Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day summit of the 15-member SADC in Zimbabwe, Mugabe warns that the continued over-reliance on the goodwill of the cooperation partners compromises African countries the opportunity to own the SADC.
He adds that, "Our region has abundant resources which instead of being sold in raw form at very low prices must be exploited ... to add value to the products which we export."
To read an article titled, “Reduce dependence on aid – Mugabe,” click here.Source:News 24
Greenpeace head, Kumi Naidoo, is facing a series of damaging scandals at the global environmental watchdog, according to a newspaper report.
And to make matters worse the human rights activist, who is the executive director of the Greenpeace, a non-governmental organisation with a budget of R4-billion, is mourning the loss of his father in South Africa.
The “rainbow warriors” have had a bruising fortnight, shaken by incidents that have angered supporters, including the unmasking of an employee who lost R55 million of funds in a foreign currency exchange bungle, among others.
To read the article titled, “Greenpeace boss faces damaging scandal as he mourns his father,” click here.Source:Times Live
Foreign donors have cut aid to Mozambique's government by 11 percent compared to 2013 amid concerns over corruption.
According to an official, the group of donors who contribute aid directly to the Southern African nation's coffers pledged US$275 million in aid this week, down from US$309 million in 2013.
Norway decided to stop its commitment altogether, joining Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain who all pulled out from direct budget support recently.
To read the article titled, “Donors slash Mozambique budget aid,” click here.Source:News 24
Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations are reeling from the global financial crisis as donor aid slows down due to the country’s nagging political deadlock which has dragged on for years.
The situation has also led to a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reportedly scaling down operations because of lack of funding.
The NGO sector is moving away from being a growing sector that is heavily involved in various activities, ranging from social justice, food aid, health services and education to providing water purification tablets during a severe cholera outbreak.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe's embattled NGO sector feels pinch,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive officer, Patrick Dlamini, have launched the R1.5 billion ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA).
The purpose of IIPSA is to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in the southern African region.
The fund was established following a joint initiative between the government of South Africa and the European Union, and forms part of the European Union’s broader intervention under its country strategy for South Africa.
To read the article titled, “DBSA, EU launch R1.5bn infrastructure fund,” click here.Source:Fin 24
The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has donated £120 000 to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to preserve Madiba's legacy.
The BFC donated income they received from match against South Africa towards its work in the promotion of social justice and democracy, both locally and internationally.
The Foundation spokesperson, Sello Hatang, says the donation will be used for projects and the digitization of papers.
To read the article titled, “Mandela Foundation gets a £120 000 boost,” click here.Source:SABC News
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has obtained a final court order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of a former financial assistant who allegedly defrauded it with over R2.6 million.
The money Sinovuyo Ziyanda Mjali allegedly stole was intended for use in the organisation’s medical humanitarian work among migrants.
The North Gauteng High Court granted a final order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Mjali, pending the finalisation of a sequestration application against her.
The Swiss-based mission’s chief in Pretoria, Erick Ventura, says in court papers Mjali’s actions could have far reaching consequences, not only in the organisation, but also its relationship with South Africa.
To read the article titled, “Intern fleeces NGO of R2.6m,” click here.Source:The Citizen
A study conducted by the Lancet medical journal has reported that gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in ten countries.
According to the study, countries such as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria.
The study further shows that financial support has risen from US$100 million annually to about US$2 billion since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria initiative in 2000.
To read the article titled, “Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries,” click here.Source:Times Live
Having been labelled a ‘rape apologist’, David Bullard tried to make peace by starting a donation drive for the Rape Crisis Centre, but the organisation rejected his money.
The controversial columnist started his attempt at donating with this tweet: “Followers, please donate to @RapeCrisis and I’ll start the ball rolling with R3 000. Bank details please.”
The Rape Crisis Centre responded by saying: “@RapeCrisis will not be party to @lunchout2’s whitewashing his actions through associating himself with us. We decline his donation.”
To read the article titled, “No thanks, rape NGO tells Bullard,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has announced that two international lotteries have pledged R232.2 million to the Peace Parks Foundation to fight rhino poaching.
Molewa further adds that, this is the largest single contribution made by the private sector to combat rhino poaching and crime in wildlife.
She explains: “We welcome this public-private partnership to help ensure the survival of the species.”
To read the article titled, “Molewa welcomes rhino saving grant,” click here.Source:The Citizen