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e-Toll Equipment Unreliable – OUTA

Anti e-toll group, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says that it has ‘plenty of evidence’ indicating the Gauteng tolling equipment is unreliable.

This comes after roads agency, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) warns that high value corporate e-toll defaulters that they would be issued summonses this week.

However, OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, argues that there can be no consensus for e-toll defaulters.

Govt Urged to Fund NGOs

DTA president, McHenry Venaani, says it is no longer acceptable that 25 years after Independence that foreign donors are the only ones funding non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Namibia.

Venaani made the remark at parliament when he met with a group of about 10 different Namibian NGOs to discuss poverty eradication.

Venaani says African governments must start owning up to the work of NGOs, adding that, “Political parties are very strained on the ground. We are present, but our presence does not cover those social sectors.”

Youth for Survival's Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.

2016 - Time to Recalibrate, Think!

The nonprofit sector is claiming it is entering another funding crisis yet not defining the root cause or coming up with a plan B or C. A business term for defining a crisis is: “A critical event or point of decision that, if not handled in an appropriate manner (or if not handled at all) may turn into a disaster or catastrophe.”
 

Fellowship Aims at Grade 12 Learners

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is sponsoring a fellowship programme for the first time to Namibian Grade 12 pupils and first-year university students.

The application states that aimed at building entrepreneurship within young people, the foundation wants to identify, educate and equip ‘demographically diverse individuals who have the potential to excel and make a significant future impact as high impact responsible entrepreneurs’.

Malawi Government Angered by NGOs

Malawi government has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of causing problems in the agriculture sector since they roll out projects without consulting relevant sectors.

District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) for Chiradzulu Sheila Kang’ombe says some NGOs do not follow government policies when implementing development projects.

SANRAL to Increase Toll Fees

Just in time for the Easter holidays and long weekends, roads agency, the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) is increasing its toll fees.

Although the government’s new financial year starts in April, the new tolls all kick in from 1 March 2016, which means they will be in time to catch holiday traffic over two long weekends in March, Human Rights Day on Monday (21 March), and the Easter weekend which starts on Friday, 25 March.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says the increases were between 2-8 percent.

SANRAL Warned Over ‘Rent-A-Thug’ Tactic

The latest tactic adopted by the South African Roads Agency (SANRAL) of appointing a debt collection firm to ‘hound’ people for payment of e-tolls could well backfire on it‚ Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) cautions.

The organisation joins the Automobile Association (AA) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) – formerly known as the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance – in condemning threatening SMS messages being sent to motorists.

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