Development

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.

OUTA Has Cash for SANRAL’s Court War

Organisation Uniting Against Tax Abuse (OUTA) says it has enough money to assist its members sued for outstanding e-tolls.
 
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenhage, says the organisation gets contributions from ‘thousands of people’ and ‘hundreds of businesses’ every month and has set money aside for e-toll litigation.
 
Duvenhage would however not disclose the amount, because he fears the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), fighting with taxpayers’ money, would stretch out the legal process in an effort to deplete OUTA’s funds.
 

SANRAL Criticises OUTA Over e-Tolls

Civil society group, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), is standing by its report that the cost of upgrading Gauteng freeways was grossly overpriced at R17 billion.

This comes after the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) accused OUTA of misleading the public in a position paper that said the money spent on upgrading Gauteng freeways was inflated at the expense of taxpayers.

Motorists Get Final e-Toll Demand Letters

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says that letters of final demand have been sent to Gauteng motorists who have boycotted paying their e-toll fees.

The anti-toll body says it was informed that road agency SANRAL has started serving people with letters demanding payment.

The stresses that, “We would like to highlight that letters of final demand should not be confused with a summons, as it is a low commitment step that does not officially initiate legal proceedings.”

Motorists Get Final e-Toll Demand Letters

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says that letters of final demand have been sent to Gauteng motorists who have boycotted paying their e-toll fees.

The anti-toll body says it was informed that road agency SANRAL has started serving people with letters demanding payment.

The stresses that, “We would like to highlight that letters of final demand should not be confused with a summons, as it is a low commitment step that does not officially initiate legal proceedings.”

SANEF Slams Attack on Journalists

The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has condemned the attack on two journalists from The Citizen newspaper, as well as on activists, after the funeral of slain anti-mining activist, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe.

Two of The Citizen’s journalists and two anti-mining activists were beaten at the funeral of Rhadebe on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast at a remote village near Mbizana on Saturday, 2 April 2016.

Rhadebe died in a hail of bullets two weeks ago when he was attacked by hitmen, apparently for his continued resistance to

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