South Africa

SANEF Rejects Call to Register Journalists

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has objected to a call from MPs to have their profession legally defined in order for members to be exempted from the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Bill on the grounds that this will require registration of the media.

SANEF’s Raymond Louw argues that registering journalists opened members of the profession to the threat of being deregistered, possibly for political reasons by a censorious government.

NGO: Toll Fees Will Punish Workers

The National Consumer Forum (NCF) says the controversial new toll road fees for Gauteng, set to take effect in June, effectively punish people who drive to work.
 
In a press statement, NCF chairperson, Thami Bolani, points out that, "In effect, the new toll charges being sprung on commuters are penalising those people who faithfully report to work each day to keep our economy going.”
 

SAIRR’s Police Crime Study Misleading, Says Mthethwa

Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, says a study by the South African Institute for Race Relations on South Africa’s corrupt police is misleading.
 
In a press statement, Mthethwa points out that, "While we welcome contributions from all researchers, we believe it serves no intention when they go on misleading campaigns in order to articulate their findings."
 

The Rebellion of the Poor Comes to Grahamstown

The rebellion of the poor has been spreading from town to town, from squatter camp to squatter camp, since 2004. Last week it arrived in Grahamstown.

There is no third force, political party or communist academic behind our struggle. It is oppression at the hands of the African National Congress that has driven us into the rebellion of the poor. We are in rebellion because we are being forced to live without dignity, safety or hope.

Church to Appeal ASA Ruling on HIV/AIDS

The Christ Embassy Church, recently banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from airing its claims of faith healing, will be appealing the ruling.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), an HIV/AIDS rights organisation, took the church to the ASA over its claims that faith healing could cure tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.

According to the TAC, the church aired a ‘commercial’ on Sunday mornings on e.tv in which Pastor Chris Oyakhilome claims he can heal congregants with cancer, or HIV.

SA to Promote Various HIV Prevention Measures

Government has revitalised its programmes to promote various prevention measures including medical male circumcision, prevention of mother to child transmission and the promotion of HIV testing.

Delivering his State of the Nation Address 2011 in Cape Town, Zuma stated that the testing has been popularly taken up around the country, adding that just over five million HIV tests have been done since the launch of the testing campaign in April last year.

R800m for Immediate Relief to Assist Communities

President, Jacob Zuma, has announced that government has set aside R800 million for immediate relief to assist communities.

Speaking in Cape Town where he delivered his State of the Nation Address 2011, Zuma, pointed out that, “We will also be earmarking funding to deal with post disaster recovery and reconstruction in the years ahead.”

Zuma also thanked relief agencies, NGOs, private sector, religious organisations and communities for assisting those in need.

TV Switchover Will Create Jobs - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma, says that more jobs will be created in South Africa when the country converts its television and radio signals from the analogue platform to the more advanced digital signal which will enable quality pictures and sound.

Speaking in Cape Town where he delivered his State of the Nation Address 2011, Zuma stated that these jobs will be created in manufacturing, packaging, distribution and installation during this period.

Over 20 Million Eligible to Vote – IEC

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has reported that the number of South Africa citizens who will be able to participate in the upcoming local government elections has reached 23.1 million.

IEC chairperson, Brigalia Bam, has expressed happiness with the turnout of people during the registration weekend on 5 and 6 February, but can only hope for more increase on the upcoming registration weekend in March.

The IEC further says that KwaZulu-Natal had the majority of new registrations, with 134 807 out of a national total of 534 016 of new registrations.

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