The world of development aid has changed dramatically in a decade. Ten years ago this month, at the Gleneagles G8 summit, the host leader - former British prime minister, Tony Blair - persuaded his peers to double official development assistance (ODA) to Africa to US$50 billion a year by 2010.
President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the report by the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) on the significant progress South Africa has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The UNAIDS announced in a report ‘How Aids Has Changed Everything - Meeting the MDG Targets’‚ that the world had met and exceeded the AIDS targets of the Millennium Development Goal 6 and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, has disclosed in Parliament that Gauteng municipalities owed the South African National Roads Agency a total of R2.4 million‚ triggering an outcry from politicians and glee from anti-tolling activists.
The Ekurhuleni Metro is the biggest offender with arrears of R1.838 million‚ followed by Tshwane (R351 644) Emfuleni Local Municipality (R127 685) and Lesedi Local Municipality (R111 000).
Deputy Agriculture Minister, Bheki Cele, says combating global warming should be the responsibility of all South Africans.
Addressing delegates at the Forestry Indaba in George, Western Cape, Cele, who is of the view that deforestation is partly to blame for climate change, stressed that it is important to preserve forests for future generations.
“Global warming is part of us. Mess up with the world and I can assure you the world is not going to pardon us…,” he warned
East African Community (EAC) Partner States have been challenged to make declaration to allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals file cases before the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR).
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) parliamentarians have bemoaned the lack of gender parity in the political systems of some member countries at a plenary session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Durban.
Speaker of the Lesotho parliament, Nthloi Motsamai, says, "We feel that women are an endangered species in the politics of Lesotho. By the look of things, one can tell that we are heading towards a situation where we are only going to have 20 women out of the 120 members in the House."
The eThekwini municipality has announced the closure of the last camp in Durban for those displaced by xenophobic violence.
The Chatsworth camp was home to foreign nationals who were displaced during the violent attacks earlier this year.
City spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa, says the foreign nationals were informed about the closure, adding that, “The aim of establishing the interim shelter was to protect the displaced African immigrants from the then volatile situation they faced back in their communities."
National lottery operator, Ithuba, says the Pretoria High Court's overturning of the awarding of its licence will not affect its operations.
This follows a ruling by Judge Neil Tuchten that the decision of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to award the tender to Ithuba is invalid and the licence issue done by the minister is set aside, provided that the operation of the order is suspended for a month.
Multi-million rand funding for emerging black farmers has been approved by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.
Thirty-one projects valued at R146 million have been earmarked for farm recapitalisation.
According to the department, land has been acquired across all nine provinces under the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) and “This development was expected to benefit 5 108 applicants.”
South Africa has continued to face questions about the recent xenophobic violence directed at African immigrants.
The issue was raised during a discussion on migration on the side-lines of the 37th Session of the South African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum meeting in Durban.