Civil society

Court victory for South Africa’s protected areas in Mabola case

Today, the North Gauteng High Court set aside the 2016 decisions of former Mineral Resources Minister Zwane and the late Environmental Affairs Minister Molewa to permit a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola Protected Environment near Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga.

The case was brought by the coalition of eight civil society organisations challenging a range of authorisations that have permitted an underground coal mine in a strategic water source area and a protected area.

MTN Nigeria battle could impact SA's financial stability

Billions of dollars in fines owed by South African companies MTN and Standard Bank to Nigerian regulators could increase the risk to SA's financial system. This is according the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB's) latest financial stability review, released yesterday.

Nigeria's central bank in August demanded MTN repatriate $8.1 billion (R11 billion) to Nigeria, which the bank said the company had sent abroad in breach of foreign exchange regulations.

Dirco confirms release of former M&G editor, colleague

Former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal and her Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) colleague Muthoki Mumo were released by Tanzanian authorities around 3am on Thursday morning, and their travel documents has been returned to them.

This is according to department of international relations and cooperation spokesperson (Dirco) Ndivhuwo Mabaya. He told SAFM on Thursday morning that the South African High Commissioner had spoken to Quintal and her colleague who had been returned to their hotel rooms. 

SAHRC to inspect Rahima Moosa Hospital after deadly outbreak

The SA Humans Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Thursday conduct a site inspection of Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville, Johannesburg.

The inspection follows reports of nine infants dying at the hospital due to a necrotising enterocolitis bacterial outbreak.

The condition occurs mostly in premature newborns and affects their intestines.

When news of the outbreak first broke several months ago, it was reported that a probe by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases had failed to established the origin of the disease.
 

Mpumalanga hospital ordered to explain how two babies died

The Mpumalanga health department has given Shongwe Hospital until Friday to release a report into how two infants died, amid suspicions that the cause of death was a lack of oxygen.

MEC Sasekani Manzini visited the hospital on Wednesday and formally appointed a team to thoroughly investigate what happened, department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said.

“She gave the team a deadline of Friday to submit a full report,” he said.

Sub-saharan africa's broadband price rip-off uncovered

Sub-Saharan African countries have the most expensive broadband prices in the world.

This is according to a report released today by Cable.co.uk, which analysed data from 3 303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries, with the assistance of consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC, between 15 August and 20 September.

The study notes the Ukraine offers the world's cheapest broadband, with an average cost of $5 per month. The West African nation of Mauritania is the most expensive, with an average package price of $768.16.

Meet the non-profit transforming rwandan healthcare

The government of Rwanda is developing quite a reputation in the tech space, partnering with drone operators, electric motorbike providers and incubation hubs to drive development.

Its latest partnership is in the healthcare space, where it is working with the Ihangane Project, a Rwanda-based non-profit organisation founded in 2008 with the goal of facilitating community-driven solutions that strengthen national health systems.

Government must move with speed to close policy gap on private terminals

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs has urged the government to move with speed to close clear policy gaps in relation to establishments and operations of private terminals at port of entries. The committee met the Department of Home Affairs on the operation of a private terminal by Fireblade Aviation at the OR Tambo International Airport. 

Scopa sends sabc packing for not providing requested information

Parliament, Wednesday, 07 November 2018 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) was forced to send the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) back for not providing the information that the committee had requested on irregular expenditure amounting to R4.9bn.

Scopa had sent letters to the SABC detailing exactly the kind of information that was required for today’s meeting. The committee was told at today’s meeting that the information that Scopa had requested on the irregular expenditure is not available.

Houghton Golf Club unfairly cancels charity day

The human rights and Palestine solidarity BDS South Africa condemns the cancelling by the Houghton Golf Club (HGC) of the upcoming Food for the Soul charity golf day that was due to take place on 11 November at Houghton Golf Course .

The HGC cancelled the charity day demanding that it can only take place if BDS South Africa be removed from the golf charity day in which the organisers, Food for the Soul, had invited, accepted and included BDS SA.

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