South Africa

Tatane’s Family Could Sue State – CASAC

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that there is a strong case for slain protester Andries Tatane's family to sue the state for compensation.
 
CASAC spokesperson, Lawson Naidoo, says the organisation will meet Tatane's family over the next two weeks to explore the options open to them.
 
The family's civil law suit was expected to be directed against Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, or National Commissioner, Bheki Cele.
 

Call to Prioritise Poverty Eradication

President Jacob Zuma says that South Africa needs to make poverty eradication a top priority.
 
In his birthday wish to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, Zuma says that, "From the moment Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela strode out of prison on the 11th of February 1990, we knew that South Africa would be a different place."
 
He says Mandela showed South Africans that despite the divisive racial oppression and hardships that the nation has gone through, it is not only possible, but necessary to embrace one another and to reconcile the South African people.

Probe Finds NGOs Failed the Hungry

A probe by the Department of Social Development in the Western Cape has found that managers of two state-funded feeding schemes took the food from the mouths of thousands of people.
 
Department spokesperson, Melany Kuhn, says that criminal complaints will be laid against Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network in Khayelitsha this week.
 

Equal Education Calls for Better Schools

The Equal Education (EE) says it will stop at nothing to get the attention of Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

About 100 members braved the Cape winter and spent a night outside Parliament, for the start of a two-night candlelight vigil to urge Motshekga to adopt her department's own school infrastructure standards, supposed to have been in place by March.

Municipality to Request Grant from DBSA

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is applying for R1.3 billion in funding from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to help it tackle major infrastructure backlogs.
 
Municipal spokesperson, Kupido Baron, is quoted by The Citizen as saying that the municipality is in the process of drawing up a business plan for funding because its budget will never be enough to deal with the backlog.
 
If the grant is approved, programmes planned include tarring of gravel roads, upgrading of major roads and refurbishment of bulk stormwater projects.
 

CASAC: Corruption Probes Create Pattern

The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC) says that the reported probes of Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, Willie Hofmeyr, is part of a pattern and create a ‘worrying picture’ about police conduct.
 
CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, points out that, "...it creates a very worrying picture of the conduct of the police. It creates a very disturbing picture about the readiness of the leadership of government to rein in the police, to respect institutions established to deal with graft."
 

Govt Delays White Paper on Climate Change

Government still determined to release the policy report before hosting the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17).  

The Department of Environmental Affairs says that although the government will miss its June-July deadline to release a white paper setting out the country’s response to climate change, it is still determined to release the policy report before hosting the conference.

NGO Uses Social Media for Mandela Day

For the first time, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is using social media to spread awareness about the Nelson Mandela Day celebrated on 18 July.

NMF information and communications manager, Sello Hatang, states that, “The first two years of Mandela Day, the foundation was not officially on any social media platforms.”

Content Producers Struggle Due to Woes at SABC

The Independent Producers Organisation says that the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) failure to implement a speedy turnaround is having a serious effect on local content producers.

The organisation, which estimates that R600 million has again not been spent on productions in 2010, produce 70-80 percent of the content of SABC’s local content.  

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