South Africa

TMALI to Launch Leadership Courses

The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) will launch short-term courses for students who want to become thought leaders.

In a press statement, TMALI points out that the courses will begin with an orientation week from Monday, at Senate Hall, University of South Africa, the TMALI organisation said in a statement.

The Institute further states that the courses will modules such as introduction to leadership for Africa's renewal, deconstructing the vision for Africa's renewal, and decision making and conflict management in the African context.

Competition Commission to Probe SA Media

The Competition Commission will launch an investigation into information sharing and market allocation between the major publishing groups.

Reference to this was made in the commission’s report of its detailed investigation into the planned purchase by Naspers division Media24 of the 50 percent of Natal Witness that it does not already hold.

The Commission’s manager of mergers and acquisitions, Martin van Hoven, says that he does not know how far the investigation would stretch, adding that it would start in KwaZulu-Natal and may extend to other regions of the country.

EC is South Africa’s Poorest Province

A new report by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on poverty in the Eastern Cape has revealed widespread poverty despite attempts to improve the lives of the poor.

According to the study, jointly undertaken with the Africa Strategic Research Corporation on behalf of the provincial department of social development, about 27 percent of the province’s population is unemployed.

SA Primary Education in Crisis – NGO

A shocking report released by Transparency International blames poor teacher training frequent teacher absenteeism, and a critical lack of textbooks and libraries for the country's poor quality of education.

Titled ‘Lessons Learned: Primary Education in Cameroon and South Africa’, the report also reveal that one in four children said schools are unsafe and that rape and violence are major problems.

SA’s Population Passes 50 Million Mark

The Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that South Africa's population has passed the 50 million mark.

In its latest mid-year population estimates released this week, Stats SA estimates that the country's population has now reached 50.59 million people, based on the 2001 census.

The agency further states that the figures show a net growth rate of 1.1 percent, worked out using the birth rate, immigration, emigration, and the death rate.

Over 3m Test for HIV in Gauteng

The Gauteng Department of Health says that over three million people have tested for HIV in the province’s health facilities since the launch of the HIV counselling and testing (HCT) campaign in April 2010.

The department spokesperson, Simon Zwane, points out that, "As of 30 June 2011, 301 544 people tested for HIV in both public and private health institutions."

In the same vein, Zwane says the department had allocated R1.9 billion to the HIV/AIDS programme to increase the number of people on antiretroviral treatment to 520 000 by March 2012.

Govt Warned Over Informal Settlements

The Development Action Group (DAG) says that informal settlements in the country will never be completely eradicated.

The organisation believes that upgrading informal settlements is vital as government battles with its growing housing backlog.

The comments follow Western Cape human settlement MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela’s announcement that all informal settlements in the province will be serviced with water, electricity and refuse removal by 2014.

Vodacom Slashes Broadband Prices

Mobile operator, Vodacom, has slashed its broadband standard data prices by up to 43 percent, a move that will see customers pay as little as 14c a megabyte.

Vodacom CEO, Pieter Uys, points out that, "We hope these price reductions will contribute to making the internet more affordable and give our customers an enhanced connected experience."

The company further says that in addition to the savings, all existing and new Vodacom contract customers will be given another allocation of the same size as the subscribed data bundle to use anytime between midnight and 5am.

New Broadband Packages for Cell C

Cell C is introducing new 10 gigabytes and 20 gigabytes broadband packages at rates as low as 3c/megabyte as South Africa’s broadband price war gathers in intensity.

From 1 August, the company will introduce a 10GB/month package, including a 7.2Mbit/s MyZone router or 21.6Mbit/s USB modem, for R499/month on contract for 12 months or R4 999 once-off on prepaid.

The new products come just weeks after 8ta, Telkom’s mobile operator, introduced a special offer of 10 gigabytes of data for R199/month, excluding modem.

SA Has 2.1m Housing Backlog - Sexwale

Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, says that South Africa has 12.5 million people who need shelter due to the housing backlog.

Speaking during the first day of the two-day human settlements youth summit at Durban, Sexwale points out that three million housing units have been given to mainly poor South Africans since 1994.

Human Settlements Vision 2030, said Sexwale, is aimed at creating integrated community settlements encompassing facilities and amenities like schools and hospitals.


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