Governance and democracy

​Number of People With Cancer on the Increase

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation has noted that currently there are more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide and there are nearly 14.5 million people living with cancer in the United States.

The increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer leads to an increased number of people living with many kinds of consequences.

Head at the Cancer Association of South Africa, Magdalene Seguin, says around 16 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer over the next 14 years.

South African Warned Over NHI Policy



Doctors' organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have warned that South Africa could face a mass exodus of doctors if the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy is implemented in its present format.

They have also warned about the cost, saying how it will be funded has not been made clear.

They were responding to the Health Department's white paper on the NHI - intended to bridge the gap between private and public healthcare.

​NGO Discovers ‘Very Poor’ Family in Limpopo

A Filthy worn-out mattress on beer crates is the only item resembling a bed inside a dilapidated two-room structure shared by 15 members of a family living in Limpopo.

The family's plight was recently discovered by a land rights organisation, Nkuzi Development Association, which is now trying to seek intervention from various provincial government departments.

Call for Child Protection to be a Year-Long Commitment

The Department of Social Development says it is working on making child protection a year-long commitment.

The department’s director-general, Connie Nxumalo, points out that children need to be protected as they are the future of any country.

Government and civil society say they plan to spend the next seven days – during the Child Protection Week to pay attention to some of the difficult issues faced by South Africa's youth.

Zimbabwe Grants Amnesty to Female, Youth Prisoners

According to a Zimbabwean pro-democracy non-governmental organisation, "... There has been an upsurge of intra-party violence within ZANU PF as President Robert Mugabe's loyalists bay for the blood of his perceived opponents.

The NGO, which fears recent remarks by the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, could further worsen the situation, stated that Zimbabwe has a holding capacity of 17 000, but has been holding over 19 900 prisoners.

The organisation believes that the pardon will go a long way in helping to provide better conditions for the inmates that remain incarcerated.

Diaspora, NGO Remittances Decline 16 Percent

Remittances - of both Diaspora and non-governmental organisations flows - into Zimbabwe fell 16 percent in the first quarter to US$192.9 million against US$231.4 million recorded in the same period a year ago.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the slowdown is attributed to slow recovery in global and regional economic activity while the stronger United States dollar also meant that remittances from countries such as South Africa would have a much lower value if converted.

‘Pockets of Disasters’ and Essential Resources for Schools

The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 - 2014 Report[2] released by Statistics South Africa paints a rather bleak picture for black and coloured youth. The report indicates that there has been a decline in bachelor degree completion rates among black African and coloured students since the mid-1990s, with less than four percent graduating from university.  Education levels are linked to jobs. It is thus twice as hard for black African and coloured graduates to secure a job over their white peers according to the Report.

​Outcry Over Ban of LGBT Groups From AIDS Summit

Human rights advocates from major Western nations and organisations are protesting against a United Nations decision to bar 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affiliated groups from taking part in a high-level United Nations AIDS conference next month.
Because the 193-member U.N. General Assembly operates by consensus, the countries calling for the ban - Russia, Tanzania and 52 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – are not required to give an explanation.

​NGOs Welcomes the Withdrawal of NPRC

Zimbabwean non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have welcomed the withdrawal of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Bill from Parliament following MPs' adverse report.
Both the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) and Heal Zimbabwe say the development is an opportunity for people's concerns to be factored into the proposed law.


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