NGOs

ZNRI Embarks on Clean-up Exercise in Harare

The Zimbabwe’s National Revival Initiative (ZNRI), a coalition of churches, NGOs and government has taken a bold stand in which the organisation attempts to get rid of the garbage in Harare.

ZNRI project manager, Aaron Mushoriwa, says that the project aims to keep the environment clean while improving the image of Zimbabwe prior the 2010 World in South Africa.

Director in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Sylvester Maunganidze, argues that the initiative will contribute to the attraction of visitors in Harare.

Sasol Blamed For Climate Change Crimes

Environmental organisations have staged a mock trial, asking petrochemicals group, Sasol to answer for climate change crimes.

Earthlife Africa, which led the protest, says Sasol produces 21 percent of South Africa’s total yearly greenhouse-gas emissions. The organisation argues that Sasol alone emits 75.4 million tons of greenhouse-gases each year.

Earthlife Africa energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor, states that the organisation also wants Sasol to put plans for a new plant in the Waterberg on hold.

HRW Urges EU not to Lift Zim Sanctions

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that sanctions against Zimbabwe should not be lifted until rights violations end in that country.

HRW Africa director, Georgette Gagnon, points out that, "The sanctions debate is a red herring since none of them prevent the country from moving forward."

Gagnon says power sharing will only work when repressive laws are repealed and human rights irreversibly improved.

The comments come as South Africa and the European Union prepare to meet in Cape Town.

Meet Council's new National Executive Director

From switchboard to CEO - A life's dedication to the blind and deaf communities:

From humble beginnings as a Switchboard operator 30 years ago, this inspirational man has made his way up the corporate ladder through hard work and perseverance in order to bring about positive change within the visually impaired and deaf communities... at last he's sitting at the helm of one of the largest NGO's in South Africa. Meet Jace Nair – newly appointed National Executive Director of the South African National Council for the Blind.

Ceasefire Campaign Condemns Parliament Actions

4 September 2009

The ongoing threats of prosecution against whistle-blower David Maynier are a major cause for concern and a blight on our democracy. When the new administration was sworn in, we had such hopes that there would be less secrecy and covert support for unscrupulous dealings.

But the latest debacle within parliament suggests the opposite; we fear we are in for even more executive control.

Police Criticised for Illegally Destroying Building

2 September 2009

Police and bulldozers have come to Skhoma Butchery unannounced and are proceeding, as we speak, to illegally destroy the Butchery.

All this is happening despite a court settlement between the butchery and owners of the new Gugulethu Square Mall.  The landowner, West Side (who received the land through a corrupt deal with the non-profit Kula Business (see this M&G article), was ordered by the court to satisfy 5 requirements before the eviction would be allowed to proceed.

Death Row: NGO Criticises Libya

A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the Acting Chairperson of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, to urgently restrain Libya from executing Nigerians on death row.

The organisation is urging the Africa Commission to urgently invoke Article 111 (Rule of Procedure) authority to request that Libya adopt provisional measures in order to stop the irreparable damage that would be caused to the Complainants and their African Charter rights.

Zambia to Issue NGO Guidelines

Community Development and Social Services Minister, Michael Kaingu, says he will soon announce the guidelines on the implementation of the recently assented to NGO Act.

Kaingu says that the Act will soon be implemented and urged NGOs which were against it to accept it because it is now law.

He says NGOs should not demonstrate against policies already passed by Parliament and assented to by President Rupiah Banda.

Oxfam Criticises Human Suffering in Somalia

Oxfam has warned that a total failure of the international community to deal effectively with the Somalia crisis and help end the war is resulting in a spiral of human suffering and exodus to neighbouring countries.

The organisation says hundreds of thousands of Somalis who have fled the violence are now trapped in ‘horrifically overcrowded or poorly managed camps’ in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia itself.

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