Call to Delay New Immigration Regulations

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) has asked the Department of Home Affairs to delay implementing the requirement of an unabridged birth certificate to fly with children.

In a press statement, the organisation’s chief executive officer, Frans Cronjé, warns that the ‘onerous’ new travel regulations‚ which come into effect within a month‚ will harm South Africa’s tourism industry.

TAC Warns SA’s Health System is ‘Falling Apart’

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says the shortage of critical medicines at health facilities cannot go unnoticed any longer.

The TAC's Anele Yawa says some patients in KwaZulu-Natal have reported going for a month without their antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and other chronic medications.

The organisation further says there is a shortage of ARVs and other medication such as painkillers in the country particularly in KwaZulu-Natal which has the second highest number of people on ARVs after Gauteng.

e-Tolls Here to Stay, Says Ramaphosa

South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the unpopular user-pays e-toll system is here to stay - but fees will be cut in half.

Ramaphosa, who announced that a monthly cap for light motor vehicles will be reduced from R450 to R225, says that e-toll fees will be linked to licence renewals – so that motorists cannot get their car discs unless they have paid their e-toll bills.

In announcing the revised e-tolls repayment method, Ramaphosa confirmed that the e-tolls are here to stay and that all the previously unpaid bills will have to be settled.

Zim Govt Stifling Media Expression: Amnesty

Rights group, Amnesty International, says the Zimbabwean government's continuing stranglehold on community radio in the country is stifling media expression.

In a press statement, the organisation’s director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena argues that, "Despite promises and laws enacted more than 14 years ago to free up the airwaves for much needed community radio services, the government of Zimbabwe has failed to deliver on its promises and commitments.”

Uganda’s Controversial NGO Bill Criticised

The Ugandan Parliament is due to debate a controversial Bill by government aimed at clipping the influence of non-governmental organisations as the country gears up for the 2016 general elections.

While government argues that the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration (Amendment) Bill 2013 seeks to expand government powers to monitor non-government organisations’ (NGOs) work, its opponents argue that it is intended to erode civil liberties and entrench political intolerance ahead of the general elections.

Wandi Will Not Resign - Kalabata

Zambia’s Anti Corruption Commission chairperson, Justice Timothy Kabalata, has disclosed that the Board of Commissioners has concluded that there are no valid reasons for Commission director general, Rosewin Wandi, to step down.

Kabalata argues that the director-general is a professional of high integrity and the Board has very high regard and confidence in her leadership and management of the affairs of the Commission.

Land Cap Proposal Shocks Farmers

The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) says the proposal by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, to limit land ownership by large scale farmers has caught them by surprise.

In a press statement, AFASA points out that, “The African Farmers Association of South Africa was caught by surprise as anyone else by the sudden and unexpected announcement of new land ceilings proposed by government.”

Advocacy Group Takes Govt to Court

Advocacy group, Freedom Under Law, is preparing to launch a court challenge to the suspensions‚ inquiries and financial settlements of a line of officials at top government departments.

A rumoured golden handshake for Mxolisi Nxasana if he resigns as the national director of public prosecutions would be the latest resignation and lucrative payout for a public official.

It took an early-morning call from President Jacob’s Zuma’s office and less than five minutes for the Cassim inquiry into Nxasana’s fitness to hold office to start and end.

Sustainable Housing Still a Problem: Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has reiterated that government is building RDP houses for South African citizens and not just for foreign nationals.

Sisulu says housing in South Africa has caused many problems over the years and this been worsened by foreign nationals coming into South Africa and buying RDP houses that are meant for South African citizens at a fraction of the price.


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