South Africa

South Africa

  • Over 20 Million Eligible to Vote – IEC

    The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has reported that the number of South Africa citizens who will be able to participate in the upcoming local government elections has reached 23.1 million.

    IEC chairperson, Brigalia Bam, has expressed happiness with the turnout of people during the registration weekend on 5 and 6 February, but can only hope for more increase on the upcoming registration weekend in March.

    The IEC further says that KwaZulu-Natal had the majority of new registrations, with 134 807 out of a national total of 534 016 of new registrations.

    To read the article titled, “23.1 million eligible voters,” click here.
  • Call to Educate Kids on Dangers of Internet Child Porn

    The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has called on schools to teach cyber safety to school children, as part of its Back to School campaign against child pornography.

    FPB CEO, Yoliswa Makhasi argues that, “The Internet and social media networks play a key role in the way young people communicate.” However, Makhasi maintains that due to their immediacy and anonymity, they offer fantastic opportunities for self-expression, which can also be perilous.

    “That’s why, more than ever before, we need to encourage parents and other care-givers to play an active role in children’s digital lives. We believe that by including cyber safety in the curriculum, our children will be given the skills they need to avoid the perils of the Internet,” she explains.

    To read the article titled, “Educate kids on dangers of Internet child porn,” click here
    Times Times
  • SA Editors Urge Citizens to Support Free Press

    South African editors are still opposing the African National Congress’ (ANC) proposed media appeals tribunal, the Protection of Information Bill and the Secrecy Act, which are currently before parliament.

    Noseweek editor, Martin Welz, is of the view that there has been some informed public reaction, adding that the hesitancy of the government to establish a media appeals tribunal is a result of ‘foreign pressure’.

    Meanwhile, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa commissioner, Robin Sewlal, maintains that the civil society needs to participate in the debate. Sewlal further says the important thing to bear in mind that it is difficult to have what he calls ‘informed society’ if certain information is classified.

    To read the article titled, “Editors urge public to back free press.” Click here.
    Times Live
  • IFP Breakaway Party Unlikely to Succeed – Idasa

    Political analysts predict that the newly formed National Freedom Party (NFP) is likely to fail in the upcoming local government elections unless it has a very good cash flow.

    Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa) political analyst, Judith February, points out that the emergence of these splinter groups only serves to confuse the electorate.

    University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Professor Nompilo Sithole, is of the view that, “Splinter groups were often the result of disgruntled personalities who left parties because of apparent marginalisation.”

    To read the article titled, “NFP ‘unlikely to succeed’,” click here.
    Independent Online
  • NGO Wants Election Date Interdict

    Preddy Mothopeng, who is filing the papers on behalf of Hola Bona Renaissance (HBR) Foundation, says that boundaries determining municipalities were suspended in 2008 and were supposed to remain suspended until after 2011.

    Mothopeng argues that if an area is demarcated after the election, people may no longer be represented by the candidate they chose.

    To read the article titled, “NGO wants election date interdict,” click here.
  • PASSOP Criticises Zimbabwe Over Passports

    Refugee rights group, People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), has accused the Zimbabwean government of robbing its citizens in South Africa, where more than a 100 nationals are still waiting for passports.

    The organisation states that Zimbabweans who have applied for permits to remain in South Africa legally are still waiting for their government to issue them passports so they can get the permits.

    The organisation is also criticising the Zimbabwean authorities for failing to rollout the documents as promised, shunning meetings with civil society to explain the delay.

    To read the article titled, “PASSOP says Zim 'robbing' citizens in South Africa,” click here.
    All Africa
  • Dlamini: Funds for Flood Victims Drying Up

    The Department of Social Development says millions of rand is needed for flood relief as provinces are running ‘dry’.

    Social development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says more than R20 million have been used so far and based on figures contained in a preliminary report, another R20 million was needed.

    Dlamini says at least five thousand families affected by floods are still in need of assistance, adding that, “More and more provinces are sending in their requests.”

    To read the article titled, “Funds for flood victims ‘drying up’,” click here.

    Independent Online
  • HIV Infection Bonus for Whoonga Addicts

    Project Whoonga, a community organisation aimed at educating youths in KwaDabeka and Clermont near Durban about the dangers of drugs, says the widespread use of Whoonga has led to a ‘dramatic’ increase in crime in the Clermont Township.

    Project Whoonga’s Vumani Gwala, points out that, “To the addicts it’s a matter of life and death to get the drug [Whoonga]. It does not matter how they get it.”

    Meanwhile, South Africa National Council on Alcoholism and Drugs’ Carol du Toit, says there had been a steady increase in whoonga use in the past six months. Du Toit further says that although Stocrin had been widely used in whoonga in the past two years, it now appears heroin is fast becoming the more popular choice.

    To read the article titled, “HIV infection 'bonus' for whoonga addicts,” click here.


  • 400 000 Register to Vote, Says IEC

    The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says at least 400 000 people have registered to vote on the first voter registration weekend held ahead of the 2011 local government elections.

    IEC chairperson, Brigalia Bam, says that that the total figures from the voter registration weekend will be available this week, adding that she expects the figures to increase.

    Bam, who praised IEC staff, including a number in remote Eastern Cape areas who were forced to sleep at a voting station after roads became impassable, urges all South Africans of voting age to check their voter registration status.

    To read the article titled, “400 000 register to vote,” click here.
    Times Live
  • SANEF Condemns Police Attacks on Photographers

    The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is calling on the police authorities to act on police officers who assault and illegally arrest journalists.

    SANEF media freedom committee deputy chairperson, Raymond Louw, condemns an incident in which police attacked photographers while they were carrying out their duties in Bloemfontein and Pretoria respectively.

    In the same vein, the Professional Journalist Association, points out that, “It is unacceptable that the incident happened within months of discussions with the police on the issue of police obstructing journalists in performing their duties.”

    To read the article titled, “Police attacks on media condemned: SANEF calls for cops to be charged,” click here.


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