South Africa

SA Lacks Few Good Teachers: CDE

A new study by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has found that a shortage of good teachers, particularly in maths and science, is at the root of South Africa's underperforming education system.

CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, says that, "For example, there is a shortage of maths teachers, yet many qualified maths teachers are not teaching maths - despite being willing to do so."

PLAAS Criticises DA Over Land Reform

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has criticised the Democratic Alliance’s suggestion that the green paper on land reform is unconstitutional.

PLAAS senior researcher, Dr Ruth Hall, points out that, "Nothing in the green paper suggests the need for a constitutional amendment."

The organisation argues that the green paper provides almost no guidance on any of the crucial questions facing land and agrarian reform in South Africa, adding that it is ‘insubstantial and vague’.

NGO Calls for End to Rhino Poaching

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that South Africa and Asia must work in unison to scare rhino poachers with strict legislation.

WWF African rhino programme manager, Joseph Okori, points out that, “Putting powerful kingpins behind bars for 10 or 20 years will send a strong message to others not to engage in criminal behaviour."

In the same vein, leader of the WWF and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, Jacques Flamand, is of the view that education is needed to prove rhino horn had no medicinal value.

15th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum Conference

The Free State Province, in conjunction with the Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) and the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA), is hosting the 15th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) Conference at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) from 26-28 September 2011 in Bloemfontein.

The Theme of the conference is 'Human Resource Development at the Centre of Service Delivery: Unleashing the Cheetah'.

ANC Will Change the Constitution if Need Be – Minister

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, says the African National Congress will change the constitution if it proves to be a hindrance to land reform.

Nkwinti argues that, "The Constitution has to help the community to advance. If advancement gets stalled then the Constitution has to be changed."

Nkwinti says that discussions around land reform and restitution needed to be re-opened, adding that the focus of government policy after 1994 was on reconciliation rather than equality and fixing the wrongs of the apartheid era.

Govt Has No Stats on Migrants - Maunye

The Department of Home Affairs says it has no statistics on foreigners in the country either legally or illegally.

Briefing the National Assembly's home affairs committee on the Zimbabwean documentation project, the committee chairperson, Maggie Maunye, pointed out that it will help establish how many Zimbabweans are in the country legally and illegally.

Maunye states that the project should be expanded to other foreign nationals, as some foreign nationals claim to be asylum seekers when they should be economic migrants.

Pressure on Secrecy Bill Working: Press Club

The National Press Club says that the delay of Parliament's vote on the Protection of State Information Bill proves that pressure on the government is working.

In a press statement, the club chairperson, Yusuf Abramjee, points out that, "We remain of the view that the Bill is unconstitutional. All clauses that infringe on our rights need to be withdrawn."

Abramjee states that the club will continue to express its views on this issue and work with related organisations against the Bill in its current form possibly being tabled in the future.

Secrecy Bill Put on Hold

The Right2Know campaign says that despite the African National Congress' (ANC) last-minute postponement of Parliament's vote on the Protection of Information Bill, it does not mean that the fight to stop the legislation had been won.

The Right2Know campaign marched with hundreds of supporters to Parliament to protest against the implementation of the controversial 'Secrecy Bill’, ahead of a planned debate this week.

Zuma Wants Judiciary Out of the Way: SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that President Jacob Zuma wants to make sure the judiciary ‘doesn't get in his way’ or ‘scrutinise him too deeply’.

SAIRR chief executive, John Kane-Berman, said in a speech in Cape Town that a number of commentators had professed themselves ‘baffled’ and ‘in some cases stunned’ by Zuma's failure to appoint Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, as Chief Justice.


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