South Africa

Land Reform Green Paper Tabled

The draft green paper on land reform released by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, proposes a single reconfigured four-tier system of land reform.

The minister says that the green paper will ensure that all South Africans, particularly rural black people, have reasonable access to land with secure rights to fulfil their basic needs for housing and productive livelihoods.

Madonsela Warns SA Over Corruption

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says the cancer of corruption, appropriately referred to as a crime against the poor, is eating public resources at the speed of lightning.

Addressing a conference of the Institute of Municipal Personnel Practitioners of Southern Africa last week, Madonsela stated that if the stories she had heard during the recent road show themed, ‘The Public Protector Dialogues with the Nation’, are proven to be true, "...then as a nation we are in trouble".

NPO Learns Its ABCDs

Asset based community development training is set to revolutionise the way local not-for-profit Organisations, Siyazisiza Trust and Khumbulani Craft, will engage with the rural communities they have assisted over the past 24 (Siyazisiza) and 12 years (Khumbulani).

The organisations address poverty in the rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga through the promotion of food security, small enterprise development and the design, production, marketing and sale of traditional and contemporary craft.

Govt Taking HIV Fight to the Farms

Limpopo Health and Social Development MEC, Dikeledi Magadzi, says she is committed to intensifying the war on HIV and AIDS on farms in the province.

The fight against the disease was in the spotlight since Magadzi was expected to be joined by Deputy Minister of Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, to extend the HIV counselling and testing campaign to farming communities over the weekend.

The two were expected to visit ZZ2 farms near Mooketsi to talk to farmworkers about the importance of knowing their status.

ANC Regime Equal to Apartheid – WikiLeaks

The African National Congress (ANC) is seen as slipping away from democratic practices reminiscent of the regime it fought to overthrow, especially in its handling of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), according to a United States diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. .
It says the ANC, which led South Africa out of apartheid had by 2010, slipped into anti-democratic practices reminiscent of the regime it fought to overthrow.

Community Radio Faces Closure

Bush Radio, one of South Africa's oldest community radio stations, might be forced to stop broadcasting due to severe financial problems.
The station’s management have launched an appeal for funds to make up R300 000 in shortfalls, saying the station is ‘teetering on the brink of closure’.

HIV Infections Outpace Prevention – Motlanthe

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says that the rate of new HIV infections continues to outpace prevention efforts.
Replying to questions in the National Council of Provinces, Motlanthe, told members there are now an estimated 5.38 million people with HIV in South Africa.
He says this translates into a HIV prevalence of 10.6 percent for the overall population, and 16.6 percent for the 15 to 29 year age group.

SAHRC: Sexwale’s Comments Not Hate Speech

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that comments made by Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, did not constitute hate speech, but were insensitive.
Rights commissioner, Sandi Baai, says that while the comments did not impinge on constitutionally-enshrined human rights, "Those holding public office should think before they make statements".
Baai says the SAHRC had considered whether Sexwale should apologise, but found there were insufficient grounds for this.

Moutse Demarcation Case Dismissed

The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by residents of Moutse, who challenged two laws that relocated parts of their municipality from the Mpumalanga to Limpopo.

The matter involving Moutse, once a cross-border municipality straddling the Limpopo-Mpumalanga border, is the last of the cases where the Constitutional Court has had to decide on the constitutionality of the legislation on cross-border municipalities and the question of public participation.


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