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  • Call for Miners to Fight Retrenchments

    The Democratic Left (DLF) has urged Anglo Platinum (Amplats) workers to fight their planned retrenchment.

    The DLF spokesperson, Mazibuko Jara, points out that the DLF fully supports the decision of all Amplats workers to resist, fight and stop the retrenchments.

    Jara states that workers' representatives briefed the national steering committee of the DFL about a decision to resist the retrenchments, adding that government should use its power to ensure that no single job is lost at Amplats.

    To read the article titled, “Fight Amplats job cuts, urges body,” click here.

  • Pule Promises to Sort Out SABC Problems

    Communications Minister Dina Pule says she is working on finding solutions to the leadership problems plaguing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

    Pule says that Dr Ben Ngubane and Thami Ka Plaatjie, SABC Board chairperson and deputy respectively, have ‘blind copied her’ but written to President Jacob Zuma, adding that even though she appreciates their contribution since joining the SABC Board, she will encourage the president to release them.

    Her comments come after reports that Dr Ngubane and Ka Plaatjie, have resigned following a row over the removal of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting chief operations officer at the public broadcaster.

    To read the article titled, “Minister Dina Pule speaks out on state of affairs at SABC,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Govt to Train Magistrates on Sexual Crimes

    Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has announced that at least 200 magistrates will undergo a two-day training workshop on the Sexual Offences Act and the Child Justice Act.

    Mogoeng points out that, "The aim of the workshop is to further enhance the skills of regional court magistrates who, in their daily work as judicial officers, preside over sexual offences matters that come before their courts."

    He says the workshop, which will be conducted by the South African Judicial Education Training Institute, will feature judges, academics, constitutional, and child justice experts.

    To read the article titled, “Sex crimes: magistrates to be trained,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • MEC Says Children Do Not Have Rights

    Rights groups have reacted with outrage to the comments by the Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makapula, that children do not have any rights.

    The MEC has been quoted by the Eastern Cape’s Dispatch Online as saying no children under the age of 21 - who are still dependent on their parents for food and shelter - have any rights.

    “For you, rights come later in life when you are independent, finished studying and have your own place to stay and your own car. That is when you can start talking about rights,” he explains.

    To read the article titled, “E Cape education minister says children have no rights,” click here.

    Mail & Guardian
  • IEC Seminar Focuses on e-Voting

    The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has hosted a two-day seminar on electronic voting (e-voting) and counting technologies in Cape Town.
    IEC vice-chairperson, Terry Tselane, states that the purpose of the event was to stimulate debate on electronic voting and counting.
    "We are confident that our democracy has reached a level of maturity whereby we can have a healthy, robust discussion of the complex issues that require consideration before embarking on the journey of implementing e-voting, should we decide to do so," he explains.
    To read the article titled, “IEC looks at possibility of e-voting,” click here.

  • Makamure Highlights Struggles for Women

    According to Lucia Makamure, alliance and partnership officer at Gender Links, as women across the world celebrate Women's Day, a number of women in the Global South spend it queuing for water away from their home or scavenging for food to feed their families.

    Makamure argues that halfway across the world another woman from Kazakhstan will be walking from one village to another trying to find food that is not contaminated by radiation.

    In Madagascar or Mozambique, another mother will spend the day trying to rebuild her house recently destroyed by floods.

    To read the article titled, “Gender and climate change,” click here.

    All Africa
  • 2013 Commonwealth Day Focuses on Youth

    South Africa commemorated Commonwealth Day on 11 March 2013 by focusing on youth development issues.

    In a press statement issued by the Department of International Relations, President Jacob Zuma, said this year's theme was ‘Opportunity through Enterprise: Unlocking Potential with Innovation and Excellence’.

    Zuma added that South Africa, in collaboration with other Commonwealth members, is joining hands in intensifying the development of our young people and creating new opportunities to unlock their potential."

    To read the article titled, Youth focus of Commonwealth day - Zuma,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Motshekga in Court Over Teachers Shortage

    The Centre for Child Law (CCL) has taken Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to court over the shortage of teachers in the Eastern Cape.

    CCL director, Ann Skelton, says their urgent application arises out of the failure of the minister and the Department of Basic Education to implement a court order of 3 August 2013, which directed the appointment of educators to vacant posts and to pay educators occupying those posts."

    Skelton says that schools and their governing bodies have joined the CCL application, while the CCL will be represented by the Legal Resources Centre.

    To read the article titled, “Motshekga taken to court over EC teachers shortage,” click here.

    Mail & Guardian
  • Sexual Offences Courts for SA

    The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has announced that 58 dedicated sexual offences courts will be opened to address a rape crisis of nearly 65 000 attacks a year.

    Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, points out that the courts are set to be ‘fully functional’ by September 2013.

    The new courts will sit within existing courts and will hear all cases of sexual assault, including attacks on lesbians and gays.

    To read the article titled, “Sex crimes court necessary - Radebe,” click here.

  • Call to Dismantle Patriarchy to End Violence

    The Minister for Women, Children and People living with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, says dismantling patriarchy is key to bringing down the high levels of violence against women and girls.

    Speaking at the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York, which is grappling specifically with the issue of violence against women, Xingwana said South Africa is lobbying within the Africa group over issues that are threatening consensus on the outcome document.

    She also told those present that the South African Constitution allows women the right to choose and therefore, adding that there is no way that government can support restrictions to women's freedoms.

    To read the article titled, “Dismantling patriarchy key to end violence against women: Xingwana,” click here.

    SABC News
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