Development

JPSA Slams SANRAL Over ASA Ruling

The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has ‘extended its sincere gratitude’ to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)‚ its spokesman Vusi Mona and its public relations company, Meropa Communications, for “discrediting themselves even further by reacting in such a childish‚ emotional and grossly uninformed manner.”

This follows what the JPSA described as their “temper tantrum over the banning of yet another one of its e-tolling advertisements” by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week.

Infrastructure and the Question of PIDA: Time for a Change?

It is no secret that African countries suffer from an infrastructure deficit. So far, Africa’s potential in infrastructure has not been met and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has not done enough to address all infrastructure difficulties that Africa faces. This article looks at whether there is a need to convert PIDA into an African Infrastructure Bank in order to help Africa achieve its infrastructure and developmental goals rapidly.

Global Peace Index Released

South Africa ranks 136 out of 162 countries in this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) and 37 out of 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the index, the economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of South Africa’s levels of violence was estimated to cost the national economy US$66.7 billion in 2014.

Published by the global think tank, Institute for Economics and Peace, the index also finds that escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of global violence containment.

NERSA Urged to Reject Eskom’s Tariff Bid

South Africa’s Catholic bishops say it is unfair to pass on the burden of Eskom failures to customers‚ especially the poor.

For this reason‚ the church’s Commission for Justice and Peace is calling on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to reject Eskom’s electricity tariff request 25.3 percent for the 2015/2016 financial year.

“Eskom’s crisis is a result of poor management and cumulative lack of political will to tackle the energy crisis in a comprehensive and sustainable manner‚” says commissioner chairperson, Bishop Gabuza.

Africa a Step Closer to Realising Free Trading Zone

Africa has taken a step closer to realising a free trading zone in the continent that will open up the market for member states.

Heads of states and government signed an agreement that month in Egypt that will pave the way for a single customs union in the continent.

The third tripartite summit which includes the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the East African Community (EAC), concluded its mission and promised to fast track the integration of the African economy.

Mugabe Denounces Xenophobia at AU Summit

Zimbabwean President and African Union chairperson, Robert Mugabe, has urged African countries to work together to eradicate xenophobic attacks similar to the spate of violence experienced in South Africa in recent months.

Mugabe is of the view that while condemning the recent spate of barbaric violence targeted at foreign nationals, Africans should be cognisant of the fact that xenophobia is a problem that falls upon all of us and “we should work together to find a solution.”

Embassy of France in South Africa - Civil Society Development Fund

The Embassy of France in South Africa allocates project-based grants to South African CSOs implementing projects in the field of access to basic services and promotion of Human rights. The call for applications closes on 13 July 2015.

The Civil Society Development Fund (CSDF), an initiative of the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.

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