• Gay Rights Group Wins Landmark Case

    A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.

    The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.

    The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."

    To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.

    BBC News
  • Human Trafficking on the Rise in SA

    According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, after illegal drugs.
    NPA’s advocate, Luvuyo Mfaku, points out that South Africa ranks among 10 countries in Africa where human trafficking is rife.
    Mfaku, who says 10 000  people are being trafficked in the country annually, from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says human trafficking is a practice that involves the removal of people or persons from their familiar surroundings by means of force, threats, deception or under false pretences for the purposes of exploitation. 
    To read the article titled, “SA sees rise in human trafficking,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Policies Lift Millions Out of Poverty

    The World Bank says South Africa's fiscal policies lifted 3.6 million people out of poverty in 2010/11.

    The South African Economic Update, found that South Africa's fiscal policies are cutting the rates of poverty and inequality, and that tax and social benefits are effectively redistributing income from rich to poor.

    World Bank economist, Catriona Purfield, points out that, "We find that fiscal policy is very progressive in South Africa - it benefits the poor more than the rich."

    To read the article titled, “3.6 million people lifted out of poverty by SA fiscal policies: World Bank,” click here

    Times Live
  • OUTA Welcomes SANRAL e-Toll Submission

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has welcomed the South African Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) decision to make a submission to the Gauteng e-tolls review panel.

    In a press statement, SANRAL spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “While very late in the panel's process, the about turn is most welcome and we look forward to hearing SANRAL’s response to the numerous questions and concerns that have emerged.”

    Clarke says he hopes that the agency's decision to face the panel meant that it will be more willing to be more ‘professional, transparent and engaging’ with the public about e-tolls in the future.

    To read the article titled, “OUTA welcomes SANRAL e-toll submissions,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Peters Urged to do e-Toll Maths

    The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) is shocked at the gross exaggeration and disingenuous nature of transport minister, Dipuo Peter’s statement on e-tolls.

    In a press statement, OUTA points out that, “It must be implied that Minister Peters is referring to the amount required to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).”

    Peter’s told the Gauteng E-Toll Advisory Panel that a further R3.65 needs to be added to the fuel levy if it was to be used to fund road infrastructure needs.

    To read the article titled, “Do the e-toll mathematics, minister: OUTA,” click here.

    My Broadband
  • Zim Takes EU to Task Over Sanctions

    The Zimbabwean government has taken the European Union (EU) to task over its piecemeal removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe while expecting the latter to celebrate the bloc's ridiculing of President Mugabe and his wife by keeping them under the embargo.

    Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, and his deputy, Supa Mandiwanzira, say the EU states and the international media are unjustifiably attacking President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

    Moyo and r Mandiwanzira reportedly told the EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philipe Van Damme, that there is nothing to celebrate in last week's lifting of trade sanctions against Zimbabwe as long as Mugabe and his wife remain under sanctions.

    To read the article titled, “Govt takes EU to task over sanctions,” click here.

    All Africa
  • e-Toll Debt Will Affect Investment: SANRAL

    The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) says that failure to repay the multi-billion-rand debt used for the e-tolling system will affect future investments.

    SANRAL, together with the Transport Department made submissions to the e-tolling review panel in Pretoria on 5 November 2014.

    Meanwhile, the socio-economic impact of e-tolls on Gauteng freeways came under scrutiny when the e-toll advisory panel grilled the department.

    To read the article titled, “E-toll debt will affect investments: SANRAL,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Govt Uses Social Media to Reach Communities

    The Department of Communications says through the use of social media government is able to interact with citizens even in the deep rural areas.

    The Director of Social Media at the Department of Communication, Aslam Levy, says social media is easily accessible, affordable and also gives the public the opportunity to respond and voice their concerns.

    “I think also something interesting to note is that what we are saying about social media is not that we will only be communicating via social media. What we're saying is that we do offer print publication, newspapers,” explains Aslam.

    To read the article titled, “Govt use social media to reach rural communities,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Churches, NGOs, Mourn President Sata

    Churches and non-governmental organisations have expressed sadness over the passing of Zambia’s President, Michael Sata.

    The organisations have also appealed to Zambia to give Sata a befitting send off.

    The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says it is also saddened by Sata’s passing, adding that, “MISA will remember President Sata for his contribution towards media freedom which included the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act operational and allowing the Zambian media to self-regulate through the Zambia Media Council.”

    To read the article titled, “Church, NGOs express sadness at Sata’s death,” click here.

    Daily Mail
  • SMMEs Need Skills Training: Zulu

    Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, says black people’s businesses are the ones that are falling apart.

    Addressing the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa summit on 29 October 2014, Zulu expressed concern over the statistics showing that almost 80 percent of small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs) fail in their first year.

    Speaking on AM Live, the minister says SMMEs need skills training and access to markets to thrive.

    To read the article titled, “SMMEs need skills training: Minister,” click here.

    SABC News
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