South Africa

Whites Dominate Top Management in SA

According to the Commission on Employment Equity, whites still occupy 73.6 percent of top management positions in South Africa.

According to the Commission’s 11th annual report released this week, blacks make up 12.7 percent of top management, Indians 6.8 percent and coloureds 4.6 percent.

In the same vein, Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, has expressed her disappointed at the slow pace of reform at top management. "We really have to take drastic measures to deal with the situation," she explains.

Men, Women, Urged to End Patriarchy

South African Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says that changing patriarchal attitudes are one of the main gender-related problems in the country.

In a speech prepared for delivery at Women’s Month conference in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, Motlanthe called on both men and women to work in partnership to change these attitudes and practices.

Police Murder Rate Decline – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the number of murdered police officers has declined by 61.9 percent since 1994.

In a press statement, SAIRR points out that, "This is contrary to some sentiment expressed in the past week that South Africa's police officers are being murdered at an ever greater rate."

The Institute states that while every murder of a police officer is a tragedy, it is necessary to point out that considerable progress has been made in reducing the number of killings.

ANC Criticised Over Botswana Comments

The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg says that the African National Congress (ANC) is treating its youth league leniently over its threat to help bring about regime change in Botswana.

The Centre’s director, Steven Friedman, has described the Botswana comments as a major embarrassment to South Africa’s foreign policy, adding that he expected more from the ANC.

Friedman further argues that he had long believed that the ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, is under the protection of powerful politicians within the ANC.

Clinic Criticised for Forcing HIV Tests

Staff at the Ikhutseng Community Clinic in Klipgat in the North West province, are forcing patients to take HIV tests and those who refuse are denied treatment for their ailment.

It is alleged that clinic staff began using HIV tests as passports to treatment after the Department of Health launched its massive HIV counselling and testing campaign in April 2010.

NGOs Appeal Over Environmental Permit

Coal of Africa Ltd (CoAL) says it was forced to suspend some activity at its controversial Vele Colliery in South Africa after NGOs filed an appeal over an environmental permit the company received for the project.

The company says it is preparing for an appeal requesting to continue mining during the appeals process.

In a press statement, the company further states its commitment to continue working closely with the various government departments to ensure compliance with legislation.

SANEF to Meet ANC in EC

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape and the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) are expected to meet ‘to improve relations’.

ANC provincial spokesperson, Mlibo Qoboshiyana, points out that the main point for the summit is for both the ANC and the media to improve their relations in a manner that avoids the hostilities experienced before and during the election period.

TMALI to Launch Leadership Courses

The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) will launch short-term courses for students who want to become thought leaders.

In a press statement, TMALI points out that the courses will begin with an orientation week from Monday, at Senate Hall, University of South Africa, the TMALI organisation said in a statement.

The Institute further states that the courses will modules such as introduction to leadership for Africa's renewal, deconstructing the vision for Africa's renewal, and decision making and conflict management in the African context.

Competition Commission to Probe SA Media

The Competition Commission will launch an investigation into information sharing and market allocation between the major publishing groups.

Reference to this was made in the commission’s report of its detailed investigation into the planned purchase by Naspers division Media24 of the 50 percent of Natal Witness that it does not already hold.

The Commission’s manager of mergers and acquisitions, Martin van Hoven, says that he does not know how far the investigation would stretch, adding that it would start in KwaZulu-Natal and may extend to other regions of the country.

EC is South Africa’s Poorest Province

A new report by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on poverty in the Eastern Cape has revealed widespread poverty despite attempts to improve the lives of the poor.

According to the study, jointly undertaken with the Africa Strategic Research Corporation on behalf of the provincial department of social development, about 27 percent of the province’s population is unemployed.


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