Civil society

Malawi removes 260 minors from adult prisons

14 February 2019 

Malawi has removed nearly 270 minors from two adult prisons, a legal action group said on Wednesday, following a court ruling and warnings about food shortages, disease risk and overcrowding.

The move came after a High Court ruling in June 2018 which ordered Bvumbwe and Kachere prisons to release all children being held there in a case brought by civil society organisations.
 

After the load-shedding come water shortages, Joburgers warned

14 February 2019 

It's not just load-shedding you have to worry about, the city of Johannesburg has warned. You could also be in for water cuts.

The metro warned that water shortages could follow load-shedding.

"As we continue to experience load-shedding across the country, Johannesburg Water is working alongside City Power to ensure that residents do not have to face water cuts as well," said MMC for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager.
 

EXPLORING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DIGITAL HAVES- AND HAVE-NOTS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

When we explore the question of technology in our sector, conversation quickly turns to back-office systems for creating more efficiencies in accounting, finance, HR, and operations. Certainly, many larger NGOs have been implementing a wide range of enterprise systems that often integrate these functions more seamlessly while also connecting the head office and the field.

INTERNET OF THINGS HELPS FEED THE MASSES

The new digital agricultural solution is using the Internet of things (IOT) to try combat malnutrition and boost food security in Africa.

The South African operation of Swedish enterprise applications company IFS and local company Matsei Technologies and Consulting collaborated to create the digital aquaponics farming solution.

The project aims to leverage technology to help build sustainable protein production for African communities, drive job creation and support the rise of innovative small businesses.

The Eskom break-up: Ramaphosa 'immovable' about salvage operation

6 February 2019
 
 President Cyril Ramaphosa was allegedly "immovable" during a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Cape Town, where plans to salvage and streamline Eskom were discussed and adopted.

He is expected to announce on Thursday in his State of the Nation Address that Eskom is to be broken up into three different parts, but is also expected to emphasise that none of those – comprising of separate generation, transmission and distribution business units – will be completely privatised because of their strategic value to government and the economy.

South Africa will jail corrupt officials: Ramaphosa

6 February 2019

 

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to jail officials implicated in an ongoing corruption inquiry following the arrest of five people, including a witness at a judicial inquiry into alleged influence peddling.

Ramaphosa’s remarks made at a mining investment conference in Cape Town on Wednesday come after up to five Western envoys including the United States and the United Kingdom threatened to cut foreign direct investment if no action was taken against perpetrators of corruption.
 

Cameroon loses US military support over Anglophone crisis

7 February 2019
 

The United States will withhold military assistance to Cameroon over allegations of gross human rights violations by its security forces in the northwest, southwest and far north regions, a state department official said on Wednesday.

According to the official, the US had terminated a C-130 aircraft training program, and halted deliveries of four defender boats, nine armored vehicles and an upgrade of a Cessna aircraft for Cameroon’s rapid intervention battalion.

 

SA Botswana ink deal for 80m ton-a-year railway link

7 February 2019 

Transnet has reconvened ten-year talks with Botswana Railways to build a heavy haul railway line to link the two countries in Lephalale, Limpopo Province, the company announced on Thursday.

The idea is over a decade old and seeks to unlock the potential of coal reserves, estimated to be as much as 212bn tons in Botswana.
 

Controversial law, economic woes driving Sudan youths to protest: Bashir

7 February 2019 
 

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday acknowledged that a controversial public order law and the country's deteriorating economic situation had fuelled anger among youths leading protests calling for him to step down.

Sudan has been rocked by nationwide demonstrations since December with angry crowds taking to the streets, initially over a government decision to triple the price of bread.
 

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