- One in Nine Campaign members have cautioned women not to enter the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, warning them that the building is unsafe because it is where President, Jacob Zuma, was found not guilty of raping a an HIV-positive woman four years ago.
The campaign, established in 2006 at the start of the Zuma rape trial, organised a picket outside the high court as a sign of solidarity with Khwezi (Zuma’s rape accuser), and other women who have reported rape.
After song and dance, the female protesters marched on to Kruis Street, where they hung a banner from the Colman Chamber building, reading: ‘Four years later, Zuma is president, Khwezi is in exile, where is the justice?’
To read the article titled, “One in Nine Campaign marches in support of Khwezi,” click here.Source:Mail&Guardian
- As many as 300 Zimbabweans are arriving in South Africa a day to apply for asylum at Musina in Limpopo, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
MSF head of mission, Mickael le Paih, points out that many of the migrants are too poor to afford a passport which costs as much as R1 100 to acquire, adding that they then have to attempt to cross the border illegally.
Le Paih points out that, while the Department of Home Affairs promised a year ago create a special dispensation permit to ease the process for migrants crossing the border.
To read the article titled, “MSF: 300 Zimbabweans seek asylum in SA each day,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
- According to MTN South Africa Foundation, access to healthcare is of critical importance to the development of the community.
The head of MTN SA Foundation, Eunice Maluleke, points out that, “Good health, dependable infrastructure, quality education and opportunities for entrepreneurship is all necessary for individuals, families and ultimately, the stability of the entire community.”
As part of this objective, the Foundation has offered the Fort Beaufort community in Eastern Cape an opportunity to screen for lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and HIV, conducted in partnership with the local clinic, hospital and NGOs.
To read the article titled, MTN brings health services to Fort Beaufort community,” click here.Source:My Broadband
- The world's media eyes will soon squarely focus on South Africa, with millions from across the globe tuning in via multimillion-dollar broadcasts. Yet, even as the international media and big broadcasters move in, and journalists descend from all over the world, in South Africa, like much of Africa, community radio is still a key source of information and news for many communities, linking local activities and issues with international perspectives.
While other news media, especially print, struggle to keep audiences, community radio listenership in South Africa is continuously rising. According to the South African Advertising Research Foundation, community radio is improving its weekly reach, rising from 7.340 million listeners to 7.713 million between February and May this year alone.
One of the contributing factors cited is the increasing listenership among youth and women. Perhaps it is because, although we live in an increasingly globalised world, audiences still crave community issues and information relevant to their everyday lives.
Community radio is often more likely than mainstream media to include voices form community-based sources, and women sources. For example, monitoring of community media by Gender Links during the April 2009 elections showed that women constituted 34 percent of news sources, compared to 20 percent in monitoring of the mainstream media conducted by Media Monitoring Africa over the same period.
In celebration of 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, Gender Links, South Africa's National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), and the Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET) conducted a debate to tackle the convergence of these issues - community media, gender, and the upcoming World Cup 2010.
According to NCRF director Frankilin Huizies, while community stations may not have the much sought after and very expensive broadcast rights, there's many creative ways to make sure local listeners get in on the World Cup action. "How can we take advantage of the World Cup?" Huizies challenged the audience comprising mostly of community broadcasters. "Stations can do live broadcasts form unofficial fan parks, cover other activities around the tournament, and even teach their communities to speak the greetings of the incoming visitors," suggested Huizies.
Brenda Leonard of Bush Radio echoed these thoughts, explaining that Bush's strong commitment to gender equality and ensuring the participation of women means they often get the interesting stories that everyone else misses. For example, an all woman work force was responsible for installing the stadiums beautiful and complex glass ceiling, a story that Bush sought out to cover.
Human trafficking and possible dangers to children during the event has been a serious source of concern for the government and parents. Even before the advent of the Cup. Bush has a strategy in place to deal with such emergencies. "We have a policy that if anyone goes missing, at any time, any programme is immediately stopped and that information goes out on air," explained Leanord. "The first four hours are the most crucial, so the information is urgent."
