Governance and democracy

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.

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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.
 

AU Summit to sign free trade treaty without Nigeria

African Union (AU) chairperson Paul Kagame on Tuesday gave a strong indication yet that member states will sign the treaty to create the continental free trade area even if the continent's most-populated country, Nigeria, withdraws from the meeting.

At least 53 African Heads of States have gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the AU to consider the legal instruments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) and also launch the agreement officially to establish the treaty.

Statement: World NGO Day

On the 27th February, we commemorated the World Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) day. As we were celebrating this day we marked the outstanding work done by the sector in protecting and respecting fundamental human rights. Marking this day is important, more so as we acknowledge the role that the NGOs are playing in contributing to quality service delivery to our communities and strengthening our democratic governance.
 

Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle

 President Cyril Ramphosa announced significant changes to his Cabinet on Monday. 

He also appointed Mpumalanga Premier and ANC deputy president David "DD" Mabuza as deputy president of the country. Mabuza will be sworn in as an MP on Tuesday.

Here follows a list of new ministers, those that have been fired and those who were moved.

To read the article titled, "Who is in and who is out: Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle" click here

SONA Postponed

The South African State of the Nation Address that was set to take place on Thursday has been postponed, it was announced on Tuesday.

A new date will be announced, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said. 

Mbete was addressing journalists outside Parliament to announce the official postponement of SONA. She was with Thandi Modise, the chairperson of the National Council Of Provinces.

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Afrikaans School Accuses Dept of Unlawful Placements of Pupils

An Afrikaans high school in Vereeniging has accused that the Gauteng Education Department of unlawfully admitting 55 English-speaking pupils to the school, adding that there is adequate capacity at English schools in the feeder area.

Hoërskool Overvaal has challenged the department’s decision, saying that they don’t have capacity to accommodate the learners.

The matter is being heard in the High Court in Pretoria. The 2018 school academic programme starts next Wednesday.

The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

Non-governmental organisations have become key actors in responding to poverty and related suffering. In Africa, NGOs play a leading role in providing health care and education.

The non-profit sector continues to grow rapidly in Africa and around the world. In South Africa alone, there are more than 100,000 registered non-profit organisations and in Kenya the number of NGOs grew by over 400% between 1997 and 2006. And for most observers, they seem to be well-intentioned actors who do a lot of good on the continent.

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