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Ikhayalami: Financial Administrator (Position Filled)

Ikhayalami Development Services is a nonprofit organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical solutions for Informal Settlement Upgrading. These are designed, where appropriate, to be imbedded into a community-driven process and scaled up with the support of the State.

Ikhayalami seeks to appoint a Financial Administrator, based in Cape Town.

 Responsibilities:

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

Heavy Rain Puts Relief Agencies on Alert

Heavy rains and localised flooding across southern Africa from Angola to Madagascar are raising fears that the devastating floods of 2000 will be repeated, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Hein Zeelie, an OCHA humanitarian affairs officer based in Johannesburg, points out that, "All countries in contiguous southern Africa are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall between January and March 2011.

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.

Unemployment and the Rights of Workers

The most important, single issue facing government today is improving conditions for greater labour absorption.

The South African Bill of Rights says, “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.” But local laws and institutions do not fully support that right, and one consequence is our staggering unemployment rate.

World Cup Experience to be Used to Improve Housing

The Department of Human Settlements says it will use the experience gained during construction of World Cup stadiums to improve the delivery of houses by 2030.

Minister Tokyo Sexwale, points out that, “I have declared that by 2030 children who are born this year should be able to access houses and flats.”

Sexwale says his businesses had benefited from the construction of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, adding that in return, the businesses will build more than 50 000 houses as a social investment.

WC to Confiscate RDP Houses

The Western Cape housing department says it will confiscate RDP houses transferred to beneficiaries less than eight years ago, which have been sold by their owners and give them to the needy.

Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, “The houses that are returned to the Department in terms of the pre-emptive right clause (in the Housing Act) will be reallocated by municipalities to qualifying people in terms of the relevant criteria.”

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