‘Economic, Governance and Instability in South Africa’ examines the economic and social underpinnings of rising political instability in South Africa such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. The paper then reviews the patterns of violence across different categories before concluding with a brief analysis of the extent to which corruption, poor governance and lacklustre leadership exacerbate social turbulence.
Governance and democracy
The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, produced by the World Bank Group in partnership with the International Monetary Fund, comes at an inflection point in both the setting of global development goals and the demographic trends affecting those goals. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while the World Bank Group has in parallel articulated the twin goals of sustainably ending extreme poverty and sharing prosperity.
The SADC Lawyers' Association (SADCLA) is calling for expressions of interest from experts in the areas of mediation, elections, electoral dispute resolution and/or electoral law to develop a curriculum and deliver training in the area of electoral mediation in Southern Africa. The training will target 12-20 lawyers from Southern Africa (with the possibility of extending the training to a larger group in future).
Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre (MWSC) is an equality and social justice nonprofit organisation seeking to end discrimination and the oppression of women and girls which is expressed as violence against women and girls.
MWSC seeks to appoint an experienced Social Worker, based in East London.
Pretoria High Court Judge Hans Fabricius has granted the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) a temporary order to prevent Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving South Africa until the urgent application to have him arrested has been heard.
The application has been brought by the SALC on behalf of a group of human rights organisations and there are about nine respondents including the Home Affairs Department.
Meanwhile, South Sudanese human rights activist, Hussein Karshoum, says there is a basis for South Africa not arresting al-Bashir.
Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, says Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's residence sought to make fools of the whole nation.
Speaking at the announcement of a massive anti-corruption march to the Union Buildings and Parliament in August by civil society movements and labour unions who are concerned about Nkandla, e-tolls and golden handshakes, among other issues, Vavi argues that there is corruption denialism in government and it must be rooted out.
The Civil Society Development Fund (CSDF), an initiative of the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.
USB-Ed’s Impumelelo: The Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovations Centre, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, are bringing project presenters in water, sanitation, recycling, and waste management from the e’Thekwini and Drakenstein Municipalities to present to a key group of public managers drawn from the Gauteng municipalities and region.
The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind is a fully constituted welfare organisation registered with the Director of Fundraising at the Department of Social Development and approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that works to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people.
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