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African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

ANC Criticises DA Over HRW Report

The African National Congress (ANC) accuses the Democratic Alliance led provincial government of the Western Cape for failing the exploited wine farms workers, following a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

The report ‘Ripe with Abuse: Human Rights Conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries’, which revealed that the farm workers are exploited, abused and underpaid by their employers in that province.

ANC provincial leader, Marius Fransman, states that the national government needs to intervene the province’s wine and fruit industry.

ANC Narrows Definition, Scope of Secrecy Bill

The African National Congress (ANC) has made good on a promise to drastically restrict the application of the protection of information bill, and also proposed narrowing the grounds for classifying information.

Constitutional law expert, Pierre de Vos, cautiously welcomed both the narrower definition of national security and the limited application of the legislation.

SA Donate 600 Tons of Supplies for Somalia

Aid group Gift of the Givers says that South Africans have donated another 600 tons of supplies to famine victims in Somalia.

The organisation spokesperson, James Russell Lowell, points out that the organisation has arranged to ship out the donated supplies via a new route this week, via Mombassa to Mogadishu.

He also described South Africans as living attributes of compassion, mercy, kindness and humanity.

NGO Welcomes SA’s Freeze on Fracking

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has welcomed South Africa's extended freeze on shale gas prospecting, saying more investigation is needed on the controversial process.

Head of WWF South Africa’s Living Planet Unit, Saliem Fakir, has described the decision as “…important and welcome example of leadership from government."

Fakir warns that it is critical that SA considers shale gas with caution and carefully evaluate what is happening elsewhere in the world so that it can learn from these experiences.

CDE Supports Govt’s Proposed Wage Subsidy

South African think-tank, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has thrown its weight behind National Treasury’s proposed wage subsidies for the youth.

CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, points out that her organisation supports the government in implementing the new wage subsidy, adding that, “In an imperfect world we would say it would be a tragedy if this modest experiment were to be abandoned.”

Media Must Continue Regulating Itself

The Press Council of South Africa says the print media should continue to regulate itself while beefing up its oversight bodies and codes.

The Council points out that it has endorsed the system of media self-regulation and has proposed sweeping changes to the South African Press Code and the functioning of the office of the press ombudsman.

It was releasing a task team's report on its functioning and that of the office of the press ombudsman's after a year-long probe.

Call for Economic Freedom in South Africa

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says South Africans cannot claim to be free when they are only enjoying freedom to vote, but not freedom from poverty or the freedom to educate their children and extend effective health services to their families.

Speaking during the 10th Annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture, Montlanthe also stressed the need to grow the economy to address the basic needs of the people.

The deputy president’s comments are a stark reminder of the gallant fighter who would have been a strong opponent of abuse of power and neglect basic human needs.

Only Courts May Review Decisions — Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela complains that attorneys advising organs of state against implementing her remedial action have become ‘superimposed as review panels’ of her decisions.

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders, which included provincial government leaders, local government authorities and civil society in Polokwane, Madonsela, stated that her office is only subject to the constitution and the law.

She emphasised that state legal advisers have no authority to tell the government not to implement remedial action.

CHR Surprised at Mogoeng’s Nomination

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at the University of Pretoria is ‘seriously’ questioning President Jacob Zuma's nomination of Constitutional Court Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng to be the new chief justice.

In a press statement, CHR argues that compared to his predecessors in the post-1994 era - chief justices Arthur Chaskalson, Pius Langa, and Sandile Ngcobo, whose appointments reflected their considerable academic and intellectual stature established by illustrious careers prior to or as members of the court, the basis for Justice Mogoeng's nomination is ‘startlingly unclear’.


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