- The National Assembly has endorsed the four new nominees for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board amid protest from opposition parties who accuse the African National Congress (ANC) of politicising the process.
The four are: Safcol senior executive Sethe Makesha; businessman John Danana; advocate and business consultant Cawekazi Mahlati; and Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO, Lumko Mtimde.
Congress of the People says the four new board members were handpicked to please ANC leaders, while the Freedom Front Plus accused the ruling party of trying to tighten control over the broadcaster ahead of the May local government elections.
To read the article titled, “SABC board nominees endorsed,” click here.Source:News24
- A campaign aimed at encouraging voluntary HIV/AIDS testing among first-year students kicked-off at the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
Branded ‘First Things First’, the campaign is spearheaded by Innovative Medicine of South Africa in collaboration with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and hopes to test more than 35 000 students at all the country's 16 universities.
SANAC spokesperson, Junaid Seedat, described first-year students as future leaders, saying that voluntary testing will give them guidance in taking correct decisions. Seedat said that although the campaign focuses on first-year students, it forms part of the government's objective to encourage more than 15 million South Africans to get tested this year.
To read the article titled, “HIV testing at varsities begins,” click here.Source:Sowetan
- The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says more than 600 000 people visited voting stations on the first day of the final voter registration weekend.
IEC deputy chief electoral officer, Mosotho Moepya, says people visited the stations to either register as new voters, re-register if they had changed addresses or to inspect their details on the voters' roll.
Moepya states that the IEC website has recorded a total of 39 117 hits on the same day, while the SMS facility received 58 983 messages and the call centre received more than 12 800 calls from the public enquiring about their registration status.
To read the article titled, “IEC gives thumbs up to final voter registration weekend,” click here.Source:Sowetan
- The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has appointed, Dumisani Kumalo, as its new chief executive officer.
The foundation says that Kumalo has vast experience in popular mobilisation and multilateral diplomacy, adding that, "He enjoys high standing among an extensive network of opinion-makers in Africa and elsewhere in the world.”
It says Kumalo has extensive knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing the African continent.
Kumalo recently retired from the international relations and cooperation department after more than 14 years of service in government, including a decade as South Africa's representative to the United Nations in New York.
To read the article titled, “Kumalo named CEO of Thabo Mbeki Foundation,” click here.Source:Times Live
- According to a survey by TNS Research Surveys, violence over service delivery is ‘almost a certainty’ with more than 51 percent of metropolitan residents unhappy.
TNS Research Surveys director, Neil Higgs, points out that this figure is high and indicates that violence over a lack of service delivery is almost a certainty.
Higgs argues that, “There is no change compared with the figure of 52 percent recorded in February 2010 and means that local government has effectively achieved nothing during 2009 in terms of improving people's perceptions of their service delivery.”
To read the article titled, “Service delivery violence almost certain: survey,” click here.Source:Times Live
- HIV-911, a programme of the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has released the HIV-911 Gauteng Directory of HIV and AIDS-Related Service Providers.
The directory has been developed so as to assist HIV-related service providers to network with each other and to identify collaborators and partners.
Most important, the directory is designed to help service providers to more easily locate and recommend supplementary support services for their clients.
For more about HIV-911, refer to: www.hiv911.org.za/0860-HIV-911/latest-news.Source:HIV-911
Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, has announced that the local government elections will take place on 18 May 2011.
Addressing the National Council of Provinces, Motlanthe, who is acting president while President, Jacob Zuma, is abroad, said the term of municipal councils will end soon.
In addition, Motlanthe has called upon all South Africans to make full use of the last voter registration weekend of 5-6 March 2011, set by the IEC to ensure that their names appear correctly on the voters roll.
To read the article titled, “Municipal election date set,” click here.Source:News24
- The European Union (EU) has criticised South Africa’s preparations to host the United Nations (UN) climate change conference, taking place in Durban in November.
Judith Sargentini, a Dutch former anti-apartheid activist now responsible for fostering SA-EU bilateral relations, says South Africa has neither the capacity nor the strategy to secure a deal on climate change as hosts of the UN conference.
Sargentini says that there is no strategy in place by Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, to show that the country have the capacity to rally all the countries to agree to an acceptable document.
She was in the country last month as part of an EU parliamentary delegation to assess preparations for the conference.
To read the article titled, “SA’s ability to secure climate deal queried,” click here.Source:Business Day
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has complained it is underfunded, despite forking out R100 million to host its controversial World Youth Festival.
NYDA CEO, Steven Ngubeni, states that it is not the agency’s fault that the government and funders such as the National Lottery had been willing to fund the festival.
Ngubeni says the government has turned down the NYDA’s request to increase its budget to R1 billion a year, required for the agency to fulfil its mandate of uplifting and creating job opportunities for South Africa’s youth.
To read the article titled, “Youth agency seeks cash despite R100m outlay,” click here.Source:Business Day
- The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says a statement by government spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi, that coloured people are ‘over-concentrated’ in the Western Cape, is effectively endorsed in the Employment Equity Amendment Bill of 2010 recently unveiled by the Department of Labour.
SAIRR head of special research, Anthea Jeffery, points out that employers with significant numbers of coloured employees will thus face the dilemma of needing to reduce their coloured staff on the one hand, while wanting to avoid penalties for unfair dismissals on the other.
Jeffery states that the Bill also introduces harsher fines: up to two percent of turnover for an initial failure to make reasonable progress towards national demographics, rising to a maximum of 10 percent of turnover for a fifth such contravention within three years.
To read the article titled, “New legislation to force Coloureds out of W Cape: SAIRR,” click here.Source:Times Live