Governance and democracy

IPPs Have Benefits for SA: NGO

Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa, says renewable Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have benefits for the country.

The organisation’s project coordinator, Dominique Doyle, says it is a poor decision for the country as a whole, as rollout of renewable energy projects were successful in bringing electricity to the grid speedily and faster than coal.

Activists Call for Protection of White Lions

The chief executive officer of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, Linda Tucker, says very few white lions are still roaming freely in South Africa.

Wildlife activists are calling on the world to preserve and protect rare white lions before they are extinct.

This comes as South Africa prepares to host 2016 Convention for the International Trade of Engendered Species, Cites in September.

What is at Stake for New Councils in South Africa?

The eight percent decline in the voters’ support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party between 2011 and 2016 represents a fundamental shift in South African politics.
 
Much has been written on the implications for the ANC and the country, but a significant and underreported short-term impact relates to the implications for budget expenditure and service delivery at a local level.
 

One of the Biggest Vaccination Drives Ever is Underway to Beat Yellow Fever

A yellow fever outbreak in parts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to more than 400 deaths since December 2015. The United Nations has embarked on a massive vaccination campaign with the aim of reaching 14 million people.

What makes this vaccination campaign different or unique?

This is one of the largest vaccination efforts to contain an ongoing outbreak ever undertaken.

Govt Winning Fight Against Drug Addiction

The chief health officer in the Ministry of Health, Setshwano Mokgwetsinyana, says Botswana has made strides in addressing drug addiction.
 
This shows in, among others, the funding of 12 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) offering rehabilitation throughout the country.
 
Mokgwetsinyana says the NGOs are funded from the alcohol levy fund, making the revelation at the official launch of training for nationals on the fight against drug abuse held at the Masa Square Hotel in Gaborone.
 

Zim Crisis Affects Mostly Youth

Non-governmental organisation, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), says the country’s youth find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 
The organisations states that the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has affected mostly the country’s youth, who find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 

NGOs Find Filipinos Among Trafficked Fishermen

In one of Africa’s largest ports, in Cape Town, South Africa, many boats come for fuel and repairs.
 
Many of the fishermen on these boats are from Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, and they are victims of abuse and forced labour.
 
Dane Duplessis, chaplain with the charity Biblia, a South African Christian non-governmental organisation, found six Filipinos, including Alex (surname withheld), a 32-year old Filipino who told him about their plight.
 

Youth Loses Interest in Politics – Survey

A survey by Afrobarometer shows that the youth in Africa are losing interest in politics.
 
Joseph Maniragena partnership officer at African Monitor says that, “Young people see politicians as corrupt people and therefore they are not inspired. Young people‚ specifically in South Africa‚ don't see any change. Political parties come during elections ... After elections‚ politicians don't come back.”
 

Foundation Clarifies Rumours Around Mbeki

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says it is still being inundated with queries regarding the health of the former president.
 
This follows reports on what has been described as a ‘dubious website’ that Mbeki had died.
 
It is regrettable that some media outlets, including public broadcasters on the continent, have reported on the hoax as fact without reference to the foundation or accredited South African Embassies and High Commissions in their countries.
 

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