The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

The Finance Minister’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) was overshadowed by the student activism outside Parliament as the #FeesMustFall campaign gained momentum. We have withheld this Response pending further details of how President Jacob Zuma’s assurance that there would be zero increase in fees next year would be financed, as this would impact on the MTBPS. To date however, no details have been revealed.

World Cities Day Commemorated

On the occasion of World Cities Day, top United Nations (UN) officials are highlighting the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous cities and human settlements.

"Good design can help tackle climate change. It reduces the impacts of disaster. It can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative.

It promotes equal access to services, jobs and opportunities, and fosters contentment," explains UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon.

Moz Requests Financial Assistance from IMF

Mozambique has requested financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the first time in a decade.

An IMF delegation visited Mozambique from 14-28 October 2015, to complete discussions towards the completion of the fifth review under the three-year Policy Support Instrument (PSI) approved in June 2013 and to reach understandings on a new programme to be supported under the IMF's Stand-by Credit Facility.

CSIR Wins Public ICT Awards

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) walked away with three major awards at the inaugural Public ICT Awards held on 25 October 2015 at the GovTech conference, Durban International Conference Centre.

Launched by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), the awards promote innovation in public products, solutions and service delivery.
The CSIR won two awards for its Broadband 4 All project, and one for the Lwazi II project.

Axium Education: Community Literacy Programme Manager

Axium Education is a nonprofit organisation based in Rural Eastern Cape which uses Mathematics, Science and English teaching as a means to generate opportunities for students to pursue post-secondary study.
Axium Education seeks to appoint a Community Literacy Programme Manager, based in Eastern Cape.

The successful candidate will train young people from Zithulele community to work alongside teachers in local schools and in independent Reading Clubs, where they bring story-telling and reading to life.


South Africa Should Lead on Africa’s Day of Food and Nutrition Security and Set a Path Toward Zero Hunger

On 30 October 2015, civil society organisations (CSO) and government leaders across the continent will recognise the 6th African Day on Food and Nutrition Security. It will be an opportunity to focus attention on political and financial commitments made by Africa leaders at all levels to address contemporary challenges of food and nutrition insecurity in Africa.

Call for African Solutions Over Elephant Poaching

Fred Nelson, says that by most counts, 2015 has been a devastating year for Africa’s elephants.
Nelson states that census results have documented large-scale declines from poaching in a number of key countries and protected areas.
In just five years, Tanzania’s elephant population, which was formerly the second-largest national herd in Africa, has declined from more than 110 000 elephants to fewer than 45 000.

Broadband Internet Tops GovTech Agenda

The South African government aims to make broadband Internet connectivity available in all corners of the country within the next five years.
Telecommunications Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, says this is part of the plan to make all government services available on the Internet eventually.
In the coming days at the Government Technology Conference (GovTech) in Durban, the use of open data will be discussed as a way to improve service delivery and boost economic development.

State-Led Initiatives and Students Can Break Impasse

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) weighed in on the university fees protests by saying it is ‘desirous that normality of classes‚ learning and teaching is restored’.
The commission also promised to release findings and recommendations of its own probe into “factors that either constrain or enhance levels and speed of transformation in institutions of higher learning in the country”.

World Food Day Commemorated

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the World Food Day is about raising global awareness on partnerships that are needed to eradicate hunger in the world.
FAO representative, Dr Tobias Takavarasha, says that the world celebrates World Food Day on Friday in an effort to not only take time to actively help those who are starving, but to also help in eradicating poverty and malnutrition.
Dr Takavarasha says efforts need to be made to remember the poor, to distribute food and to teach everyone about nutrition.


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