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Centre for Civil Society to Close: Register Your Objection to UKZN Decision

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has announced the closure of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) as of 31 December 2008.

According to CCS Director, Prof Patrick Bond, he and his staff were summoned to a meeting on 30 July 2008 and advised the centre was being permanently closed at the end of the year. All CCS staff contracts, besides Bond's, would be terminated, with CCS’s "good" projects moved to the School for Development Studies at UKZN.

SADC - Press Zimbabwe to End Abuses

The 19-page report, "'They Beat Me like a Dog': Political Persecution of Opposition Activists and Supporters in Zimbabwe," describes ongoing abuses, including killings, beatings and arbitrary arrests, by ZANU-PF and its allies against MDC members of parliament, activists and supporters before and after the June 27 presidential runoff election.

Yearbook of Statistics

Yearbook of Statistics – Telecommunication Services (Chronological Time Series 1997-2006) is a publication of statistical indicators relating to the development of telecommunications/ICT worldwide is one of the primary functions of International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The 1997-2006 edition of the ITU Yearbook of Statistics (previously referred to as the "Yearbook of Public Telecommunication Statistics" or the "ITU Statistical Yearbook") will be the 34th edition.

Taking the Lead

Taking the Lead: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories is a booklet tells the stories of seven people who participated in the Institute for Democracy in South Africa’s (IDASA) Citizen Leadership for Democratic Governance training programme in 2003. The booklet contains articles that are remarkable for the strong sense of hope and democratic energy they convey.

Fighting to Remain in Gauteng: Community Rights vs Citizens Rights

More than 5 000 residents from Khutsong Township in the Merafong Municipality marched to the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters, Luthuli House, on 6 June 2008, to protest against government’s plan to incorporate them into the North West province.

Marching under the umbrella of the Merafong Demarcation Forum (MDF), the protesters asked the new ANC leadership to intervene in their fight against being incorporated into the North West.

Local Democracy in Action

Local Democracy in Action: A Civil Society Perspective on Local Governance in South Africa is the culmination of eighteen months of research by the members of the network. The project has sought to produce a civil society-based assessment of the key challenges, debates and areas of progress with regard to local governance and development in South Africa, and to provide local government policy-makers and practitioners with practical recommendations to improve policy, guidelines, systems and interventions where necessary.

Civil society reviews local government

While more South Africans than ever before have access to basic services like water and sanitation, most people perceive local government to be in crisis, with many municipalities incapable of managing finances, delivering basic services and complying with legislation.

Even so, over the last 10 years, local government legislation has become entrenched with ordinary people participating directly in their own governance. The success of two local government elections has also marked the consolidation of formal political democracy at local level.

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