the Nelson Mandela Foundation website in the coming months, asking the public to complete the information by commenting in its gallery.

When providing the information, the public should provide names of un-identified people in the photographs, name the photographer, the date and the location, and who the copyright holder is.

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Nurses Critical Part of Health Sector: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on South African nurses not to allow the huge work load to dampen their commitment and passion for the profession.

WHO representative for South Africa, Stella Anyangwe, says while the world body understands the challenges, it is important to remember that nurses are a critical part of the health sector.

“The WHO pledges to provide the technical and normative guidance and support that will be needed to reconstruct and revitalise the nursing profession in SA,” said Anyangwe.

156 000 Fieldworkers for Census 2011

The Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has announced about 156 000 fieldworkers will be hired during a recruitment drive for the 2011 Census.

In a press statement, Stats SA, points out that, "The recruitment for fieldwork positions – 6 000 census fieldwork coordinators, 30 000 supervisors and 120 000 fieldworkers - forms part of the final preparations in undertaking the biggest census South Africa has seen."

SANEF Slams Attacks on Photographers

The South African National Editor's Forum (SANEF) has described attacks on newspaper photographers as not only illegal, but possibly part of a growing tendency among police and the public to prevent journalists from carrying out their duties.

In a press statement, SANEF says there have been a number of instances where police have tried to prevent photographers from taking pictures, taken their cameras, and on occasion roughed them up and arrested them.

NGOs Key to Job Creation – Patel

The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, says non-governmental organisations have the potential to create more than a quarter of a million new jobs in South Africa.

Speaking at the start of the Social Enterprise World Forum conference at the University of Johannesburg, Patel said NGOs in Europe have managed to increase the number of people they employ from about two million to five million people over the last 10 years.

SA Donation to Assist Libyan Refugees

South Africa has donated R2 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to assist refugees fleeing Libya.

Announcing the donation in Pretoria, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, called for a peaceful solution to the fighting in that country.

Nkoana-Mashabane also called for a stop to bombings by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces to allow an African Union delegation to visit the country in a bid to bring about a peaceful solution.

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