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NGOs Urged to Push for Policy Implementation

NGOs have not done enough to lobby for speedier implementation of policies. This is according to former Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) chairperson, Phillip Makgalemele.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2009 NGO Week in Botswana, Makgalemele said: “I am hopeful that in the coming months, there will be intensified lobbying... ."

US$202 million for Zim NGOs

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has concluded his tour of Europe and the United States without raising a penny for the inclusive government although he acquired US$202 million for NGOs, which are mostly British or US-based entities.

International news agencies quoted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as pledging full support once the reform programme "gained momentum"on the ground . Nearly all the countries visited by Tsvangirai said their money will be channelled through NGOs.

AI to Monitor Zimbabwe for 100 Days

Amnesty International (AI) says it will closely monitor the human rights situation in Zimbabwe for the next 100 days, to test the commitment of the unity government to real reforms in the country.

The announcement follows a meeting between AI's secretary-general, Irene Khan, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in the United Kingdom, after wrapping up a six-day visit to Zimbabwe last week.

Zuma Urged to Sign Children’s Act

The Independent Democrats have called on President Jacob Zuma to sign into law an Act that will see the government funding civil society organisations involved in assisting the needy.

ID spokesperson, Lance Greyling, points out that, “In this vein, we call on President Jacob Zuma to urgently sign the Children’s Act, which will ensure the provision of money to cash-strapped civil society organisations providing services to children.”

SADC Convene to Discuss Madagascar

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged Madagascar's political rivals to commit to peaceful negotiations and refrain from violence three months after the ouster of President Marc Ravalomanana.

The 15-member SADC called the extraordinary weekend summit over the lingering political crisis on the island after Andry Rajoelina seized power in March.

Amnesty International Visits Zimbabwe

The head of human rights group Amnesty International has arrived in Zimbabwe on a visit signalling a thaw in relations between the troubled African nation and critics of its president, Robert Mugabe.

Irene Khan began the six-day visit over the weekend, during which she is scheduled to meet with Mugabe, government officials and victims of human rights violations.

Khan and her delegation were granted entry visas by the coalition government formed in February. In the past, other critics of the government have been barred entry to Zimbabwe.

New Youth Agency for SA - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says the National Youth Development Agency, an institution formed through the merger of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the National Youth Commission, will be launched on 16 June 2009 in Ekurhuleni.

Speaking in the joint sitting of the parliament where he delivered his first state of the nation address since assuming office last month, Zuma said the merger will enhance service and development opportunities provided to the youth.

Paraffin Safety Association welcomes the new Energy Minister

Press Release

12 May 2009

On behalf of the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa (PASASA) I would like to welcome the new Minister of Safety, Ms Dipuo Peters to her new portfolio. Ms. Peters takes the reins from the former minister of Minerals and Energy, Ms. Buyelwa Sonjica who has since been given a new portfolio, Ministry of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs.

Venezuelan NGOS Criticise Proposed Law

Prominent Venezuelan NGOs have warned that a bill being drafted by lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez could be used to financially strangle groups that criticize the government.

Liliana Ortega, who leads the human rights group, Cofavic, points out that the bill puts in danger the existence of organisations that make the government uncomfortable.

Shifting Political Landscape

After months of anticipation, widespread speculation and tireless campaigning by political parties, the 2009 South African elections have come and gone. As expected, the African National Congress (ANC) has once again been delivered an emphatic mandate to govern, winning 65.9% of the national vote and a majority in eight of the nine provinces. Now that the votes have been tallied, it is clear that there have been several key changes in South Africa’s political landscape.

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