Governance and democracy

Zim economic crisis

11 October 2018

A showdown is looming in Zimbabwe on Thursday as labour unions have vowed to go ahead with planned protests against the country’s continued economic crisis. This is despite a police ban on account of fears of a fresh cholera outbreak.

Zimbabwe’s largest trade union, the Zimbabwe Congress Trade Union (ZCTU) called for national protests on Thursday as the country’s economic crisis worsened, AFP reported.

The ZCTU said the strike was triggered by sharp price hikes, a new tax on electronic transactions and daily shortages ranging from fuel to drugs.

French MPs adopt 'fake news' bill

10 October 2018

French lawmakers on Wednesday adopted two bills to prevent the spread of false information during election campaigns following allegations of Russian meddling in the 2017 presidential vote.

The “fake news” bills enable a candidate or political party to seek a court injunction preventing the publication of “false information” during the three months leading up to a national election.

Punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday allowing punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections, two years after Russia allegedly meddled on his behalf in the presidential campaign.

The order sets up a formal process to put financial penalties and blocks both on actors seen trying to hack into voting systems and those spreading disinformation through media and online - both of which took place in the 2016 election.

To read the article titled "Trump signs order permitting sanctions for foreign election meddling" click here 

South Africa ICC membership

Almost two years after first announcing its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), it remains unclear whether South Africa will exit the Rome Statute system.

Last December, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told a meeting of ICC member-states that the country was forging ahead with withdrawal.

 A few weeks ago, however, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu insisted that no final decision had been made.

In the meantime, Jacob Zuma has been replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa as South African President

SA owed millions : State Capture

On Sunday evening global consultancy Bain & Company unexpectedly announced it was setting aside the R164 million it earned for restricting the operational model of the SA Revenue Service (SARS) as it did not deliver “sustainable, positive” results. 

This followed two days of testimony from partner Vittorio Massone at the Nugent commission of Inquiry, who has since stepped down from his role as managing partner and will now focus on cooperating with the commission.

Is CSI Spend Making Any Difference?

It is becoming customary for those working in the social investment sector to raise, or to be asked, this question: “Billions of rands have been spent over the past decade, but what difference has this made?”

It is not surprising that, 20 years into our young democracy, people are restless, having hoped for more significant transformational change that would address the legacies of an inequitable educational system, huge social inequality and the alarming youth unemployment rate – or ‘neets’ (not in employment, education or training), as these young people are now referred to.

Kidnapping in eastern DRC

At least 20 civilians have been kidnapped since the weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a stronghold of multiple armed groups, officials said on Wednesday.

The kidnappings are understood to have begun on Friday, some 75km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

"They have been taken between last weekend and today in different locations," said Jason Ntawiha, an official in the town of Rutshuru.

Keita to run for re-election

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will run for re-election in July, his office said on its Twitter account Monday.

The 73-year-old leader had been widely expected to seek a second five-year term in the troubled Sahel nation.

The election is set for July 29, with a second round planned for August 12 if no candidate obtains an absolute majority of votes.

To read the article titled, "Mali president to run for re-election" click here

EU to observe Zimbabwe polls

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe's general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country.

The EU and Zimbabwe's government signed a memorandum on Monday outlining guidelines for election monitors.

Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.

Youth Service as a Solution

Many countries around the world are struggling with the ‘how to’ in implementing effective policies and interventions to address the multitude of challenges facing young people today, particularly the poor and marginalised who are generally out of school and out of work. From high levels of youth unemployment to increasing rates of alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and growing rates of new HIV/AIDS infections, these challenges represent enormous economic and social costs to society.
 

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