Development

​NGO Discovers ‘Very Poor’ Family in Limpopo

A Filthy worn-out mattress on beer crates is the only item resembling a bed inside a dilapidated two-room structure shared by 15 members of a family living in Limpopo.

The family's plight was recently discovered by a land rights organisation, Nkuzi Development Association, which is now trying to seek intervention from various provincial government departments.

​Companies Push Back Against Environmentalists Business/International

Climate activists seeking to pull investors into their camp are pushing Exxon Mobil and Chevron to limit money spent on exploration in favour of higher dividends and more share buybacks.
 
Shareholders will vote on proposals that would urge the two biggest United States oil producers to cut what they spend opening up new oil fields and instead hand the money to investors.
 
Environmental critics say future climate rules will soon make it unprofitable to pump.
 

How to Help Courts Play their Part in Balancing Government Spending

South Africa’s Bill of Rights enshrines a number of socioeconomic rights. These are crucial for creating a more equal society and include the rights of access to healthcare services, sufficient food and water, social assistance and adequate housing. Their aim is to help everyone lead a dignified life.

​Zambia to Revise the NGO Act

Zambia’s Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Emerine Kabanshi, says government is revising the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Act No 15 of 2009 in order to enhance Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) participation in service delivery.
 
Kabanshi says CSOs play a critical role in fostering economic development in the country as well as uplifting the living standards of the less-privileged people in society.
 

​‘Low Uptake’: Extension of e-Toll Debt Discount

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says the 10-day extension of a 60 percent discount offer on outstanding e-toll debt is to be expected.
 
OUTA says the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) “recent legal summonsing of a few handpicked e-toll defaulters” – which it describes as an attempt to spook the public - appeared to have failed.
 

Sweden to Fund Three Zambian NGOs

The Swedish government has entered into an agreement with three non-governmental organisations in which it will provide funding for various works.
 
IM Swedish Development Partner will provide funding to the - Zambia National Education Council, Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council and Civil Society for Poverty Reduction - that the funding will help her organisation complete its work in Muchinga and Northern Provinces.
 

​SANRAL Trying to 'Lipstick a Pig' - OUTA

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says it doubts claims by road authorities that 300 000 people had taken up the e-toll discount dispensation of 60 percent.
 
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, says: “Anything short of R2.5 billion collected or committed for collection, will still mean the system will have only pushed compliance up to roughly 50 percent.”
 

Redefining Philanthropy on the African Continent

We caught up with the executive manager and head of the Policy & Programme Unit at the Southern Africa Trust (the Trust), McBride Nkhalamba, to talk about this latest development and find out what this project is about and how the trust will be getting involved.

Q.  Can you tell a bit about the idea of African Philanthropy?

A. Our interest in this philanthropy is in specific relation to development financing - finding and developing alternative sources of development financing.

​Illicit Outflows: Calls for Banks to Play their Part

Former president Thabo Mbeki is calling on central banks, civil society and heads of state to play their part in curbing illicit outflows, which are estimated at US$90 billion a year on the African continent.

Speaking to the media during a briefing at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Mbeki said the commercial sector is responsible for two thirds of capital illicit outflows - money leaving the continent illegally.

Mbeki said that money was leaving the continent through a number of ways including: base erosion/profit shifting, misinvoicing and tax havens.

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