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Zim, NGOs Bicker Over Diamond Sales

The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme intercessional plenary meeting took place in Luanda, Angola, this month with Zimbabwe and some Western nations and human rights groups renewing their hostilities.

Resource Exploitation Watch chairperson, Tafadzwa Musarara, and some government insiders are accusing the West of trying to block trade in Zimbabwean gems alleging that they might be laundered through the sale of diamonds in the United Arab Emirates which is under intense scrutiny.

Ban of NGO's in Malawi Challenged

Malawi’s former justice minister, Ralph Kasambara, triggered debate on social media when he challenged Malawi government through the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Board against shutting down NGOs operating ‘without following proper procedures’, mostly those that are critical to the administration.

Those targeted include Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with AIDS, Malawi Health Equity Network, Centre for Development of People and Malawi Economic Justice Network among 320 NGOs that risk closure for failing to register with the NGO Board.

People First Seeks NGOs Support

Expelled former Zimbabwe’s Vice President, Dr Joice Mujuru's putschist cabal is suspected to be canvassing for grassroots support through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are funding projects under the banner of the People First project.

One of the local NGOs which was registered under the name Vukuzenzele has raised suspicions on its moves to help people in different districts of the country while claiming that the help was coming from People First.

Endangered Wildlife List Swells in 2015

Lions in Africa retained an overall listing as ‘vulnerable’, one of the least endangered categories, thanks to conservation in Southern Africa.

A study shows that the number of animals and plants at risk of extinction rose in 2015 despite government pledges to improve protection, with species under threat ranging from lions in West Africa to orchids in Asia.

The Red List of Endangered Species, backed by governments, scientists and conservationists, grew to 22 784 species in 2015, almost a third of all animals and plants sampled, from 22 413 a year ago, it said.

OUTA Slams Gazetted e-Toll Tariffs

Simply painting a new coat over the same rusty broken vehicle and trying to sell it as a new car.

That’s how the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has described the new gazetted e-toll dispensation regulations.

In May, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a raft of new e-toll dispensations, including that e-toll fees would be capped at 30 cents a kilometre and, controversially, that payment would be linked to vehicle licence renewals.

WEF Tackles Transformation in the Mining Industry

Captains of the industry at the World Economic Forum on Africa together with government leaders will look at ways of achieving transformation in the mining industry to ensure that all Africans share in the continent's mineral wealth.
 
Africa has by far the world's largest mineral deposits in the world and it remains the poorest continent in the world. 
 
Lonmin Platinum chief executive officer, Ben Magara, says the meeting will look at ways in which this can be combated despite the current challenges in the mining industry.
 

SAHRC: Medical Waste Incinerator Violates Rights

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that EnviroServ’s regional medical waste incineration facility in Bloemfontein compromises community members’ right to a clean environment.
 
The SAHRC investigated after residents complained that the company’s incinerator has been billowing out large volumes of smoke during the day and night for the past two years.
 
The commission argues that as a result, the air in the area is polluted, affecting the health of residents in the area.
 

DSD Tackles NPO Registration Backlog

The Department of Social Development (DSD) is making significant progress in tackling the backlog of registering non-profit-making organisations, this in collaboration with its provincial outlets.
 
The department representative, Lillian Mswane, who is part of a team of national officials from this department, says since 2012 Minister Bathabile Dlamini dispatched national teams to embark on an aggressive road show aimed at fast-tracking the issuing of certificates to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) in the various South African provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal.
 

Summit to Change Face of ICT in SA

The information and communication technology (ICT) summit in Bloemfontein is trying to fast-track access to information by South Africans.
 
Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, says good progress is being made, adding that: "We are told as a country that we are at 48.7 percent … that also relates to the Free State and Limpopo is at 32 percent, with Gauteng at 59 percent and the Western Cape leading."
 

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