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TIZ Clarifies Position on Zambia’s NGO Bill

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) says it is not opposed to the registration of NGO but to provision in the bill that seeks to coordinate and regulate CSOs.

TIZ president, Reuben Lifuka, says that NGOs countrywide recognised the need for formal registration and had as such been registered under the Company Act as well as the Societies Act.

Lifuka says most NGOs adhered to strict rules of accountability and transparency and this could be evidenced through the submission of information on their activities and how funds were applied.

AAC Backs SAB Over Alcohol Abuse

South Africa’s Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) has congratulated SAB Miller on its stance against under-age drinking, driving while drunk and foetal alcohol syndrome.

AAC’s chairperson, Warren Whitfield, who warns that this is the only first step, says companies profiting from the sale of alcohol need to plough much greater sums into harm reduction investment as part of meaningful social responsibility and righting massive imbalances in society.

The Equality Courts as a Tool for Gender Transformation

In March 2009, Sonke Gender Justice Network filed a complaint at the Equality court in Johannesburg against the ANC Youth League Leader, Julius Malema. The complaint was lodged in response to remarks he made to university students concerning Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser claiming that she likely enjoyed herself during the incident. Sonke’s Equality Court case alleges hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment of women, and is only the second high profile gender equality case to be taken to the Equality Courts since their inception in 2003 (1).

Kidnapped Aid Worker Released

A Greek employee of the Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders - MSF) the medical charity, kidnapped in eastern Chad early last month, has been released.

However, army general, Oki Daggache could not reveal all the details regarding the release.

In March, British charity Oxfam estimated that 25 attacks occur every month on NGOs operating in eastern Chad.

The violence is often blamed on bandits, and NGOs have frequently denounced the lack of adequate security.

The CSI Toolkit

The 'CSI Toolkit,' a practical ‘how-to’ guide on investing CSI funds effectively. Produced by the CSI Solutions, the toolkit is the first publication of its kind in South Africa and provides invaluable information on the process, from developing a strategy to identifying, planning, managing and exiting community development projects.

Welfare Bodies to March Against Low State Subsidies

Social welfare bodies helping abused women, children, the disabled and the elderly will march to protest against low state subsidies and the gap in salaries between staff in the government and those in NGOs.

Against the background of the government’s insistence that it is focusing on poverty reduction, NGOs in Gauteng say subsidies have not increased since 2004, adding that there is a 37 percent gap in salaries between government social workers and those employed by NGOs.

CSOs Petition Against NGO Bill

Zambian CSOs are planning to petition President Rupiah Banda not to assent to the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Bill.

The CSOs are also challenging chief government spokesperson, Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha, to tell the nation what consultations were made and the submissions taken into consideration from CSOs when the Bill was amended.

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