governance

Govt Winning Fight Against Drug Addiction

The chief health officer in the Ministry of Health, Setshwano Mokgwetsinyana, says Botswana has made strides in addressing drug addiction.
 
This shows in, among others, the funding of 12 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) offering rehabilitation throughout the country.
 
Mokgwetsinyana says the NGOs are funded from the alcohol levy fund, making the revelation at the official launch of training for nationals on the fight against drug abuse held at the Masa Square Hotel in Gaborone.
 

Foundation Clarifies Rumours Around Mbeki

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says it is still being inundated with queries regarding the health of the former president.
 
This follows reports on what has been described as a ‘dubious website’ that Mbeki had died.
 
It is regrettable that some media outlets, including public broadcasters on the continent, have reported on the hoax as fact without reference to the foundation or accredited South African Embassies and High Commissions in their countries.
 

UK Stops Funding a Malawi NGO

The United Kingdom government is to stop giving money to a charity in Malawi following a British Broadcasting Corporation investigation which found it was under the control of a cult-like group.

Dapp, which runs education and health projects in the African country, has received millions of pounds in the last decade from the United Kingdom, European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

It is connected to the Teachers Group, whose leaders are wanted by Interpol over fraud allegations.

​IEC Happy With Smooth' Start to Elections

Community protest action delayed the casting of special votes on Monday, 1 August 2016, in six municipalities‚ although a majority of voting stations opened on time in what the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said was a smooth beginning for the polls.

Three motor vehicle accidents and four minor incidents of incorrect ballot papers being delivered mark the start of South Africa’s fifth local government election‚ with the majority of South Africans set to cast their ballots between 7h00 and 19h00 on 3 August 2016.

​Homosexuality Ruled Out of Zambia’s Constitution

Law experts in Zambia’s Ministry of Justice have cautioned people who are spreading false information on the proposed Bill of Rights that it has enshrined homosexuality.

Senior Parliamentary Counsel, Kevin Mweemba, dispelled the rumours in Isoka district of Muchinga province during the ongoing country wide sensitisation campaign on the referendum.

Mweemba challenged Heads of government Departments, non-governmental organisations and church leaders to explain in depth the need for voting for the referendum on 11 August 2016.

Mugabe Claims Mawarire Sponsored by Foreign Countries

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has accused pastor, Evan Mawarire – the man who organised a nationwide strike against the government - of being sponsored by foreign countries allegedly trying to destabilise his administration.

Mawarire was briefly arrested and charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government before being freed by a court in the capital, Harare. Hundreds of cheering supporters greeted his release.

AICC to Launch Corporate Citizenship Manuals

In an effort to overcome the various socio-economic challenges that developing nations like Malawi continue to face such as ever-growing population and decreasing resources, the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) plans on launching corporate citizenship manuals.

Through the manuals, the organisation seeks to foster a productive working partnerships between governments, private sector and the civil society to work together to exercise shared responsibility to achieve collective prosperity that help build sustainable communities.

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