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Egypt sentences senior official to12 years

31 January 2019

An Egyptian court has sentenced the deputy governor of the country's second-largest city to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.

The Cairo criminal court also sentenced Souad el-Kholy, deputy governor of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, to a one-year suspended sentence for bribery, profiteering and squandering public funds on Wednesday.

The court acquitted five local businessmen in the same case
 

DRC seeks UN help against Rwanda rebels on border

31 January 2019 
 

Democratic Republic of Congo's government has asked its UN peacekeeping mission for help against Rwandan rebels planning operations against Rwanda from inside Congolese territory, the UN said on Wednesday.

Leila Zerrougui, chief of the UN mission known as MONUSCO, said Kinshasa asked in a letter for peacekeepers to "thwart" FDLR Hutu rebels who were mustering in an eastern province near Rwanda's border.

 

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Zimbabwean lawyers march to demand a return to the rule of law

29 January 2019 
 

Hundreds of lawyers dressed in their black gowns marched in Harare’s city centre to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday to call for the immediate restoration of the rule of law and order in Zimbabwe.

The march was organised by the Law Society of Zimbabwe, the largest body of legal practitioners across the country.

The march comes after the group said it had noted a worrying trend across the sections of the judiciary, where their clients were being denied bail and there was a surge in the fast-tracking of trials.
 

Zimbabwe's public sector union backs down on strike

31 January 2019

Zimbabwe's umbrella public sector union has backed down from plans for a national strike, an official said on Thursday, citing the volatile situation in the country after violent protests this month were met by a security crackdown.

Wage negotiations between the government and the Apex Council, which represents 17 public sector unions, broke down on Wednesday. The unions then met to decide a date for a strike and announce it this week but the talks ended in disarray.

Death toll at 52 after migrant boats sink off Djibouti

31 January 2019 

The death toll from the sinking of two boats carrying migrants to Yemen from Djibouti rose to 52 on Thursday, the UN migration agency said, appealing to regional leaders to take action to stop such tragedies.

Rescuers working in Djibouti's northeastern Obock region continued to recover bodies on the Horn of Africa nation's coast following the capsizing of the two boats earlier this week.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE LEARNING : Mobile Technology

How not to trip up on the digital highway: Lessons from social innovators developing e-platforms.

Almost every household in South Africa has access to a mobile phone. This has transformed the face of social development, with many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) embracing mobile technology to connect with their target audiences. In this learning brief, we explore the diverse opportunities – but also challenges – that come with using mobile platforms to drive social change.

Mapping out the mobile space in SA: Mobi sites, mobile apps and bypassing the high cost of data.

SA connect reaches Limpopo

The Department of Communications (DOC) and state entity Broadband Infraco are working together to rollout broadband services in Limpopo's Vhembe district.

According to the DOC, the broadband project forms part of SA Connect and its vision to build capable skills for the impending fourth industrial revolution.

Led by Pinky Kekana, DOC deputy minister, the broadband project in Limpopo will connect four public facilities, provide ICT equipment to three schools, as well as introduce a cyber-security outreach programme in that area, according to the department.

Let's protect SA from corruption: President

30 January 2019 

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday said corruption in government and in business must be harshly dealt with.

President Ramaphosa was responding to a report that listed South Africa among the countries with the highest corruption levels.South Africa ranked 73rd out of 180 countries that participated in a Transparency International (TI) survey - which ranks participating countries according to their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector.

Comply with the NMW Act or be shamed

30 January 2019

Names of employers who fail to comply with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act will be published on the Department of Labour’s website.

“Shaming such employers will ensure they are recognized as people intent on defying the state. This will go on to ensure that they will not be able to do business with government,” the Department’s Chief for Statutory Services Fikiswa Mncanca said on Wednesday.
 

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