South Africa

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The Basic Education Department will announce that matric results will not be published in newspapers and on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) call line, after media houses missed the deadline to apply for rights to publish.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

Sasol Must Quit South Africa's COP17 Delegation

Following on from last month's march against Eskom, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will be holding a demonstration at Sasol's Headquarters in Rosebank (1 Sturdee Avenue) on Wednesday, 12 October at 11h00. Sasol continues to be on South Africa's official negotiating team for COP17 and we are extremely disappointed in both Sasol and the Department of Environmental Affairs for continuing this blatant conflict of interest.

Dept Employs 728 Graduates in One Year

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture says that more than 700 jobless youths have been hired this year to work as agricultural assistant officers.

The department spokesperson, Ncumisa Mafunda, points out that these graduates have diplomas and degrees in agriculture and environmental services.

Mafunda says that, “We have created 728 jobs for the unemployed youth this year to work as agricultural extension officers."

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