Development

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.

Communities Challenge the Restitution of Land Rights Act

Civil Society will head to the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein to challenge the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act.

Former Director of Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), Constance Mogale, explains that the organisation’s disapproval of the Act comes as 8 000 claims that are still not finalised.

50 communities will hold a night vigil at the Constitutional Court to voice their disapproval of the timing of the new process.

The Act re-opened the land restitution process for another five years.

26th AU Summit: Time to Take the APRM off Life Support?

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – launched in 2002 with so much fanfare and hope by continental leaders such as South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo – is faltering. The last reports of the African Union’s governance programme into member countries’ performances in political, economic, corporate and social governance were conducted back in 2011 and issued in 2013, on Zambia and Tanzania.

CPI Index Shows that South Africa is Holding Tragedy

Transparency International’s (TI) authoritative Corruption Perceptions index (CPI) 2015 released today, 27 January 2016, shows South Africa’s score of 44 on the index remains unchanged from 2014, while the rank has shifted favourably from 67th to 61st, indicating that perceptions around the extent of corruption in South Africa are stabilising somewhat. 

Grants for Malawi Disability Oriented NGOs

United States of America (USA) Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, has awarded K59.5 million grants to nine organisations working with people with disabilities across Malawi through the Ambassador's HIV and AIDS Small Grants Fund.

Palmer says that the organisations are implementing programmes which help to promote access to health services, adding that the grants are given directly to beneficiaries in the communities.

SACC: Inequality Worse than at End of Apartheid

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says it plans to tackle the challenges and imbalances in the country through a campaign called ‘The South Africa We Pray For’‚ stating that research it commissioned shows that inequality today is far greater than it was at the end of apartheid.

The organisations says that this prayer and action campaign‚ to be launched at a special Reconciliation Day service on 16 December 2015‚ will see the church taking an active role in addressing the societal imbalances currently experienced in a post-apartheid South Africa.

Batshu: NGOs Crucial in Development

Botswana’s Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, says the government appreciates the role played by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in augmenting efforts to develop the disadvantaged and marginalised countrymen.

Batshu, who officially opened the NGOs Council and inaugural stakeholder's forum, said some of the civil society organisations' presence could be traced back to independence.

UN Warns Against Cutting Development Aid

The United Nation (UN) Chief has warned against proposed cuts in development assistance from some of the world’s wealthiest countries primarily over the refugee crisis facing large parts of Europe.

Ban Ki-moon called for enhanced international development assistance as the world builds towards realising the post-2015 development agenda.

As countries in Europe grapple with an unrelenting migration and refugee crisis, concerns from the UN that monies for long-standing development initiatives will dry up.

NGOs Urged to Deal With Corruption First

Zimbabwe’s local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwe, says civil society activists have no business in auditing national programmes such as the youth fund because no one audit NGOs when they loot donor funds.

Kasukuwere was heading the indigenisation ministry in 2009 when government, with the assistance of Old Mutual, disbursed US$11 million for youths' projects which 97 percent of the beneficiaries failed to repay.

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