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Social Grant Scam

Social security agency SASSA has again warned that a new card scam has emerged as the festive season draws nearer.

The new scam involves beneficiaries receiving an sms saying that they needed to change their SASSA card to a new one.

Speaking on Morning Live Head of Communications at the agency, Paseka Letsatsi says there is no new card for SASSA and they are investigating the scam.

Activism Key to SA Democracy – Heywood

SECTION27, a non-governmental organisation, says activism is central for a democratic country like South Africa as it encourages accountability and engagement to ordinary people.

SECTION27 executive director, Mark Heywood, believes that activism must be linked with the Constitution because it demonstrates change in society.

Heywood adds that activism is a powerful tool that is used by people to voice their problems and challenges in government.

NGO Leader Shot in Cape Town

Ses'khona People's Rights Movement chairperson, Andile Lili, is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot four times on 5 November 2014 in Khayelitsha.

Ses'khona spokesperson, Sithembele Majova, points out that the movement is devastated by the news, and also found it strange that the shooting happened on the eve of a planned march to Parliament and the African National Congress offices over the high rate of unemployment.

Mokonyane Urges Rand Water to Communicate Better

Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane's office urges Rand Water to work closer and to communicate better with communities regarding water supply interruptions and other challenges.

Speaking at a meeting with the board, Mokonyane reminds the board that “[as a member]… you have a responsibility towards the communities you serve."

The board had to close the gap between their commitment to communities and what was eventually delivered, it also had to look at their current way of doing things, and how it could possibly be changed for positive results.

Law Used to Clamp Down on Protests

Report shows that protestors have been unjustly targeted in troubled settlements such as Thembelihle in the Northern Cape.

Bhayiza Miya, a politically and media savvy leader, has lost six of his teeth and a month of his life to community protests in Thembelihle, where he has been arrested, prosecuted and forcefully warned by police to stay away from big gatherings.

Aid Workers Chased Away from Church

Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, says its aid workers were chased away from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, and threatened with arrest if they come near the site where a church building collapsed, killing dozens of people including South Africans.

Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, asserts that, “They [aid workers] tried to go to the church, but they were chased away. The authorities there did not want them to take any information or come near.”

GBV Hinders Women’s Freedom - Chipatiso

According to Linda Musariri Chipatiso, it seems incongruous that South Africans celebrate Women's Month, yet stories of conflict and gender-based violence (GBV) flood today's headlines.

In her article titled ‘Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom’, Chipatiso argues that, “Whether it is the abduction of girls in Nigeria, the unending trial of Oscar Pistorius or the young woman raped and murdered last over the weekend because of her sexuality- the horrific immediacy of violence is all too apparent.”

UN Slams Abuse of Albinos

A United Nations (UN) expert has condemned the abuse of young albinos in government care centres in Tanzania, a country where many are killed and their body parts sold as lucky charms.

Alicia Londono, of the UN human rights office, says that after a spike in killings in 2009, the government placed youngsters in children's homes in a desperate effort to defend them.

Londono points out that, “It was a protective measure, and welcome at the beginning,” adding that, “But the conditions are appalling. They are overcrowded, hygiene conditions are very poor.”

Over 45 000 Women Raped in August

At 12h25 on 20 August 2014, the number of rapes this month reached a staggering 45 402, according to Blow the Whistle.

Blow the Whistle director, Mike Rowley, points out that, “In August 2014, statistically there’ll be a total of 74,400 rapes,” adding that, “Even though we fight this battle every day, August is the month we’ll make our biggest stand yet.”

NGOs Blamed for Lacking Progress in AIDS Fight

District AIDS coordinator for Nsanje in Malawi, has blamed lack of progress by numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the district on the stubbornness of communities to change.

The District AIDS coordinator, Peter Mwakarawo, says HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district will continue to grow at an increasing rate if communities are not ready to let go off harmful and risky cultural practices arguing the massage is being heard but not practiced by respective persons.

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