African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

Joe Slovo Foundation to be Launched

The family of late struggle icon Joe Slovo has announced the establishment of the Joe Slovo Foundation, an initiative aimed at helping the government to deal with the housing backlog and improve access to education.

According to Martin Dolny, Slovo’s brother-in-law and the foundation’s fundraiser, the foundation will give priority for supporting the expansion of housing cooperatives to expedite the housing delivery, as well as legal and professional services.

CCEDU Launches Elections SMS Platform

NGOs, under the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), have launched a short messaging service (SMS) platform to receive complaints regarding the ongoing elections.

Godwin Byaruhanga, an official from CCEDU, says the campaign will involve appealing to the public to vote candidates basing on their ability to address social issues and not those who give them freebies.

NGOs Call on Mubarak to Dissolve Parliament

Three Egyptian NGOs have called President Hosny Mubarak, to dissolve the newly- elected parliament because of ‘alleged election fraud’.

The Independent Coalition for Elections' Observation released video footage of what it says was bribery, ballot cards being forged and violence at different polling stations across the country.

One of the videos, taken by members of the NGOs, purports to show a 12-year-old boy casting a ballot, while another shows a five-year- old who was allegedly shot in his feet near a polling station in southern Egypt.

Govt’s Proposed Electricity Mix Criticised

The government’s integrated resource plan (IRP) for this year has been heavily criticised, largely by civil society, which say it would be disastrous for the economy and the environment.

A number of NGOs and community groups, which participated in the Department of Energy public hearings recently, called on the state to scrap the plan and to start the process again.

POWA: Sexual Cases Unreported in SA

People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) says it is concerned about the large number of sexual offences that go unreported in South Africa.

POWA executive director, Nonhlanhla Mokwena, points out that while the decrease in the number of sexual offences is encouraging, optimism over the figure must be balanced against the knowledge that some women do not report that they have been raped.

Mokwena states that, "There are a huge number of women who are not going to police stations to report cases because they do not have trust in the justice system."

NGO Highlights SA’s Social Challenges

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) says that poverty, unemployment and inequality continue to hamper the South Africa’s development as a caring, just and interdependent society.

CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, argues that while the country has managed to built schools, hospitals and clinics, it has not been able to direct the resources to these institutions to enable them to function properly and deliver a quality service to the people.

Rights Groups Warn Against New Zim Elections

Church and human rights groups in Zimbabwe have warned against new elections saying the situation in the country is ‘highly volatile, uncertain and tense’ after a bloody presidential run-off election two years ago.

In a press statement, the group, which include the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, the Christian Alliance and the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, state that, "The polarised environment does not favour the holding of elections as violence would most likely erupt."

TAC and SECTION27: The ANC should Not Be Scared of Independent Campaigns Against Corruption and for Service Delivery, Human Rights and Public Accountability

Statement by the TAC and SECTION27, co-hosts of the Labour/Civil Society conference

The Civil Society Conference held on 27-28 October 2010 will hopefully come to be seen as a historic turning point in South Africa. It may mark the revival of co-ordinated community based activism that aims to achieve social justice and better the lives of the poor in South Africa. It was attended by more than 50 independent organisations that believe in social justice and that fight for it every day.


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