South Africa

SA Announces Climate Change Policy

The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has announced government's ground-breaking National Climate Change Response Policy.

Minister Edna Molewa says that like other countries, the greatest threat to South Africa's sustainable development, economic growth and quality of life hinged largely on the impacts of climate change.

Molewa says that the policy confirms that climate change "is already a measurable reality, and along with other developing countries, South Africa is especially vulnerable to its impacts."

SANEF: Another ‘Black Wednesday’ Unlikely

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) says it is unlikely that the media will ever be gagged again as they were by the apartheid regime.

Speaking at a function to commemorate 34 years since the National Party government banned black consciousness organisations and jailed journalists, SANEF chairperson, Mondli Makhanya, pointed out that, "Today we are far, far away from that time and we never want to go back."

RDPs Allocated to Legitimate Beneficiaries – Govt

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements says the RDP houses in the Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg, have been allocated to ‘bona fide’ South Africans.

In his reaction to accusations by residents of that township that foreigners are being allocated houses ahead of locals, the department spokesperson, Motsamai Motlhaolwa, points out that, “We understand the frustration of the waiting people but it does not justify using threats and inciting xenophobia.”

NGO to Benefit From IT Excellence Awards

The Papillon Foundation, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, will be the charity beneficiary of the upcoming Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) President's Awards Breakfast, to be hosted in partnership with ITWeb.

A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to the Papillon Foundation, a NGO working towards the social development of previously disadvantaged communities.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Take to the Streets, Demand End to Vicious Evictions in eMmause

This morning, Abahlali baseMjondolo(AbM) members and allies will be joining a march from Shepstone Road to Tollage Road to call for an end to all demolitions and evictions in the eMmause community. Since late 2010, hundreds of people have had their shacks destroyed by the landlord, Mahogany Ridge 2 Property Owners Association. Hundreds more have been brutally evicted. These actions by the landlord present a gross violation of people’s right to housing and safety. Today we are marching for land and housing in the cities.

Call to Create Whistle-Blowing Culture

The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) says there is a desperate need to create a culture of whistle-blowing in South Africa.

ODAC’s Alison Tilley says that, "Corruption and fraud costs South Africans in excess of R100 billion each year. It is eating at the very fabric of our society."

Tilley, whose organisation is concerned that the number of whistle-blowers is dropping, also called on the country to encourage them to keep coming forward.

SA Urged to Improve on the Ibrahim Index

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has discredited Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde's protestations of innocence.

Madonsela states that South Africa's fifth place on the Ibrahim Index is not grounds for the country to rest on its laurels.

Opening the Public Protector's Good Governance Conference in Pretoria, Madonsela also said that while South Africa had come fifth on the index, its score has only improved by a mere half a percent since 2008.

"It's a good starting point. It's not a cause to relax," she explained.

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