According to Leonard, community radio's job is also to tackle the big issues, what's gone wrong. She explained that one of the stories Bush has followed closely is the displacement of informal traders, often resulting from strict FIFA by-laws about where business can take place in and around stadiums. "All the traders are gone," she said. "We need to talk about where they are now."
One such trader is Cecilia Dube, who was part of the crew of women that provided refreshments for workers during the construction at Soccer City outside of Johannesburg. Dube is frustrated with media, recalling many interviews that did nothing to stop the forcible removal of her and her colleagues from spaces they occupied for four years.
For Dube, the displacement is bad enough, but adding insult to injury is the lack of recognition of the vital role such traders played. "I may not have touched a brick on that stadium," she says, "but I helped to build it. Without me and other traders, those workers would have had to travel far for food, and the job would not have been done." She wonders why all of the advertisements and television programmes have missed talking about the contribution of such women.
Dube remembers sadly that she was ‘one of the people who jumped sky high’ at the announcement of South Africa as host. She puzzles at why the traders are suddenly deemed ‘unsightly’ and unwanted by the government. "They forget that many doctors and lawyers were raised on the earnings of such traders," she points out. "Many traders are women who are the only breadwinners in the family, and losing their income means not food or clothes for their children," she pointed out.
Dube says the traders, or as she prefers, small business operators, are most disappointed because many thought the World Cup would mean the much needed capital to become formalised. "Provide us with an office and capital and we'll show you how informal we are," she challenged.
According to Nomasonto Magwaza, Programme Coordinator at ESSET, the displacement has not yet ended. "We have heard that traders from Bree Mall have now been told to leave. On 21 Mach, traders were forcibly removed from Park Stations," she said. "Yet renovations slated to begin 1 May have not yet stated, and traders are asking why?"
This kind of displacement has not received widespread coverage in the media, and there is a certain reticence to ‘spoiling the party’ yet as those present at the debate discussed, it is important to highlight the good stories, while pointing out what needs to be done differently for any future events, anywhere on the continent.
As Kubi Rama, Deputy Director of Gender Links pointed out, "It is the voices of the Cecilia Dube's across the country that we need to hear." She recalled the recent incident where security barred a female Sowetan photographer Vathiswa Ruselo from entering a section of Orlando Stadium, stating that "You are a woman. Women have their places and that is where you belong." Rama questions, "What does this mean for coverage of the World Cup?"
For community radio, the need to cover these stories leaves a gap. "Most community radio constituents are those who cannot afford tickets. These are the most important people to ensure access to coverage,” said Rama.
Even without the big broadcast rights, community radio is sure to be at the centre of the action. For the hosts of the debate there is renewed commitment to ensure that community voices, especially those of women, are among those heard during all of the World Cup festivities. They agreed that while they can't change the rules of the World Cup, they can help raise the voice of public opinion, making every voice count during World Cup and beyond.
- Deborah Walter is the Editor of the GL Opinion and Commentary Service and Director of CMFD Productions. This article is part of the GL Service that provides fresh views on everyday news. It is republished here with the permission of Gender Links.
‘Knowing Civil Society Organisations’ reflects the status of the organisations supported by the Trust after three years of the Southern Africa Trust being operational, as at the end of October 2008. The Trust intends to produce an annual status report on the portfolio of organisations it supports.
Future evaluation and impact reports produced by the Trust will use this information and analysis to track progress on these indicators against baseline indicators measured by the Trust when it started operations. The information and analysis contained in this report will also be used to assess any changes during the year through the annual status report.
To download the report, click here.
- ‘Seeds of Plenty’ looks at the factors constraining the productivity of smallholder farmers to achieve food security for poor households and communities, as a contribution to poverty eradication in southern Africa. This policy brief examines the characteristics of the region in terms of poverty, the state of food security in the region, and current factors that limit smallholder farmers’ capacity to produce more food in a sustainable way.
For more information, click here.
- The government is looking into a shares scheme for black farmers with the aim of reaching land reform targets and replacing the willing buyer/willing seller principle.
