NGOs Advise on Constitution Review

Forum Syd has finished compiling a report after close monitoring of the activities of Tanzania’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).

According to acting director, Athanas Evarist, the organisation, in collaboration with Actions for Democracy and Local Governance, has offered the CRC with constructive ideas.

Oxfam Italia: Associate Country Director - South Africa

Oxfam Italia, which became part of Oxfam international confederation in 2010, builds upon its previous work as Ucodep, an Italian non-governmental organisation committed with passion and professionalism, since over 30 years, to improve the living conditions of thousands of poor people in the world, to give them the power to shape their future, to control and direct their own life and to exercise their rights.

Tutu Criticises Govt for ‘Losing the Plot’

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says the government has lost the plot to the extent that the education of children in some places is almost worse than during apartheid.

Tutu points out that, “We have let people down in so far as you have an elite that has done very well for themselves, have got quite rich. The bulk of the people are still where they where [during apartheid], sometimes worse off.”

COSATU Adamant on e-Tolls

Labour federation, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) hopes the contentious Gauteng freeway e-tolling system will be discussed at the ruling party's elective congress in Mangaung in December 2012.

COSATU spokesperson, Patrick Craven, states that the federation hopes that delegates to the African National Congress (ANC) national conference in Mangaung will agree with COSATU that tolling is not a fair or efficient way of raising money for road improvements.

Anti-Apartheid Activist Slams the ANC

Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele has slammed the African National Congress (ANC) for its backing of the Traditional Courts Bill, sky-high unemployment and the appalling standard of education.
Ramphele was speaking at the University of Cape Town's School of Business on the ‘Marikana Fallout’ and on a wide range of issues, including the mining and grape-farm strikes in Western Cape, and the role of labour unions.

Opposition Parties’ Frustrated With Parliament

The decision by opposition parties to band together in a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma highlights a growing frustration with Parliament.
Executive director of the Institute for Democracy in Africa, Paul Graham, says that proposing a motion of no confidence in a president is legitimate political activity.
Graham states that, “Personally I would like to see a rational, hard talking debate in Parliament about the state of the nation and the performance of the president.”

Uganda to Pass Anti-gay Bill

The speaker of Uganda's parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, says an anti-homosexual bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite international criticism of the draft legislation.
Kadaga says that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year since most Ugandans ‘are demanding it’.
She argues that she promised as much before a meeting of activists who spoke of ‘the serious threat’ posed by homosexuals and demanded the law as ‘a Christmas gift’.

Inyathelo: Programme Coordinator - Ashesa

Inyathelo - the South African Institute for advancement is a nonprofit organisation that strives to build an enduring culture of philanthropy which results in a strong and stable civil society and democracy in South Africa.

Inyathelo is also a key partner of the Kresge Foundation in the USA, and are implementing a programme of “Access and Success” work in the higher education Academic Development arena (the ASHESA programme – Access and Success in Higher Education in South Africa). 

Inyathelo seeks to appoint a Programme Coordinator - Ashesa, based in Cape Town.


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