South Africa

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.

Matric Results Won’t Be Published this Year

The Basic Education Department will announce that matric results will not be published in newspapers and on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) call line, after media houses missed the deadline to apply for rights to publish.

The department's spokesperson, Panyaza Lesufi, says they will be meeting with the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) to break the news.

Deportations of Migrants Set to Resume - NGO

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates that 1.5 million Zimbabwean migrants are living in South Africa, but only 275 000 Zimbabweans have applied to be regularised by the 31 December 2010 deadline.

IOM chief of mission in Zimbabwe, Vincent Houver, has been quoted as saying that, “All we know for now is that immigration authorities from both countries (South Africa and Zimbabwe) have met to discuss the modalities under which forced removals may resume.”

NSFAS to Refund Overcharged Students

About 34 000 students who have been overcharged interest on study loans by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in previous years are to be refunded.

This was revealed by Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande, during the announcement of the outcomes of the turnaround strategy implemented to address challenges experienced by the NSFAS.

Nzimande says when the NSFAS recalculated every student loan in its books, it confirmed that it had overcharged interest on some student loans in previous years.

Transformed NSFAS to Benefit Students

The Higher Education and Training Department and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) board have recommitted to ensuring full compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements in order to receive clean audits in future.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says the department and NSFAS board are jointly committed to achieving the rest of its turnaround goals.


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