Rural development

Call for Comment on the Provision of Land and Assistance Amendment Bill

Participation Junction, 29 June 2008.

The National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Agriculture and Land Affairs is requesting public comment on the Provision of Land and Assistance Amendment Bill.

The Bill aims to amend the Provision of Land and Assistance Act, 1993 by clarifying and extending the application of the provisions on the acquisition, planning, development, improvement and disposal of property and the provision of financial assistance for land reform purposes.

Mokonyane Defends Housing for Foreigners

Business Day, 25 June 2008. 

Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane says the government will continue to allocate low-cost houses to foreigners with permanent residence permits as it is policy and South Africans had not objected to the policy.

Mokonyane pointed out that it is government’s policy to deliver services to all legal residents who qualify, without any discrimination.

Your Wild Oats (or Mine)

Your wild oats (or mine)
these we see around us
doing their thing
articulating what they do

Your wild oats (or mine)
pledging their loyalties
to emperor and fatherland
for better or for worse

Your wild oats (or mine)
laying themselves down
on the (party) line they toe
in the name of all things

Your wild oats (or mine)
prepared to go to war
prepared to make war
back to the bush (mentality)

The Livehood Assessment Toolkit

The Livehood Assessment Toolkit aims to assess the impact of disasters on the livelihoods of people and the capacity and opportunities for recovery and increased resilience to future events. Produced by Food and Agriculture Organisation, this toolkit is comprised of four volumes providing an introduction and tools to address baseline studies, initial assessment, and post disaster assessment.

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UN Distributes Food and Clean Water to Sudan's Displaced People

All Africa, 20 May 2008.

United Nations (UN) agencies and NGOs have started distributing food and clean water to tens of thousands of people who fled fighting in the disputed Sudanese town of Abyei.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Southern Sudan, David Greesly, notes that "A total of five food centres are being set up covering some 18 villages. We are also providing clean water and health care to the displaced people."

Local Democracy in Action

Local Democracy in Action: A Civil Society Perspective on Local Governance in South Africa is the culmination of eighteen months of research by the members of the network. The project has sought to produce a civil society-based assessment of the key challenges, debates and areas of progress with regard to local governance and development in South Africa, and to provide local government policy-makers and practitioners with practical recommendations to improve policy, guidelines, systems and interventions where necessary.

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