NGO Approaches Madonsela Over Hitachi

The Helen Suzman Foundation has asked Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, to probe Eskom, Chancellor House and the African National Congress (ANC) following the damning Hitachi revelations.
The request follows recent claims by the United States Securities Exchange Commission about the awarding of Eskom tenders to Hitachi Power Africa.
The Commission alleged that Hitachi sold a 25 percent interest to Chancellor House, the ANC’s investment arm, in order to land the lucrative contracts at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations.

TAC Favours Early Treatment for HIV Patients

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says giving HIV patients treatment as soon as possible will reduce the risk of AIDS related cancer and tuberculosis (TB).
This comes after the World Health Organisation said HIV patients should be given anti-retroviral drugs soon after diagnosis instead of waiting for their immune cell counts to fall below a certain threshold.

Governance Improves in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries where governance has improved most in the four years up to 2014, according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
The found that Senegal just might surge ahead of its African counterparts in the future, to become one of the continent's powerhouses and that developments in Somalia - long the worst-governed country in Africa - can be described as "a good news story".

​Govt Warned on Rapists and Murderers

Rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have cautioned Zimbabwe against pardoning those who have killed and raped in the name of politics.
The NGOs say this in recommendations drawn under their umbrella National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG), a convergence of 48 NGOs selected to play watchdog to government efforts to restore peace.

Zuma Welcomes UNAIDS Report

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the report by the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) on the significant progress South Africa has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The UNAIDS announced in a report ‘How Aids Has Changed Everything - Meeting the MDG Targets’‚ that the world had met and exceeded the AIDS targets of the Millennium Development Goal 6 and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Metros Not Paying for e-Tolls

Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, has disclosed in Parliament that Gauteng municipalities owed the South African National Roads Agency a total of R2.4 million‚ triggering an outcry from politicians and glee from anti-tolling activists.

The Ekurhuleni Metro is the biggest offender with arrears of R1.838 million‚ followed by Tshwane (R351 644) Emfuleni Local Municipality (R127 685) and Lesedi Local Municipality (R111 000).

Deforestation to Blame for Climate Change

Deputy Agriculture Minister, Bheki Cele, says combating global warming should be the responsibility of all South Africans.

Addressing delegates at the Forestry Indaba in George, Western Cape, Cele, who is of the view that deforestation is partly to blame for climate change, stressed that it is important to preserve forests for future generations.

“Global warming is part of us. Mess up with the world and I can assure you the world is not going to pardon us…,” he warned

SADC Focuses on Gender Role in Politics

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) parliamentarians have bemoaned the lack of gender parity in the political systems of some member countries at a plenary session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Durban.

Speaker of the Lesotho parliament, Nthloi Motsamai, says, "We feel that women are an endangered species in the politics of Lesotho. By the look of things, one can tell that we are heading towards a situation where we are only going to have 20 women out of the 120 members in the House."


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