South Africa

Joe Slovo Foundation to be Launched

The family of late struggle icon Joe Slovo has announced the establishment of the Joe Slovo Foundation, an initiative aimed at helping the government to deal with the housing backlog and improve access to education.

According to Martin Dolny, Slovo’s brother-in-law and the foundation’s fundraiser, the foundation will give priority for supporting the expansion of housing cooperatives to expedite the housing delivery, as well as legal and professional services.

Zimbabweans Still Waiting for Passports - PASSOP

An estimated 100 000 Zimbabweans still need passports to enable them to receive permits to stay in South Africa, according to People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP).

PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, points out that, “"As we were monitoring centres towards the end of the deadline we found people lacked Zimbabwean passports and documents."

PASSOP estimated that about 100 000 of the 250 000 Zimbabweans who applied for permits during the recent Zimbabwean Dispensation Project were still waiting for them.

SANEF Protests the Arrest of Journos

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has added its voice to those condemning police for arresting two journalists while they were carrying out normal reporting duties.

In a press statement, SANEF points out that, "Even more alarming was the police confiscation of the journalists' cellphones and other equipment which was handed back only after the intervention of a lawyer."

Parliament to Fill SABC Vacancies – Kholwane

Parliament is moving ahead to fill the four vacancies on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) board, with its communications committee due to meet next week to draw up a shortlist of candidates.

Communications committee chairperson, Eric Kholwane, states that should another member resigns in the interim, the board could be left without the necessary quorum to take decisions.

Four Days Left for Zim Immigrants to Register

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents. In a press statement, home affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, points out that, "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet."

Zuma Urges South Africans to Fight Poverty

President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to stand up and fight poverty.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the Day of Goodwill at Mpendle in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, Zuma urged communities to form themselves into the groups and be part of government's poverty alleviation programmes.

The president called on people to stand up and cultivate the land, adding that funds are available to help organised groups who want to start projects to uplift themselves.

SANEF Shocked at Zuma’s Zapiro Lawsuit

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) says it is shocked by President Jacob Zuma's decision to sue Avusa Media for R5 million for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon.

SANEF says it is surprising that the president waited more than two years before instituting his complaint on the grounds that in one instance he had been humiliated and degraded by the cartoon and in another instance that his reputation had been damaged.

Telkom Criticised Over ‘Whistle-Blower’ Policy

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has expressed concern about the effect that the suspension of two Communication Workers Union shop stewards linked to the release of the Telkom dossier, might have on employees thinking about exposing corruption.

FXI executive director, Ayesha Kajee, points out that, "The public needs to be able to access information that is pertinent to the procedural conduct of a company such as Telkom."


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