Development

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.

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.

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