Rural development

Faith Based Organisations and NGOs Critise Land Reform Hold-Ups

AllAfrica.com, 2 July 2007.

At a recent conference called by the South African Council of Churches, faith-based organisations and NGOs voiced their disappointment with the lack of progress in land reform as mapped by the government’s National Land Summit two years ago.

The conference was attended by the Human Rights Commission and more that 50 community based organisations who called for a review of the Extension of Security Tenure Act.

Mufamadi Speaks Out on Service Delivery Protests

IRIN, 19 June 2007.

The Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi has described the rash of service delivery protests throughout the country since 2004 as a consequence of the successes of the government, not its failures.

Mufamadi was responding to a recent report by the Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE) which blamed an allegedly insensitive and unresponsive political elite for the often violent  protests over service delivery.

NGOs and Unions Walk Out of Land Reform Negotiations

The Sunday Independent, 18 June 2007.

Rural NGOs and unions have walked out of land-reform negotiations set up in the wake of the 2005 National Land Summit, accusing the government of marginalising them.

In a strongly worded report to the Department of Land Affairs (DLA), land and rural community organisations argue that the processes set up last year to give effect to the Land Summit’ resolutions and fast-track land reform have collapsed.

Reinstate Dismissed Health Workers – TAC Urges Govt

TAC Newsletter, 12 June 2007. 

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says it is appalled by the dismissal of public sector workers,  especially nurses  and appeals to authorities to reverse the decision.

In a letter addressed to the Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, and Western Cape MEC for Health Pierre Uys, the organisation argues that the dismissals are unlawful. 

Village Uses Tin Cans to Cut Back on Costs

The Star, 11 June 2007.

In the effort to ensure that lack of infrastructure does not make them fall behind in technology, one rural community has converted tin cans into antennas which enable local villagers who have computers to access the internet free of charge.

Through the use of these converted tin cans, the rural community living in the Peebles Valley, outside White River in Mpumalanga, has also enabled a small rural Aids hospice and a clinic to cut their monthly phone bills from R3 000 to R0.

Zimbabwe’s Service Delivery Dilemma and Corruption

IRIN News, 30 May 2007. 

Zimbabwe’s urban residents have to grease the palms of officials to ensure they can get access to even dysfunctional services.

The residents, who besides having to contend with leaking water pipes and frequent power outages, say they are facing the twin evil of a continuously deteriorating service delivery system and corrupt officials.

The Role of Local Government in HIV/AIDS

According to statistics by South Africa’s Department of Health, an estimated 5.4 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2006. Since its discovery more than twenty years ago, it has become increasingly clear that HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious and important challenges that the world, and particularly those in the developing world, have ever had to face.

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