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Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

R25 000 Prize for 1st Code4Democracy Hackathon

The Open Data and Democracy Initiative (ODADI) coalition is hosting its first 48-hour Code4Democracy Hackathon.

Digital activists, designers, developers and data journalists will kickstart South Africa’s open data movement from 4-5 August 2012 in Cape Town at a 48-hour hackathon to build web and software applications that will help make government more accountable.

Call for Abstracts: Public Participation Conference

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is the parliament of Gauteng, an institution that oversee the government work in the province. Its main functions are law making, Executive Council and Provincial Government Departments' accountability.

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is calling for abstracts for the Public Participation Conference (PPP Indaba) under the theme “The People Shall Govern: Public Participation Beyond Slogans”, to be held from 29 February to 2 March 2012 in Johannesburg.

Shoot to Kill: A Camouflaged Revival of the Death Penalty and Reversal of the Bill of Rights?

The level of crime in South Africa has evidently sent government into emotional bewilderment. This is more so as a result of the violent crimes whose perpetrators are apparently merciless and recognise no boundary. Everyone, excluding the perpetrators and those with whom they act in cahoots, is under siege. Obviously any responsible government would want to do something to curb or rid its population of such a scourge. Taking the fight to the criminals! The question is how?

Stats SA Gears for Census 2011

Statistics South Africa has set in motion the operational plans and processes that will culminate in Census 2011, a national priority and the third under the democratic administration.

Statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, says that this is a massive logistical exercise that dwarfs all other nationwide mobilisation.

Lehohla argues that a census is deemed the largest mobilisation in times of peace, adding that even war is dwarfed by a census.

Kollapen Bids Farewell to the SAHRC

The mood was upbeat this afternoon as the South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) bid farewell to its chairperson, Jody Kollapen.

Kollapen, who will be leaving the commission at the end of this month together with four other commissioners because their term of office has expired, reflected on his chairpersonship. He further said for him, the cases of the African National Congress Youth League chairperson, Julius Malema, and of the Congress of the South African Trade Unions’ Zwelinzima Vavi, were challenging.

Philanthropy, Democracy and Civil society: Tending a Garden Over the Long Term

Who would have thought that in April 2009 South Africans would vote in a national election where the winning presidential candidate, Jacob Zuma, would enter his office under a cloud of corruption? Who would have guessed that the democratic government, led by the African National Congress, would reject a visa application from the Dalai Lama, in effect turning its back on the international human rights solidarity that it relied on 20 years earlier to end apartheid?

Zuma Wishes Mandela Happy Birthday

President Jacob Zuma said South Africa was truly blessed to have a compatriot like Nelson Mandela in its midst, as he wished the former president a happy birthday.

He said former president Mandela deserved to be honoured through the 67 minutes of volunteerism campaign, developed by the foundation that promotes his work, because his entire adult life was spent in service of South Africa and for humanity throughout the world.

Celebrating Africa Day

The roots of Africa Day date back to 1963 when the ‘Day of Africa’ was instituted in Ethiopia during the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Since then, 25 May has acquired international recognition as Africa Day, a day when, regardless of their whereabouts or situations, Africans celebrate the notion of African unity.

AU body has vital role to play

It is less onerous to prevent conflicts than to attempt interventions aimed at resolving them once they have erupted.

This is more so on our continent, where the under-equipped African Union/United Nations hybrid mission in Darfur, Sudan, remains deprived of much-needed logistical support.

This is also the case in Zimbabwe, where external donors are still reluctant to fully bankroll a fledgling government of national unity, and support the country's uncertain recovery.

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