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ANC’s Social Welfare Plan Unrealistic – Friedman

Political analysts have warned that the African National Congress’ (ANC) “highly ambitious ad expensive” manifesto could come back to haunt the party as some of the promises may prove impossible to realise.

Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, Steven Friedman, argues that there are serious questions regarding the affordability of the ruling party’s social welfare plan.

“Under the current world economic crisis, the big question is whether this can be affordable”, says Friedman.

IEC Warns Against Violent Rhetoric

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned that violent rhetoric uttered by certain political leaders could reverse the country’s democratic fortunes gained during the past 15 years.

IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam points out that: “We are aware of the violent nature of how some people speak... Intolerance is one of the major causes of war.”

Post Mbeki South Africa: Where Are We Headed

Afesis-corplan is holding a seminar entitled “Post Mbeki South Africa: Where Are We Headed” on 21 November 2008 in East London.

The seminar is a follow on to the seminar on Post-Polokwane African National Congress held in August, and is inspired by the recent ‘high voltage’ political developments in the country. Once again, as part of our Public Awareness programme, Afesis-corplan is providing a platform for constructive debate and discussions on the likely impact of current political developments on governance in South Africa. 

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Afesis-corplan Seminar: Post Mbeki South Africa - Where are we headed?

Afesis-corplan invites all interested stakeholders to attend its final seminar for 2008 on Post Mbeki South Africa - Where are we headed?

The seminar is a follow on to the seminar on Post-Polokwane ANC held in August, and is inspired by the recent ‘high voltage’ political developments in the country. Once again, as part of our Public Awareness programme, Afesis-corplan is providing a platform for constructive debate and discussions on the likely impact of current political developments on governance in SA.

South African No Torture Consortium Launched

The South African No Torture Consortium (SANTOC) was launched on 26 June 2008, International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture. The Consortium aims improve the impact and effectiveness of the torture rehabilitation sector. SANTOC is working to build a strong advocacy movement to pressure the South African government to criminalise torture and to adopt and ratify OPCAT, the Optional Protocol on the Convention Against Torture.

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