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The Road Less Travelled - Swift Action Needed to Prevent SA’s Slide Towards ‘Rocky Road’ Economy

Government and business have their work cut out to prevent South Africa from sliding towards a ‘rocky road’ scenario. This is the worst of four ‘future’ economic outcomes for the country, as described by Dr. Frans Cronjé, chief executive officer of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), at the second annual i3 Summit hosted by Sanlam Investments and Glacier by Sanlam in Johannesburg.
 

A Slap in the Face of the Constitution

The framers of the South African Constitution had the foresight to include an innovative set of institutions that effectively add a fourth arm to the usual three-way division of government into Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. The modern state reaches into almost all areas of life; and modern citizens expect it to be responsive to a wide variety of their rights and needs.

Khama Urged to Ensure SADC States Respect Rights

As heads of state gather for the 35th Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Botswana, leading human rights organisations say the incoming chairperson, President Ian Khama, should use his role to ratchet up pressure on member states to respect the fundamental rights of their citizens.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused SADC of taking “little action to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in all the member states despite identifying peace, security, and the promotion of human rights as key concerns within the region.”

Call for Stronger Leadership in the SADC

Political leaders are calling for stronger leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Botswana President, Ian Khama, assumes the chairpersonship from Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe handed over the baton to Khama during SADC's annual Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, while President Jacob Zuma handed his position of chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation over to the Republic of Mozambique.

Call for Stronger Leadership in the SADC

Political leaders are calling for stronger leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Botswana President, Ian Khama, assumes the chairpersonship from Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe handed over the baton to Khama during SADC's annual Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, while President Jacob Zuma handed his position of chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation over to the Republic of Mozambique.

SADC Discourage Reliance on Donor Funding

Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have described the regional body’s dependence on foreign funding as a ‘profound weakness’ and have called for alternatives.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, told a meeting of the SADC council of ministers in Gaborone that “as long as we are unable to fund our own organisation, the future of our programmes and activities will remain uncertain and SADC will not be wholly ours.”

SA Urged to Create Enough Jobs

The World Bank says millions of young South Africa are jobless and searching for work but they could not be employed because they lacked the requisite skills for the modern day work environment.

The bank argues that, “Without enough jobs being created, South Africa is left with many of its unskilled and young facing the prospect of unemployment.”

The World Bank lead economist for South Africa, Catriona Purfield, adds that the unemployment rate is the highest in all the middle income countries at 25.4 percent, or a third if you include discouraged workers.

DHA Trauma for Transgender Woman

A transgender woman has told of her trauma at being mistreated by the Department of Home Affairs officials in Centurion, who allegedly prevented her from applying for a gender change in her identity book.

Armed with the necessary medical reports, Juanita van Zyl, 36, went to the Centurion branch an hour before it opened on Wednesday. She wanted to apply to have her gender changed on her identity document.

Call to Expose Poor Girls to Opportunities

Official policy documents show that more women are now active in the economy as entrepreneurs in South Africa.

A range of healthcare initiatives are targeted at improving women's health in an effort to prevent opportunistic diseases.

And larger numbers of girl school pupils are enrolled in subjects such as mathematics, science and technology, which traditionally have been regarded as the preserve of the boy child.

JPSA Slams e-Toll Advertisement

The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has questioned the provincial authority’s ‘apparent involvement’ in the celebrity e-tolls advertisements.

JPSA chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, points out that, “With so many other urgent issues which require funding in Gauteng‚ it is surprising that the Gauteng Provincial Government would choose to spend money on producing and airing‚ as well as paying so-called ‘celebrities’ to promote e-tolling instead of spending it where it is truly needed.”

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