In terms of this scheme, commercial farmers will have to hand over up to about 40 percent of their farm's value to black shareholders.
Minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, says that this new plan may be included in a revised black empowerment charter for the agricultural sector.
To read the article titled, “Land reform share scheme mooted,” click here.Source:News24
- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the FIFA World Cup could see an increase in child labour linked to the ‘economic bonanza’ that will accompany it.
UNICEF child labour specialist, Aida Girma, points out that, “There is little experience in organising major international sporting events in settings where the number of poor and vulnerable children is so high.”
Girma states that, “Criminal syndicates may thrive during such events and target children in order to fulfil the perceived increase in demand for prostitution and drugs which the event is expected to bring.”
To read the article titled, “UNICEF: World Cup could increase child labour,” click here.
- Press Release
11 May 2010
Two years ago today, xenophobic violence swept through South Africa, shocking the nation and the world. Now, a month from the opening match of the World Cup, threats are mounting of further mass xenophobic violence once the event is over.
Violence against foreign nationals has not stopped since May 2008. At least 10 incidents have occurred in 2010 already in places such as Siyathemba, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Orange Farm and, most recently, on 3rd and 4th May, in Sasolburg, where large crowds looted foreign owned shops. One shop owner who was looted had lost three previous shops in other towns, also through xenophobic violence.
Most concerning are widespread reports by foreign nationals around the country that they are being threatened with violence after the World Cup. These threats are coming from many different people: neighbours, colleagues, taxi drivers, passers-by on the street, but also from nurses, social workers and police officers. Worrying too, is that some of those making the threats believe that they have the support of senior political leaders. Whilst for now these threats are mainly verbal, taking them seriously and initiating strong and immediate preventative action by government and other institutions is the only way to ensure that actual violence is avoided.
A group of refugee women living in central Johannesburg recently related their experiences and fears to CoRMSA. Each had a story of being threatened with violence after the World Cup. A number of NGOs have also received reports from their clients that people are threatening xenophobic violence on a similar scale to 2008 after the World Cup. One woman went to a local clinic for her baby to be immunised and was told by the nurse to ‘go back to your country. After June there will be no more foreigners in this country. You will all die’. Many such xenophobic threats go unreported.
CoRMSA member organisations are working with police and other government officials in efforts to prevent future violence. To this end, CoRMSA calls for the following:
- All members of the public to report any threats of xenophobic violence to Police, the
- South African Human Rights Commission, government leaders and local NGOs.
- Senior government, political and religious leaders to speak out publically against xenophobia, condemn each case of xenophobic violence, and maintain discipline within their institutions so that individuals threatening violence are identified and held to account.
- Government departments to publicise their complaints reporting mechanisms so that officials who threaten violence against foreign nationals can be held accountable.
- Police and justice officials to hold those who commit or threaten violence accountable.
- Xenophobic violence does not just affect foreign nationals in South Africa. Violence will devastate the good image South Africa has built up around the World Cup. Violence is also unlikely to just target foreign nationals, as many of those killed in May 2008 were South African citizens. It is the responsibility of all to take action now to ensure that no further xenophobic violence takes place.
On threats of violence in the country:
- Duncan Breen, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa – 011 403 7561 or 0722 000 383
- Tara Polzer, Forced Migration Studies Programme – 083 379 5295
- Johanna Kirstner, Sophiatown Community Psychological Services – 083 561 5011
Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) www.cormsa.org.zaDate published:11/05/2010Organisation:Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa
- Around the world developing countries are increasingly recognising the value of social transfer programmes in reducing extreme poverty and enabling countries to cope with economic shocks - with success stories in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The Economic Policy Research Institute, together with the Institute for Development Studies (Sussex), Maastricht University and the University of Cape Town, is offering a two-week course on the design and implementation of social transfer programmes.
The course will be presented from 8-21 August 2010 in Cape Town and is aimed at government officials, donor agency representatives and others involved in national protection initiatives.
Enquiries: Amilinda Nagel, Course Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, click here.Event start date:08/08/2010Event end date:21/08/2010Event venue:Cape TownEvent type:Training