Ghost Cities of China

Featuring everything from sports stadiums to shopping malls, hundreds of new cities in China stand empty, with hundreds more set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, the country's urban population will leap to over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. In the process, traditional social structures are being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption orientated culture rapidly taking their place.

US$43m for Food Relief for Zimbabwe

Britain and the United States have reportedly launched a programme to rescue at least 650 000 Zimbabwean hunger victims, with the two countries pledging to provide up to US$43m for food aid.

This came as the World Food Programme (WFP) says in August that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans were expected to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production.

Polman Focuses on MDG Progress

Paul Polman, in an article titled, ‘MDG [Millennium Development Goals] Success - Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact’, says in the year 2000, members of the United Nations General Assembly made an historic commitment - to halve poverty by 2015.

Polman, who is the chief executive officer of Unilever, states that, “We have made good progress in many areas, of which we can be proud,” adding that millions of lives have been saved and millions of families now have access to clean water.

SA Fails ‘Dismally’ in Maths, Science

Even though South Africa came second last out of 140 on the World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings in mathematics and science, local education authorities rubbished the rankings saying they were flawed.

However, education experts say the rankings are a close reflection of where education is in South Africa.

Educationalist, Graeme Bloch, says South Africa needs to up its game not only in mathematics and science but in all subjects.

Bloch adds: “The rankings are pretty close, learners need to be pushed and work hard in maths, science and humanities.”

Call for Renewed Implementation of NDP

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, has called for a renewed implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).

Addressing the AGM of the Black Management Forum‚ Radebe‚ who is the chairperson of the National Planning Commission‚ set out the successes and the failures of the government since 1994.

Radebe emphasises that the implementation of the NDP would improve South Africa’s prospects‚ and set out “six interlinked priorities of the NDP‚ which serve as the pillars of the Plan.

Africa’s Post-2015 Development: The Role of Mobile Phones in Higher Education

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is of the view that education is a central component of the post-2015 development agenda. Education benefits society in many ways, including through reducing poverty levels, improving health and fostering economic development, job creation and higher salaries, as well as improving governance.(2) Considering the benefits, it is important that education is made more accessible than it currently is.

Makgoba Calls on SA to Defeat Corruption

South Africans need to apply the kind of courage they did in the fight against apartheid in the fight against corruption.
According to Thabo Makgoba‚ the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, who joined more than 1 000 Capetonians in the ‘United against Corruption March’ to Parliament.
Addressing the crowd‚ which included ordinary citizens and members of different civil society groups like the Right To Know‚ Social Justice Coalition‚ United Front and Equal Education‚ Makgoba encouraged South Africans to speak up.

NC the First to Experience Digital Migration

The Department of Communications says the Northern Cape households will be the first to experience broadcast digital migration in South Africa.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, has launched the registration process for set-top-boxes at one of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) communities in Keimoes near Upington.
The set-top-boxes are key in migrating from analogue to digital and according to Muthambi's spokesperson, Mish Molakeng, this is a very significant development.

Judge Sets Aside Winelands Tolling Project

Western Cape High Court judge Ashley Binns-Ward ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town when he set aside the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) Winelands Tolling Project.


City of Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, described the Western Cape High Court’s decision to scrap the Winelands Toll Roads Project as a ‘victory for all South Africans’.


Judge Ashley Binns-Ward set aside the SANRAL’s decision to toll sections of the N1 and N2 and also set aside the Transport Minister’s 2008 decision to declare sections of the N1 and N2 as toll roads.

SANRAL Weighs Up Options After e-Toll Case

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has been left to contemplate its legal options in the wake of losing its fight to proceed with tolling in the Western Cape.


This follows a ruling by the Western Cape High Court Judge, Ashley Binns-Ward, ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town, effectively scrapping the Winelands Toll Project.


In his judgement, the transport minister’s 2008 decision declaring the N1 and N2 as toll roads was set aside, along with SANRAL’s attempts to have portions of the roads tolled.



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