South Africa

State Accused of Delaying Demarcation Case

Residents of Moutse in Limpopo are angry that government has delayed the finalisation of their demarcation case.

An affidavit filed by Moutse residents in the Constitutional Court sets out how the state has delayed the finalisation of its demarcation case since 2008.

The residents in the once cross-boundary municipality between Mpumalanga and Limpopo will once again, as in the 2009 elections, face the choice of voting or not voting in a municipality of which they do not consider themselves a part.

The Alternative Information and Development Centre Statement on the 2011/12 Budget

The 2011/12 budget tabled this afternoon by Minister Pravin Gordhan represents continuity in Government’s approach to economic policy to economic development. Great emphasis is placed on “macro-economic stability”, fiscal prudence and monetary policy directed to keeping inflation within the three to six percent band. Yet, these orthodoxies of economic policy is precisely what has hampered an effective response to the tremendous socio-economic challenges confronting our society and contradict the idea that South Africa has entered a New Growth Path.

Sash Welcomes Bold Budget

The Black Sash applauds Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for his candid acknowledgement of the depth and breadth of poverty and inequality in South Africa; and for prioritising the development and welfare of our people over a single-minded pursuit of fiscal discipline. Despite the recessionary climate, this bold budget intensifies government spending on many of our urgent social needs, bringing us closer to realising the Constitutional promise of social protection for all. 

Government Announce Plan to Accommodate NSFAS

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan has announced that all government departments are required to effect unprecedented spending cuts of 0.3 percent, amounting to R6 billion, to accommodate additional funding for the National Student Finance Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

However, the minister says he will be relying on the cooperation from his colleagues in Cabinet and also from departmental accounting officers to make this a reality.

ANC Job Creation Targets Unrealistic – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the African National Congress’ (ANC) job creation targets are unrealistic as many of the sectors earmarked for creating employment have been shedding jobs for years.
 
The organisation says that ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, identified ‘mining output and beneficiation’ as a sector in which 140 000 jobs will be created by 2020.
 

South Africa to Ease Entry for Foreigners

The Department of Home Affairs wants it to be easier for foreigners to work, study and travel in South Africa.
 
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she hope to cut red tape in the country’s permit regime, while at the same time stepping up controls designed to keep criminals out of the country.

Dlamini-Zuma says the new system would allow for longer permits for foreign workers and students, so that they no longer had to renew their documents every year.
 

NGOs Welcome HCT Campaign at Schools

HIV/AIDS awareness organisations have welcomed the Department of Basic Education’s announcement that it will introduce HIV/AIDS Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign to schools. However, the organisations have also added that protecting the human rights of pupils in schools is essential.
 
Education department spokesperson, Granville Whittle, says the department will be handling the matter cautiously, following concerns raised in media reports about the safety of pupils.
 

Children Misrepresented in the Media

Children are ‘sick and tired’ of being portrayed negatively in the media and have urged the Press Council of South Africa to make amendments to its regulatory system.
 
Children from Park Senior Primary School, Johannesburg, one of the schools working with Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) as part of its Children’s Media Monitoring Project (CMMP), are of the view that the media focus on ‘bad’ stories and never published the ‘good’ ones.

Call for Govt Departments to Reveal Equity Plans

Government departments came under fire as the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) forced them to reveal their employment equality plans in Johannesburg.
 
Speaking at the hearings at Constitution Hill to establish what companies are doing to fast-track gender transformation in the workplace, CGE commissioner, Mfanozelwe Shozi, pointed out that, "Percentages tend to be very confusing at times.”
 

NDA Call for Different Ways of Alleviate Poverty

The chairperson of the National Development Agency (NDA), Malose Kekana, has called for different ways to alleviate poverty in the country.
 
Speaking at the appointment of the new NDA board in Johannesburg, Kekana pointed out that the one thing that the NDA has to do is to tap into those initiatives and leverage the little money that it has in order to reach more people.
 

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