Governance and democracy

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.

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.

Sonke to Apply for Court Order Against Malema

The Sonke Gender Justice Network intends applying for a court order against African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema, for neither filing appeal papers relating to the hate speech ruling against him nor paying the R50 000 fine ordered by the court.

The organisation’s government and media relations manager, Mbuyiselo Botha, points out that Malema’s legal team missed dates to file papers for appeal and have also failed to apply for condonation.

Zim Sanctions Must Stay - NGO

Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN), a consortium of more than 20 NGOs in nine countries, says sanctions on Zimbabwe must stay intact until human and property rights violations stop.

In a press statement, ZEN coordinator, Tor-Hugne Olsen, says even after a year of a coalition government, the political, democratic and economic crisis in the country remains unchanged.

DHA Extends Zim Registration Deadline

South Africa has announced it will not deport illegal Zimbabwean immigrants until at least 31 March after extending a deadline for them to regularise their stay.

The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson, Ricky Naidoo, says that there will be no deportations until the end of March, adding that the department is trying its best to complete the adjudication process in the next few weeks.

Hanekom Commends DHA on Zim Registrations

People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says the Department of Home Affairs has ‘exceeded expectations’ in its attempts to register Zimbabweans illegally in South Africa.

PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, who has been among its fiercest critics, points out that, “The officials worked hard, it was a mammoth task and they had limited time.”

Hanekom says he is hopeful that at least 220 000 Zimbabweans who applied for the dispensation would be accepted.

Parliament to Fill SABC Vacancies – Kholwane

Parliament is moving ahead to fill the four vacancies on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) board, with its communications committee due to meet next week to draw up a shortlist of candidates.

Communications committee chairperson, Eric Kholwane, states that should another member resigns in the interim, the board could be left without the necessary quorum to take decisions.

Four Days Left for Zim Immigrants to Register

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents. In a press statement, home affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, points out that, "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet."

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