SA Schools 'Hotspots' for Corruption – CW

Since July 2015, Corruption Watch has received at least 1 000 reports of corruption across schools, making them the main graft hotspots in the country.
According to the organisation’s annual report released this week, “The corruption hotspots in 2015 are schools, which make up 16 percent of overall reports during the year, followed by traffic and licensing at 12 percent, immigration at six percent and housing and healthcare at five and three percent respectively.”

Youth for Survival's Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.

NGO Urged to Keep Girls in School

A primary school head teacher at Chambuluka in Chikwawa district, Malawi, has asked for non-governmental organisations to go to his school and implement activities that will help keep girls in school.

The head teacher, Baton Sande, made the remarks when Nice Trust Chikwawa office organised an interface meeting with the communities.

He said there have been 10 dropouts of girls in the first term as well as the second term which is not yet finished posing a threat that there might be more of dropouts if no tangible measures are put in place.

FODEP Executive Director Resigns

Outgoing Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director, MacDonald Chipenzi, has resigned from his position as spokesperson of the Grand Coalition on the campaign for a new Constitution in Zambia.

Chipenzi, who also quit as the vice-chairperson of the Council of NGOs in Zambia, says despite his resignation, he remains committed to the two causes’ reform of the NGO Act no. 16 of 2009 and campaign for a new people-driven Constitution and enactment of the expanded Bill of Rights.

Malawi Government Angered by NGOs

Malawi government has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of causing problems in the agriculture sector since they roll out projects without consulting relevant sectors.

District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) for Chiradzulu Sheila Kang’ombe says some NGOs do not follow government policies when implementing development projects.

NGO Donates 65 Desks to a School

Bukoba Region based non-governmental organisation, Jambo Bukoba, has donated 65 desks worth 4.2m/- to Nyamiaga Primary School, in Ngara District.

The Jambo Bukoba Manager, Stephen Gonzaga, says the donation was in effort to mitigate the shortage of desks facing the region.

The Kagera Regional Commissioner, John Mongela, commended Jambo Bukoba for the timely intervention by constructing and renovating several classrooms including Kasambya Primary

Lungu’s Proposal Supported by NGOs

Two non-governmental organisations based in Livingstone have welcomed First Lady Esther Lungu’s proposal for the private sector to help set up maternal centres for teenage mothers in the country.

Southern Province coordinator for Poverty Reduction Education Programme, Gift Lwembe, says the idea needs the support of all stakeholders.

Lwembe has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that the proposed teenage maternal centres will improve the lives of young mothers who often lack knowledge and income to support their children.

Mugabe Urged to Thank NGOs

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says President Robert Mugabe should stop attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have kept the country afloat over the past 16 years of social and economic turmoil and, rather, commend them for covering up ‘your’ mess.

The MDC party led by Welshman Ncube was day responding to the veteran leader's utterances at African Union summit in Ethiopian, as well as upon his return at the Harare International Airport, when he denounced NGOs operating in the country.

Govt Lose Faith in its Own Policies: IRR

When it comes to employment equity‚ national government departments need to play catch-up with their provincial and local government counterparts.

So do parastatals‚ according to the Institute for Race Relations (IRR)‚ where 59.4 percent top managers are black-African.

National government’s figure is worse at 54.9 percent while provincial and local government can boast 73.8 percent and 75.7 percent respectively.

SANRAL to Increase Toll Fees

Just in time for the Easter holidays and long weekends, roads agency, the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) is increasing its toll fees.

Although the government’s new financial year starts in April, the new tolls all kick in from 1 March 2016, which means they will be in time to catch holiday traffic over two long weekends in March, Human Rights Day on Monday (21 March), and the Easter weekend which starts on Friday, 25 March.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says the increases were between 2-8 percent.


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