South Africa

Call for CSOs to Report Service Delivery Failures

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has called on civil society to report service delivery failures as well as improper conduct by organs of state.

Speaking at the launch of the social justice NGO Khanya College's Setsi sa Mosadi in Johannesburg, Madonsela emphasises that her office does not only focus on matters involving high ranking government officials.

Zuma: ‘Whoonga’ Does Not Contain ARVs

President Jacob Zuma says experts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal have found that the dangerous recreational drug ‘Whoonga’ is not made of crushed antiretroviral drugs (ARV) mixed with other drugs.

Speaking at the first day of the two day 2nd Biennial Summit on substance abuse in Durban, Zuma states instead, the drug contains heroin mixed with rat poison and other chemicals.

Activists March Over Corrective Rape

About 25 rights activists from Luleki Sizwe, a small group of lesbian activists in the townships of Cape Town, have marched outside Parliament against rapes targeting lesbians in South Africa.

Speaking during the demonstration, which happened at the time when their leaders were meeting with government representatives, one of the demonstrators, Eugene Brockman, said they want the government to label corrective rape as a hate crime.

South Africa Continues to Lead the Way in Fair Trade Tourism

South Africa today affirmed its position as the leading Fair Trade travel destination in the world at an exclusive launch event in Berlin. From today, Fair Trade Travel packages to South Africa will be available to book in Germany. All components of SKR Reisen’s Südafrikas Gardenroute – Fair & Fine (tour operator/s, activities and accommodation) as well as all contractual relationships in the value chain have been audited against Fair Trade Travel standards.

NGO to Send Rescue Team to Japan

Rescue South Africa says a South African rescue team will leave for Japan to help with relief efforts following a 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's east coast.

Rescue South Africa spokesperson, Ian Scher, says the organisation has put a team of a maximum of 50 people to go to the quake-hit north-eastern part of Japan where a tsunami struck the coast of Miyagi prefecture.

IEC Approves Electoral Timetable

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has approved and gazetted the electoral timetable in Pretoria.

The timetable details the electoral process for the countdown to May 18, is legally binding on all participants in the elections.
In the same, IEC chief executive, Pansy Tlakula, says voters living in the eight metropolitan councils will get two ballot papers.

Tlakula says voters will vote for the ward candidate of their choice and the second vote would be for the party.

46664 to Launch Clothing Range

The nonprofit organisation, 46664, plans to launch a global clothing brand to raise funds and promote former president Nelson Mandela’s humanitarian legacy.

Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO and 46664 board member, Achmat Dangor, states that, “46664 needs reliable and sustainable income streams, something we believe the 46664 Apparel can significantly contribute to.”

Dangor says the NGO could no longer depend on philanthropy to fund both awareness-raising and projects like Nelson Mandela Day.

Entrepreneur Donates Portion of Lotto Winnings

An entrepreneur who won a R22.4 million Powerball jackpot is donating R1 million of his winnings to a community in the Eastern Cape.
 
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, points out that, “I am so thankful for this. If I can give to people, especially people of my community, I will be the happiest person.”
 
Gidani spokesperson, Thembi Tulwana, says that the 57-year old father of six, who benefitted from a charity when he was a child, is eager for the money to reach the beneficiaries as soon as possible.
 

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