A South African official states that, Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties.
South Africa's minister of international relations and cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has announced that as a result of the coalition government not being ‘fully functional’ Lesotho's leaders are planning to ‘shorten the mandate, of the coalition’.
Nkoana-Mashabane recommends the country to now focus on ‘free, fair and incident free democratic elections for a fresh mandate’ in the upcoming elections to be held in 2017.
To read the article titled, “Lesotho to hold early vote to end political crisis,” click here.Source:News 24
Zimbabwean lawyers condemn reported assaults, deaths of suspects in police custody, as well as conditions in holding cells they dub unfit for human habitation.
During a parliamentary committee on human rights, president of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Lloyd Mhishi, expresses that, “There have been disturbing reports of deaths in police custody and some of our members have reported that some of their clients have been assaulted or coerced to make confessions.”
Meanwhile, human rights organisations have denounced prison conditions in Zimbabwe, saying suspects are often held in overcrowded cells without functioning bathroom facilities, and issued threadbare and often lice-infested blankets.
To read the article titled, “Lawyers blast inhumane Zim holding cells,” click here.Source:IOL News
Google, the world’s largest search engine, has denied several requests from the South African government to obtain user data as well as requests to remove content.
In its transparency report, the company says that during January to June this year, it received seven requests from South Africa for user data, which it disregarded since no information was given.
It explains that, “We review each request to make sure that it complies with both the spirit and the letter of the law, and we may refuse to produce information or try to narrow the request in some cases.”
To read the article titled, “Google snubs SA govt data requests,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Zimbabwean government has commended community-based and non-governmental organisations for becoming key partners in protecting and conserving the environment.
Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, says this enhanced the Zim-Asset objectives in addressing environmental challenges through community participation.
Speaking at the United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (UNDP-GEFSGP) Exhibition and Knowledge Fair Event in Harare, Kasukuwere pointed out that these organisations have become key partners in maintaining the fine balance between human needs and environmental sustainability.
To read the article titled, “Community-based NGOs key in conservation,” click here.Source:All Africa
- Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.
His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.
To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.Source:All Africa
A South African non-governmental organisation, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, has received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy.
The Confucius Prize for Literacy award was presented on International Literacy Day - 8 September 2014 - and its candidacy was supported by the Ministry of Basic Education and the South African National Commission for UNESCO.
Molteno chief executive, Masennya Dikotla, points out that the recommendation by the Department of Basic Education shows the trust they have in the work that Molteno does, adding that, “We dedicate this prize to the children of our beloved country and will use the prize money to ensure a better future for them.”
To read the article titled, “SA NGO receives top UNESCO award,” click here.Source:IOL News
Scores of small scale farmers in Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, are at risk of losing their farms.
According to the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Ayanda Mhlongo, more than 20 farmers have already lost their farms due to alleged corruption and mismanagement by Mjindi - a government appointed management entity.
Mhlongo says the farmers claim to have lease agreements on the land, adding that other farmers also allege government promised them farming implements, withheld by Mjindi, resulting in dying crops.
To read the article titled, “Small scale farmers risk losing farms in KZN,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Southern African region's eyes shifts to Pretoria when the second Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika summit, aimed at resolving the political crisis in Lesotho, commences.
The second round of talks comes after the governing coalition failed to meet the deadline to agree on a date for parliament to reconvene.
SADC chair, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, is already in South Africa for a meeting that will be chaired by President Jacob Zuma.
To read the article titled, “Pretoria to host second SADC Troika on Lesotho,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Oppostion to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) believes the questionable execution of e-tolling in Gauteng had paved its road to failure.
Speaking at an advisory panel on e-tolls which looks at the systems socioeconomic impact, OUTA chairperson Wayne Duvenage was demonstrating reasons for the failure of the system.
Duvenage, states that, “We are wasting everyday peoples’ money… we need to switch the system off.”
To read the article titled, “E-tolls failed: OUTA,” click here.Source:Times Live
Kenny Dlamini writes that during the United States of America-Africa Leaders’ summit which took place on August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa’s youth.
Dlamini says the call to invest in the youth was in line with the theme of the summit ‘Investing in the Next Generation’, which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.
He says, “It is true that Africa cannot always rely on outside help for its future prosperity. At the same time this does not mean that the continent must not welcome outside assistance that claims or seeks to help Africans to build a better and prosperous future.”
To read the article titled, “Africa must breed its own young leaders,” click here.Source:SABC News