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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.

SPCA Lays Criminal Charges Against Tiger Brands

Tiger Brands, South Africa’s biggest food company, has had criminal charges laid against it by an animal-rights group - the National Council of SPCAs - over a pig slaughter method that involves the animals being gassed to death in cages after being lowered into a pit.

In a press statement, the organisation says it laid the charges because its concerns have not been addressed.

It notes that the system involves the suffocation of the pigs with carbon dioxide before they are slaughtered.

SADAG Continues to Save Lives

For more than two decades, the South African Depression and Anxiety Groups (SADAG) has saved hundreds of lives by providing a support network.

South Africa ranks among nations with high suicide rates, with 10 percent of all non-natural adult deaths due to suicide, despite this being preventable with appropriate help.

It is for this reason we are disturbed by reports that the country’s largest mental health support and advocacy group, the SADAG, faces closure due to financial difficulties.

NGO Suspends Executive Director

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu has been suspended as the executive director of her parents’ legacy foundation, only weeks after tying the knot.

The board of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation met and unanimously, and quietly, decided to suspend Tutu.

It had threatened to resign en masse if action was not taken to ameliorate the implications of Tutu’s marriage to, Professor Marceline van Furth, a professor with links to her parents’ foundation.

NGOs Urged to Work With State

Tanzanian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country have been urged to cooperate fully with the government during the implementation of their various activities so that they can bring real development to the community.

The call was made here by the chairperson of the National Board for Coordination of NGOs, Rukia Masasi, when its members had an audience with Singida region NGO leaders in a fact finding mission on various activities being implemented by the organisations.

Global Fund, Botswana, Partner to Fight HIV and TB

 

Two new grants signed between the Global Fund and Botswana mark a new phase of partnership, with a focus on preventing, treating and caring for people affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented today at a signing event by the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, the European Union, Germany and France. The grants signed today total US$27 million.

ZANU-PF Urged to Stop Attacking NGOs

Zimbabwe’s opposition parties and political analysts have urged ZANU-PF to be consistent and desist from attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs), saying this creates unnecessary hostility in the face of need.

Opposition parties urged the government not to create unnecessary acrimony after a spirited campaign by the ruling party to lampoon NGOs.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, points out that: “Needless to state non-governmental organisations, as usual, will have to come onto the scene in order to provide food to the starving millions in the villages and towns.”

Call for Mugabe to Apologise to the Nation, NGOs

According to Trevor Saruwaka Mutasa, if Zimbabwe goes hungry it has no capacity to feed its own people and therefore depends on non-governmental organisations and donor countries contrary to the mantra by President Robert Mugabe that they must leave us alone.

Mutasa states that in an article titled ‘food for all is our goal’, the country’s Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Prisca Mupfumira, attempts to pronounce a policy position on who must get this aid by boldly declaring that food is for all.

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