Governance and democracy

​R250m Donation a Boost for KNP

The South African National Parks has used the R250 million donated by American philanthropist and businessman, Howard G Buffet, to help boost measures to protect the Kruger National Park (KNP) from poachers.

Major general, Johan Jooste, head of the anti-poaching operations, points out that, “The park has upgraded their protection by upgrading ranger points by enabling them to operate helicopters, house the K9 dogs and the training of the rangers, making sure that their equipment is up to scratch.”

​Zuma Urged to Act on Gordhan-Hawks Saga

President Jacob Zuma says that while he supports his embattled Finance Minster‚ Pravin Gordhan, his hands are tied when it comes to intervening between the Hawks and the minister. 

Helen Suzman Foundation’s Piet Olivier points out that while the president cannot interfere with specific investigations or prosecutions‚ he has plenty of power to oversee the Hawks.

​SA Commended on Child Support Grants

According to Tessa Hochfeld, welfare services in South Africa are delivered both by the state and by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Hochfeld points out that this is common in developing countries where states rely on NGO support to deliver welfare services due to capacity and funding limitations.

However, she says the quality of services available has been eroded over the last five years, especially in the NGO sector which is increasingly financially embattled.

She adds: “Community needs have long outstripped available programmes, which are shrinking.”

Call for Independent Inquiry at Eskom

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is calling for is calling for an independent inquiry into the financial management and auditing controls at the utility, following claims by Carte Blanche of “gross irregularities, overspending, maladministration and possible corruption” at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme hydroelectric power station on the border of Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

Will the Zambian Poll Results Trigger a Constitutional Crisis?

The results of Zambia’s historic five-ballot election are threatening to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. This month, the opposition filed a petition in the Constitutional Court challenging the validity of the results. The poll was a crucial test for Zambia’s new constitution, which was amended and adopted earlier this year.

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.


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