The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland is a platform for leaders in politics and business to debate and chart the way forward on global matters, but it also offers a crucial window for the NGO sector to interact and get buy-in for their initiatives.
After 20 years of democracy, 14 million citizens still go to bed hungry every night, while less than half the number of households in the country consistently have enough food to eat.
According to James Jonas, spokesperson for the Food Sovereignty Campaign, an organisation that provided the statistics, South Africans are starving partly because of exorbitant food prices.
Electronic payments company Net1 UEPS Technologies has more time to continue carrying out a social grant tender amid a Constitutional Court decision to suspend a bidding deadline.
In April last year, the Constitutional Court ordered that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) re-issue the country’s R10 billion grant tender, which was awarded to Net1 division Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in 2012.
Government is planning to introduce social assistance to unemployed South Africans between the ages of 19 and 59 who do not receive support from government.
However, it is not clear yet whether this will be in the form of a grant, but Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says government must ensure unemployed people in this age group were able to put food on the table every day.
Dlamini was quoted as saying that government has focused on social relief mainly for malnourished children, but the reality is South Africa has malnourished adults in South Africa too.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in Lilongwe district have formed a network aimed at mobilising and coordinating the organisations to ensure smooth and proper coordination of their activities.
Constantine Mulinde of Concern World Wide, whose organisation is the network's vice chair, says the Lilongwe Civil Society Organisations Network (LICSOnet) has been established as a platform for all NGOs operating in the district to share information and experiences.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says Gauteng e-tolls system must be scrapped.
COSATU general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, states that the federation will ask for a meeting with the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, over the controversial e-tolls.
Vavi argues that e-tolls are not working and are an expensive way of collecting and paying for debts.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says nothing but a decision to mothball Gauteng's controversial e-toll system will heal the rift of trust which has arisen between the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) and the public.
Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Lebogang Maile, says the country's large inequality gap is what contributes to criminality in townships.
In an interview with the Mail & Guardian, Maile, said inequality reflected more than just unemployment and the wealth gap but led to deep social issues such as drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy and criminality.
The World Bank has assured of assisting Malawi with US$50 million to help in maintaining areas that were affected by the recent floods.
Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, points out that, “The [World] Bank decided to help the country having considered the diverse impact of the flooding and the desperate need for a quick response."
Gondwe says that apart from assisting those affected with the calamity, the money will also be used in rebuilding damaged roads, bridges, schools and houses of people affected.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has refuted a newspaper report quoting him saying e-toll bills must be paid in adherence to the government's decision.
In a press statement, Makhura spokesperson, Nino Zama, points out that, "At no point did the premier say ‘motorists should pay because government has an upper hand’.”
Zama states that Makhura has always maintained the view that people must continue to pay for e-tolls, as we find a lasting solution.