Development

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.

 

Ezemvelo Says No to Coal Mining

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife has come out strongly against coal mining on the borderline of its flagship Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve, warning that the proposed mine would ‘destroy’ large sections of Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area.

 

Noting that it had a legal duty and mandate to protect and conserve the biological environment of the province, Ezemvelo says it could not ‘wilfully sacrifice’ a reserve dating from 1895, or attempt to create a new wilderness area somewhere else in the province to replace it.

 

SA Poor in Maths and Science, WEF Report

South Africa is almost dead last among 140 countries in terms of its maths and science education, according to this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness report.
 
Last year's report also put the country last out of 148 countries and the report for 2015/16 painted a dismal picture, with South Africa placed at 138 out of 140 countries.
 
The only two countries ranked lower were Egypt and Paraguay and in terms of Internet access in schools, South Africa was 119 out of 140.
 

Youth Critical in Achieving SDGs

Shingai Nyoka says that new development targets – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - will be set at the United Nations General Assembly underway in New York.
 
As heads of states sign off on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) says an investment of US$3 trillion will be needed to successfully implement the SDGs over the next 15 years. 
 
Meanwhile, UN resident coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, has warned Zimbabwe that the SDGs will not be met from the national budget and development aid alone.
 

Chulu: Lessons Learned from MDG Era

As the global community prepares to embrace a new global development framework christened the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is vital that lessons be drawn from the shortcomings of the predecessor framework, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is coming to a close at the end of this year. 
 

Farmers Agree to Share Farms With Workers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, says after heated debates, there's now a buy in from farmers in the proposal that they share their farms with workers.
 
Speaking during a discussion on the African National Congress’ Rural Development and Land Reform discussion document, Zokwana says farmers have come up with their own proposals that they believe will work.
 

UN Lights Up to Promote SDGs

As part of a comprehensive communications strategy, the United Nations (UN) has featured massive scale audio-visual projections on the façade of its Headquarters building in New York to raise awareness about the new Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Ahead of the adoption of those 17 goals, the UN has sought to promote its 70th anniversary with a visual display it hopes will create buzz and momentum for the post-2015 agenda.
 

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