South Africa

CHR: Gender Equality

The University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights (CHR) is conducting a course on Gender Equality from 7-11 September 2009 in Pretoria.

The latest developments with regard to gender equality and the implications thereof for the women of Africa are examined in this course.

Issues dealt with are:

MISA Welcomes Rejection of Film and Publication Bill

Press Release
 
30 January 2009

The South Africa Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA Chapter) welcomes President Motlanthe’s decision to not sign the Film & Publications Amendment Bill, citing that sections of the Bill are unconstitutional. Although Parliament passed the contentious Amendment Bill and the President has returned the matter back to legislature for further discussions.

Land Reform in South Africa: A Status Report 2008

Land Reform in South Africa: A Status Report 2008 looks at the state of land reform over the period 2005 to early 2008, with a particular focus on land redistribution. This is appropriate for a number of reasons. In the context of extreme inequality in landholding, particularly in a country with a relatively high rural population, the redistribution of land assets must be seen as a central element of a land reform programme and a key indicator of success.

Wage and Non-wage Settlement Trends in the South African Labour Market

Wage and non-wage Settlement Trends in the South African Labour Market” is a report that takes a look at wage trends in formal non agricultural industries. The report looks at wage agreements and gives an analysis of wage trends and agreements in South Africa. It also takes into account issues that impact on workers in the workplace, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, skills training, labour brokers and Variation of conditions of employment.

SAHRC Launches Human Rights Journal

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched its first journal, described as a barometer of human rights post-apartheid.

The Human Rights Journal  is aimed at reviewing the impact of human rights practices in the country with the advent of democracy.

The journal includes a review of last year’s electricity crisis, HIVand  AIDS, equality and national security. Emphasis is placed on how these issues affect the poor.

TAC Criticises MEC Over ARV Shortage in the Free State

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has expressed concern over shortages of antiretrovirals and other medicines in the Free State.

TAC spokesperson Andrew Warlick, called on Free State health MEC Sakhiwo Belot to "do his duty as an MEC" and to respond to TAC letters asking what actions would be taken to rectify the situation.

TAC general-secretary, Vuyiseka Dubula, wrote to Belot in December 2008 asking for clarity on a range of issues relating to the Free State's "critical and life threatening shortages of antiretroviral drugs."

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