Development

OUTA Unveils Shocking Facts About SAA Contractor

 

Civil rights body, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has presented proof that BnP Capital, which has a contract with South African Airways (SAA), have its Financial Services Board (FSB) licence revoked.

OUTA director of legal affairs, Advocate Ivan Herselman, points out that, "We have learnt that the FSB licence of BnP Capital has been suspended."

He was speaking in Johannesburg, a day after OUTA said it planned to interdict the contract between SAA and BnP Capital, and will take further litigation procedures against SAA board members.

Silicosis and Tuberculosis on the Gold Mines

Many people have lost loved ones due to awful diseases such as silicosis and tuberculosis. Silicosis is a lung disease that is incurable. It is caused by inhaling silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over a prolonged period. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, fever and chest pains. People often confuse silicosis with tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Like silicosis it also affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body as well.

The fallacy of CSO Engagement: Reflections from the Just Ended AfDB Annual Meetings in Lusaka

The dust has settled on what was a well-attended – 4 000 delegate strong - largely successful annual meetings of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The annual meetings held in Lusaka this May marked the 51st convening of such nature. Next year’s meetings are pegged to be held - outside the continent - at Ahmedabad, west of New Delhi, in India and in Busan, South Korea in 2018, that’s a debate for another day.
 

​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.
 

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