NGO: SANRAL’s Discounted Dispensation Will Fail

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says newspaper reports that the “e-toll scheme is on the brink of collapse” vindicates its position that the “user-pays scheme was always questionable.”
The organisation warns that a new “60 percent discounted dispensation‚ in attempt to hoodwink the public to come on board”‚ is also likely to fail.

ANC Using Ali as Scapegoat, Says OUTA

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that it is too easy for the African National Congress (ANC) to ‘finger out’ the SA National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) chief executive officer, Nazir Alli, as its scapegoat over Gauteng’s e-tolls debacle.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, argues that, “Government’s ministers and director generals are far too hasty in their acceptance of major capital expenditure projects, and do not go to the required lengths to double check the claims, data and research presented to them.”

South Africa Ranks Fourth on the IIAG

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says that South Africa is the continent's fourth-best governed country on the African continent.

It its latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), the organisation ranks all 54 African countries using 15 years of data from 33 independent institutions.

The organisation notes that each country gets an overall score out of 100, with the total scores composed from four main categories (each with their own subcategories): safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

Zuma Accused Over Nkandla Recommendations

A Cape Town nonprofit organisation has accused President Jacob Zuma of acting unlawfully and irrationally by not implementing the public protector’s recommendation he should pay back a portion of the money spent to upgrade his Nkandla homestead.

The president is set to fight legal battles in both the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria and the Constitutional Court centrering around the powers of Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.

Crime Statistics 2014-2015

On 29 September 2015, Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, released the crime statistics covering the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. An estimated 1.8 million crimes were reported in that period; police operations detected 356 919 crimes, of which 266 902 were drug-related; and 1.7 million people were arrested. 

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.


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