• Zambia Lifts Ban on Safari Hunting

    Zambia’s government states that it has lifted the 20-month ban on safari hunting because it has lost too much revenue, but lions and leopards will remain protected.

    The ban was imposed in January 2013 over allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions, and because of fears for the future of the country's population of big cats.

    Tourism Minister, Jean Kapata, declares that the country has lost too much revenue following the ban on hunting and the Zambia Wildlife Authority had a lot of financial problems, adding that, hunting fees will be raised.

    To read the article titled, “Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting,” click here.

    News 24
  • Angola’s Poverty Programme Commended

    Fernando Pontes Pereira, the State secretary for local Administration within Angola’s Ministry of Territorial Administration, states that the development works, in the framework of the integrated programme to fighting hunger and poverty are in a good path.

    Pereira asserts that among the programmes in execution, greater attention has been given to the projects in education and water supply.

    He further adds that, the quality of works must be taken in account - the human resources and other factors - as a situation that guarantees the materialisation of infrastructures.

    To read the article titled, “State secretary praises works of programme against poverty,” click here.

    All Africa
  • NGO Director Unable to Enter SA

    A director of a nonprofit chefs’ school in Cape Town has been declared ‘undesirable’ by the Department of Home Affairs after overstaying his visa by 25 days.

    Barry Berman, a United States citizen who runs the Infinity Culinary Training school in Pinelands, may not re-enter the country before June 2015.
    He co-founded the school in 2009 with Zimbabwean-born, Spencer Moyana, to teach basic cooking skills to people from poor communities to improve their chances of gaining employment.
    To read the article titled, “NGO director unable to enter SA,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Universal Internet With Free Wi-Fi for WC

    The Western Cape provincial government intends to offer universal access to the internet to all its residents as it drives public access Wi-Fi.
    MEC for Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, points out that, "By 2030 all households in high, medium and low priority wards should have access to the internet by means of various technologies such as public WiFi access, and/or mobile network connectivity."
    The province has already begun launching public access Wi-Fi hotspots in the province, beginning in George and in Atlantis, however, users will be capped.
    To read the article titled, “Western Cape eyes universal Internet with free Wi-Fi,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • South Africa Prioritises Food Security

    The South African government is mulling ways to improve access to food and ensure good nutrition, including proposals to increase public spending on social programmes that affect food security and market interventions.
    Problems listed by the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security approved by the cabinet include inadequate safety nets and emergency management systems to provide for those who cannot meet their immediate food needs and a lack of knowledge and resources for people to make good choices for nutritious diets, among others.
    A study in 2012 found that 26 percent of households experienced hunger and 28 percent were at risk of food insecurity.
    To read the article titled, “Food security on the table,” click here.

    Times Live
  • UN Slams Abuse of Albinos

    A United Nations (UN) expert has condemned the abuse of young albinos in government care centres in Tanzania, a country where many are killed and their body parts sold as lucky charms.

    Alicia Londono, of the UN human rights office, says that after a spike in killings in 2009, the government placed youngsters in children's homes in a desperate effort to defend them.

    Londono points out that, “It was a protective measure, and welcome at the beginning,” adding that, “But the conditions are appalling. They are overcrowded, hygiene conditions are very poor.”

    At least 74 albinos have been murdered in the East African country since 2000.

    To read the article titled, “UN expert slams ‘abuse’ of albinos in Tanzania,” click here

    IOL News
  • Court Warned Against Minister’s Powers

    The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has told the Constitutional Court that the police minister's powers to suspend the head of the Hawks are too broad and open to abuse.

    HSF’s David Unterhalter told the court the prescripts governing the power to suspend are vaguely defined, adding that, "Grounds of suspension are not specified."

    Unterhalter, who warned that, "An exercise of power without proper review is dangerous," argues that the minister's powers of suspension are not specified, and a suspension made on ‘a ministerial whim’ could disrupt the office of the Hawks, with ‘huge consequences’.

    To read the article titled, “Power without proper review is dangerous – HSF,” click here.

    News 24
  • Integrated Approach Required to End Crime

    Police minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, says that crime can only be successfully fought through an integrated approach between society and government.

    Speaking at the Cape Town Anti-Crime Conference organised by the Congress of the South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape, Nhleko said the ‘mother city’ is a world renowned tourism destination but it has its fair share of crime.

    “The socio economic condition, if it is not addressed, will always produce criminality and it's not the police that are going stand on the side with everything that they have to arrest everybody and then resolve the socio economic condition. It's not going happen that way,” he warned.

    To read an article titled, “‘Integrated approach between society and govt needed to end crime’,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Zambia’s Digital Migration Deadline on Track

    The Zambian government maintains that it is on course in meeting the deadline of migrating to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasting from analogue as set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 17 June 2015.

    Information and Broadcasting Services, deputy minister, Poniso Njeulu, says Cabinet in March 2014 approved the policy on digital migration which set guidelines of migrating Zambia’s broadcasting sector from analogy.

    Njeulu asserts that government, with support from stakeholders, was committed to ensuring that Zambia met the intended objective of migrating to the digital broadcasting era.

    To read an article titled, “Digital migration deadline: Govt on track,” click here.

    Times of Zambia
  • Travellers From Ebola Countries Banned

    In one of the strictest moves yet by a Southern African country against Ebola, Zambia says it would restrict entry of travellers from countries affected by the deadly virus and would ban Zambians from travelling to those countries.

    The health ministry announces that, "All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola virus disease are restricted from entering Zambia until further notice."

    The ministry also affirms that Zambians arriving from those countries would be ‘thoroughly screened and quarantined’, and that no further travel by Zambians to such countries would be allowed.  

    To read the article titled, “Zambia bans travellers from countries hit by Ebola virus,” click here.

    SABC News
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